The School of Engineering at the University of Birmingham has announced it has a new professor in rail strategy.
Professor Paul Plummer has been appointed to lead research in the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE).
Professor Plummer is an economist by training, and worked for 13 years at Network Rail, playing a key role in network planning, development projects, system operation, regulation, and strategy. He has also been the chief executive of the Rail Delivery Group, and was non executive director for the National Grid ESO (Electricity System Operator) and for Network Homes Ltd.
At the Rail Delivery Group, he advocated for reform on behalf of the industry in an organisation bringing together train operators with Network Rail and HS2. At an international level, Professor Plummer was president of European Infrastructure Managers.
At BCRRE, Professor Plummer will help to shape research aimed at enabling long-term customer experience, affordability, connectivity and decarbonisation through technology and innovation.
He said: “The University of Birmingham has already developed a hugely impressive capability in railway research and education and I am excited to help grow and apply that capability to solve the long term challenges and opportunities that are facing the industry. I’m also looking forward to working with and supporting the next generation of truly diverse talent to join the railway.
“I feel privileged that, combined with my non-executive roles in energy and housing, I have the chance to use my experience in areas which matter to people’s lives.”