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Network Rail strengthens board with Shell director

Network Rail has made a further heavyweight addition to its board with the appointment of Shell executive director Malcolm Brinded as a non-executive director.

Network Rail chairman Rick Haythornthwaite said the appointment was one of the final elements in his task to reshape the rail operators board. Last month it was revealed that current Olympic Delivery Authority chief executive will be taking over from Iain Coucher as chief executive early next year.

My priority when joining Network Rail was to reshape the non-executive element of the board. Building on the success of the current and former non-executives; this reflects the change agenda on which the company is now embarked,” said Haythornthwaite.

“Malcolm Brinded will play a vital role in Network Rail’s corporate governance. His many years of experience at a senior level at one of the world’s biggest companies will be a great asset to Network Rail’s board. I warmly welcome him.”

Other recent non-executive appointments recently announced include: Lawrie Haynes, president - nuclear, Rolls-Royce; Janis Kong, non-executive director at Kingfisher, Visit Britain, Portmeirion, Forum for the Future and former main board director of BAA (2002-2006); and Graham Eccles, former deputy chairman of London Midland.

“The appointment of Brinded is one of the final elements of my task to reshape the board. It is now well equipped to support the company as it embarks on a new phase of its evolution - a phase that will see a change of approach and direction as it works to deliver a better, less costly railway,” said Haythornthwaite.

Brinded became executive director of Shell’s upstream international business in July 2009. He joined Shell after graduating in engineering from University of Cambridge and has worked for Shell companies in Brunei, the Netherlands, Oman and the UK. In 1998 he became managing director of Shell UK exploration and production - responsible for a fifth of the country’s offshore oil and gas business - and from 1999 until 2002 he was Shell country chairman in the UK. He continues as a member of the Royal Dutch Shell board, a role he has held since its formation in 2004, and was a member of the boards of the two former parent companies since 2002. From March 2004 until his current appointment, he was executive director in charge of exploration & production.

He is a Fellow of the ICE and of the Royal Academy of Engineering. He is a member of the Nigerian president’s honorary international investor council and a trustee of the Emirates Foundation and the international business leaders forum. He is also the chairman of the Shell foundation. In 2002 he was appointed CBE for services to the UK oil and gas industry.

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