Network Rail has appointed former White Young Green chief executive Lawrie Haynes and former Gatwick airport Managing director Janice Kong to its board as non-executive directors.
Haynes presided over consultant White Young Green when the company embarked on an ambitious programme of expansion through acquisition. White Young Green shareholders last week voted to approve a debt-for-equity swap that will see the company delist from the main London Stock Exchange in February.
Haynes is currently president of the nuclear arm of Rolls-Royce. A Network Rail statement read: “His [Haynes’]general business experience and, in particular, his mission-critical project and safety management expertise will be a valuable addition to the Board.”
According to Network Rail, “Janis Kong has a long history of operating businesses where customer relationships have been critical to success and has held non-executive directorships with large plcs.”
Network Rail’s chairman, Rick Haythornthwaite, said: “I believe that the current cadre of non-executive directors has done an excellent job supporting and counselling the executive management team in the journey from bringing Railtrack out of administration to a functioning, capable railway that is operating at record levels of safety, punctuality, reliability and capacity.
“Today we face new challenges and opportunities and the composition of the board must reflect that. The appointment of these highly-experienced and capable individuals give Network Rail renewed corporate oversight. This will be vital as we continue our job to deliver a high-performing, bigger and better railway,” he said.
Ian Buchan and Yvonne Constance will stand down from Network Rail’s board between now and the company’s AGM in July. “Ian and Yvonne will leave with our great appreciation for their strong counsel and contribution to the company during challenging years and our thanks for the selfless manner in which that have applied themselves to the Board reshaping process,” said Haythornthwaite.
Both appointments will join Network Rail’s board later this month.
Lawrie Haynes’ CV:
2009: President - nuclear, Rolls-Royce
2007 to 2009: White Young Green plc, chief executive
2003 to 2007: BNFL plc, BNFL plc main board director, , British Nuclear Group, chief executive
2000 to 2002: Lattice Group plc, group managing director, telecoms; chief executive 186k Ltd; chairman SST Ltd
1999 to 2000: PricewaterhouseCoopers, partner
1994 to 1999: Highways Agency, chief executive
1992 to 1994: British Aerospace plc, project director (restructuring/M&A)
1989 to 1992: Microtel Communications Ltd (now known as Orange), managing director
Other: Board of trustees for the RAF benevolent fund and chairman of its pension fund and remuneration committee; FRSA, FIHT, FCIT
Janis Kong’s CV:
2006: Kingfisher plc, non-executive director
2006: VisitBritain, non-executive director
2006: Forum for the Future, chairman
2000: Portmeirion Group plc, non-executive director
2006 to 2009: RBS, non-executive director
2005 to 2006: Heathrow Express, chairman
2002-2006: BAA plc, main board member
2001 to 2006 Heathrow Airport, chairman
1997 to 2001: Gatwick Airport, managing director
1994 to 1997: Gatwick Airport, operations director