John Gill

John Gill

Director of Business Development, Network Rail

John Gill is a dynamic, proactive safety focused Business Leader with excellent communication, negotiation and influencing skills. A highly motivated Chartered Engineer with a wealth of experience and a vast array of skills acquired through 30 years within the transport industry.

Gill started his career with British Rail in 1987 as a trainee signalling apprentice and has worked his way through the Rail Industry and has held numerous positions at Director Level. His experience covers Infrastructure Maintenance, Projects, Operations and Business Development over numerous Regions across the country.

Gill is responsible for leading all Business Development opportunities for Network Rail South East Route. Business Development is a new Directorate within Network rail and the South East Route has huge opportunities to attract 3rd Party investment into the Rail industry. Gill’s main role is to build strong relationships with all external stakeholders underpinned by a commitment to deliver outstanding innovative projects.

Past Experience in Rail

Infrastructure Services Director (June 2013 – July 2017)  

Responsible for managing the relationship with London Overground Rail Operations Limited (LOROL) and all organisations within Transport for London (TFL), acting as the Senior Network Rail point of contact. Key challenges are to oversee TFL’s major capacity upgrade programmes whilst delivering outstanding performance for the customers who use the London Transport system.

Senior Programme Director – Anglia (June 2012 – June 2013)

Key accountability was to work with LOROL, TFL and other train operators through the 2012 Olympic Games whilst moving record breaking passenger numbers and delivering record breaking performance. Gill was responsible for setting up the Network Rail / LOROL Alliance during this time.

Route Infrastructure Maintenance Director – Wessex  (Oct 2009 – June 2012)

Responsible for providing leadership and strategic direction to 1200 Maintenance and Renewals staff on the Wessex Route. Key challenges were to provide a safe and reliable infrastructure to the 400,000 passengers travelling on 2,000 trains every day across 215 stations and over 1700 miles of track. The main stations he had responsibility for were Waterloo and Clapham Junction.

Route Infrastructure Maintenance Director – Sussex  (Jan 2009 – Oct 2009)

Key challenges were to provide a high performing, safe and reliable infrastructure in and out of London Bridge, London Victoria, East Croydon stations and also kept the Brighton Main Line flowing.

Infrastructure Maintenance Manager - Thames Valley (Dec 2007 – Jan 2009)

Brought in by the Network Rail CEO to lead the recovery in the Thames Valley area for train performance, taking it from 78% to 91% PPM within 1 year.

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