Rail Forum Board

  • Paul Robinson

    Chair
    In his ‘day job’ Paul is Managing Director of Keolis Nottingham Trams who Operate and Maintain the NET Light Rail System. He is also a Board Director for Keolis Amey Metrolink and Seilwaith Amey Keolis Ltd (W&B) Franchises. He has over 35 years in the rail sector having held Director positions at RFS, Babcock/Siemens, Bombardier and Alstom Transport. He brings a wealth of experience: operationally, commercially and with strategic leadership.
  • Michelle Craven-Faulkner

    Vice-Chair
    In her ‘day job’ Michelle is a Partner at Shoosmiths. Previously, she joined Geldards from Nelsons following several years contracting experience with Alstom Transport covering projects across the whole of the UK. Michelle has experience across all aspects of rail having been involved with supporting the manufacturing, renovation, service and parts supply functions, together with West Coast Mainline, Northern & Jubilee Line and Light Rail Projects.
  • Simon Higgens MBE

    Vice-Chair
    Simon is Business Development Director at Story Contracting Ltd, a civil engineering company that operates in the rail and construction sectors.  Having cut his teeth in the rail industry at Babcock, he was CEO of Derby-based ISS Labour and Market Engagement Director at Amey Consulting & Rail. Prior to joining the rail industry, Simon served in the Royal Engineers for 30 years and deployed worldwide on numerous operations. Drawing on his military and rail experience, Simon brings his strategic and leadership skills to the Board and a passion for lifelong learning and addressing the industry’s skills gap.

Rail Forum Executive Directors

  • Anna Ince

    Chief Executive Officer at Resonate
  • Chris Swan

    Head of Rail at Tarmac
  • David Brookes

    Head of Business Development at Elite KL
  • David Taylor

    Managing Director at Datum Composites
  • Donna Hoffman

    Managing Director at Inside Out Group
  • Laura May

    Business Development Manager at TUV Rheinland UK
  • Maria Smith

    Business Development Manager at Flotec Industrial
  • Michael Grace

    Strategic Development Director, TXM Consult
  • Nicola Phillips

    Supply Chain Director at Siemens Mobility
  • Paul Bennison

    Business Unit Manager, Dellner Couplers UK
  • Scott Harrison

    Chief Operating Officer at Permaquip
  • Will Tanner

    Communications Director, UK and Ireland, Alstom

Rail Forum Stakeholder Members of the Board

  • Chris Wright

    Commercial Director, East Midlands Railway
  • Cllr Trevor Ainsworth

    Derbyshire County Council
  • Gary Walsh

    Route Director, Network Rail
  • Kevin Hepworth

    Unite the Union
  • Kyle Butterworth

    Head of Rail Improvement, EM Councils
  • Lawrence Bowman

    Deputy Managing Director & Customer Experience Director at West Midlands Trains
  • Rupert Brennan Brown

    Director, Strategic Stakeholder Engagement – This is a non executive Board appointment providing advice to the Rail Forum team on strategic stakeholder engagement  

Rail Forum Non-Exec Advisors

Rail Forum Honorary Patron

Rt Hon Lord Patrick McLoughlin CH

Rail Forum Young Persons Ambassador

Harry Burr, Chief Executive, Sustainable Transport Midlands