Board of directors is composed of members of the existing National Express East Anglia team, Dutch rail professionals and some fresh faces.

Abellio has announced that Ruud Haket will head the new Greater Anglia franchise which starts operating February 5. Haket lead the Dutch group’s successful bid for the 29-month contract.

Haket has been bid director – UK at Abellio since September 2008. Before that he was engineering director at Northern Rail, which Abellio operates through a 50/50 joint venture with Serco. He joined NedRailways in 1996.

Haket will head a team of directors that contains a mixture of fresh faces and members of the existing National Express East Anglia team.
Three of the nine director positions have been awarded to the existing incumbents: Andrew Goodrum (customer services), Adam Golton (finance) and John Ratcliffe (engineering).

In addition to Haket, there are two further appointments with experience of working for the Dutch railway. Thijs Jan Noomen, head of bid management at Abellio, has been appointed as Greater Anglia’s projects director. Noomen was a project manager at ProRail, the Dutch rail infrastructure company between 1996 and 2008. Meanwhile, Nanouke van ‘t Riet joins Greater Anglia from NS-Reizigers, the passenger division of NS, where she most recently service and operations manager.

Two board-level appointments have been made from outside Abellio and NXEA. Andrew Camp joins the company as commercial director. He has occupied the same role at Foreign and Commonwealth Office Services since September 2009. Previously he has also worked for Severn Trent Water and Calor Gas. Simone Bailey has been named as the franchise’s asset management director. Bailey was previously head of commercial estate at Network Rail.

Finally, Abellio’s head of HR, Dave Welham, will serve as interim HR Director.

Explaining the appointments, Haket said: “Greater Anglia is the first franchise to obtain responsibility for the stations within the franchise and for this reason I have appointed an asset management director. We have brought back the role of commercial director to reflect the commitment to growth and investment in marketing. The projects director appointment is also new and will take the lead on our Olympic planning and delivery and working with the Crossrail team. The Greater Anglia team is strengthened by these new appointments.”

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