Network Rail appoint Michelle Handforth as Wales and Western MD

Michelle Handforth will join Network Rail in the summer, replacing Mark Langman following his retirement.

Network Rail has today announced that Michelle Handforth has been appointed 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, replacing Mark Langman following his retirement

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

Looking forward to her new role, 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.”

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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