Michelle Handforth joins Network Rail

Network Rail appoint new managing director of Wales & Western

Network Rail has appointed Michelle Handforth as the new managing director for the Wales & Western region.

Currently the chief executive of Aberdeen Harbour Board, Handforth will join Wales & Western in the summer.

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Michelle has had a wide-ranging international career in several sectors including aviation, rail, maritime, financial services and the oil and gas industry.

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She previously held roles at Great North Eastern Railways as commercial director and with First Group as a strategic lead on franchise bids. She brings with her over 20 years’ board experience in customer service, safety, transport infrastructure and innovation.

Michelle Handforth said: “I’m delighted to be appointed as managing director of Wales & Western and to return to the rail industry at such a critical time.

“I look forward to working with colleagues and industry partners to welcome passengers back to the railway by providing the best possible service.”

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Andrew Haines, chief executive of Network Rail said: “I’m pleased we could bring Michelle back into the rail industry.

“It’s been a difficult year and she’ll bring a fresh perspective to help us navigate through these challenging times.”

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