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Network Rail appoints David Higgins as non-executive director

Network Rail has today announced the appointment of Olympic Delivery Authority chief executive David Higgins as a non-executive director.

Former train operating company chairman Graham Eccles has also been given a non-executive directorship.. Both will take up their new positions later this month.

Higgins is currently the chief executive of the Olympic Delivery Authority and previously held the same role at English Partnerships and Lend Lease.

Eccles career includes deputy chairman of London Midland, chairman of the South East Strategic Health Authority (2006-2009) and senior positions at Stagecoach Group, South West Trains and Virgin Rail Group.

Announcing the appointments, Network Rail chairman Rick Haythornthwaite said: “Strengthening and enhancing the board has been one of my priorities since joining the company. David and Graham bring a host of skills, experience and expertise with them that will be of great value to the company as it faces the challenges of the next five years and beyond.”

A current non-executive director, Chris Green, has also announced that he will not be standing for re-election at the company’s AGM in July.

David Higgins CV
2006 to date: Chief executive, Olympic Delivery Authority
2003 to 2005: English Partnerships, chief executive
1995 to 2002: Group chief executive, Lend Lease
1990 to 1995: Chief executive, Lend Lease Property Services

Graham Eccles CV
2009: Deputy chairman, London Midland
2006 to 2009: Chairman, South East Strategic Health Authority
2000 to 2006: Chairman, South West Trains; co-chaiman, Virgin Rail Group and thetrainline.com; main board director of Stagecoach Group
1999 to 2000: Managing director, South West Trains
1998 to 1999: Operations director, South West Trains
1996 to 1998; Senior role in Stagecoach’s mergers and acquisitions
1993 to 1996: Managing Director, Network South Central
1962 to 1993: Various roles in British Rail including such senior positions as chief operations manager of the Anglia region, deputy chief of operations for the Southern Region and director of operations for Network South East

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