Neil Hannah has been appointed as chairman of Network Certification Body (NCB), succeeding Tim Dugher.
NCB is the Network Rail subsidiary that provides a system-wide approach to railway assurance and certification on infrastructure, vehicle and plant projects. Formed in 2012, NCB specialises in railway assurance and certification – demonstrating the technical competence and independent, impartial operation that is required by the rail industry.
A physicist by training, Neil has been working in general management for over 30 years in both the manufacturing and service sectors, latterly in the certification, test and inspection business. He is a non-executive director of the British Board of Agrément, which certifies construction products.
He has previously held senior management positions at BSI and Applus, where he managed aspects of inspection and certification in the nuclear, aerospace and oil & gas sectors.
Speaking of his appointment, Neil said: “May I start by expressing my thanks to Tim Dugher, who has led the board of NCB since its very early days. I would like to pay tribute to him and his colleagues for the way they have set the direction for NCB over the past few years and helped it establish itself as a trusted partner in the rail certification sector.
“I join the board at a difficult moment, given the COVID-19 pandemic and all its implications for business and individuals. I am confident, however, that NCB will continue to provide the excellent certification service that the industry needs and I look forward to working with colleagues across the whole of the rail industry as we seek to take it forward.”