He brings significant experience in public sector railway management, including rail franchises and project delivery. Many of these roles involved building effective and credible cross-industry relationships between the public and private sectors. He has experience of working effectively with Ministers, senior civil servants and directors of train operating companies and suppliers including Network Rail.
From 2016-19 Mark was Principal Programme client for the Transpennine Route Upgrade, in which role he produced the first ‘Client Delivery Agreement’ between the DfT and Network Rail. Prior to this he was responsible for the sponsorship of a portfolio of rail-based projects within DfT including the King’s Cross station upgrade (£525m); ITSO on Prestige smartcard scheme (£60m); the National Station Improvement Programme (£275m) and the East Coast Main Line High Level Output Statement works (£400m). He also served as Head of Programme Assurance on the Crossrail Joint Sponsorship Team, and held a series of franchise management roles including Chiltern Railways, Central Trains, Silverlink and London Midland.
Mark graduated from the Institute of Transport Studies at University of Leeds in 1998 with an MBA in Transport Management, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Civil Engineers, a Charted Member of the Institute of Logistics & Transport and a Member of the Association for Project Management.
Mark was also an accredited OGC ‘medium risk’ review team leader and undertook a NETLIPSE review of a €125m rail infrastructure project in Finland in August 2018.