Nine men and women make up the executive team for a new “deep alliance” between South West Trains and Network Rail, with responsibility for both trains and tracks out of London Waterloo – a first for the UK rail industry

Sir Roy McNulty’s ideas became reality this week when South West Trains and Network Rail announced the launch for the new “deep alliance”. A single, senior joint management team now has responsibility for both trains and tracks on the route operating in and out of London Waterloo .

The alliance, which officially went live on April 29, is a first for the UK rail industry and has been approved by the Department for Transport and the Office of Rail Regulation. It is planned to run until February 4, 2017, the expiry date of the South West Trains franchise agreement.

The creation of the alliance follows the publication of Sir Roy McNulty’s report on rail value for money last year, which recommended closer alignment between train operating companies and Network Rail to reduce inefficiencies in the UK rail system. It also delivers a key element of the government’s Rail Command Paper, published in March, which also called for closer co-operation.



Tim Shoveller – Managing Director
Shoveller’s railway career has included senior management positions at Virgin Trains and Eurostar. More recently, he headed up the East Midlands Trains franchise for four years, before moving on to become managing director of South West Trains in January 2012.

Jim Morgan – Infrastructure Director
Morgan has more than 40 years experience in the rail industry, both in the UK and overseas. He has worked in a variety of engineering and operations roles both for train operators and for Network Rail. He has been involved in major projects such as the electrification of the West Coast Main line, the creation of Hull Trains as the UK’s first open access operator, and he has also been instrumental in rolling out new signalling technology within Network Rail.

Mark Steward – Operations Director
Steward has held senior positions with Merseyrail Electrics, First North Western, Silverlink and East Midlands Trains. Steward joined South West Trains as operations director in early March.

Christian Roth – Fleet Director
Roth’s railway career has covered a variety of roles in both in the UK and in Germany. He joined South West Trains in December 2008, following five years heading up the UK rail business for Siemens.

Brian Cook – Safety and Assurance Director
Cook has worked with South West Trains since the start of the franchise and currently holds the position of safety and environment director.

Kelly Barlow – HR Director
Barlow has held HR roles within both East Midlands Trains and South West Trains, and has most recently worked in the Stagecoach business development team.

Sam McCarthy – Commercial Director
An accountant by training, McCarthy has worked for Network Rail for the last five years, and was most recently finance director for the company’s Wessex Route.

Jake Kelly – Customer Service Director
Kelly started his career as an economist specialising in transport for a leading accountancy company, which included an 18-month period spent on secondment to Railtrack. He moved to Stagecoach in 2002.More recently, he was customer service director at East Midlands Trains, before moving to South West Trains in 2010.

Andy West – Finance Director
West has gained extensive experience of rail finances, having held senior financial positions, both pre and post privatisation. He has been finance director of South West Trains since 2000.


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