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Two new appointments to Network Rail’s board


Two new non-executive directors have joined Network Rail’s board.

Ismail Amla is currently the chief growth officer at Capita, having previously led the North American Services business for IBM out of New York. Prior to IBM, Ismail was CEO for the consulting firm Capco in North America, and before that was a member of the leadership team for Accenture in the UK.

He is passionate about harnessing the power of diversity and in ensuring that technology is used as a force for good in bridging inequality.

Stephen Duckworth OBE founded and ran Disability Matters Limited, a research and consultancy business with expertise in health and safety, sustainability and diversity with an emphasis on access and mobility. He also sits on the boards of several organisations and has held numerous advisory roles to government, in addition to an extensive body of international work across various EU states, the US, China, New Zealand, Australia, India, South Africa and the Middle East.

As a wheelchair user who regularly travels by train, Stephen has a keen interest in the railway and accessibility and has previously carried out consultancy work with Southwest Trains and Eurostar. He has also been listed in the Power 100 of the most influential disabled people in Britain.

In addition to these two appointments, two other directors have been reappointed – Mike Putnam (effective from December 2020) and David Noyes (effective from June 2021).

As of 1 April 2021, the members of the Network Rail board are therefore:

  • Sir Peter Hendy CBE, chairman
  • Andrew Haines, chief executive
  • Jeremy Westlake, chief financial officer
  • Rob Brighouse, senior independent director
  • Michael Harrison, non-executive director
  • Silla Maizey, non-executive director
  • Mike Putnam, non-executive director
  • David Noyes, non-executive director
  • Fiona Ross, non-executive director
  • Mark Bayley CBE, non-executive director
  • Ismail Amla, non-executive director
  • Stephen Duckworth OBE, non-executive director


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