Sir John Armitt, Chairman
Sir John Armitt is currently Deputy Chairman of Berkeley Group Holdings plc, Chairman of City and Guilds, Chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority and a member of the Transport for London Board. Sir John was Chairman of the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council until 31 March 2012. From 2001 to 2007 he was Chief Executive of Network Rail and its predecessor, Railtrack. In 1997 he was appointed as Chief Executive of Costain Group plc, a position he held until 2001. Before this Sir John was Chief Executive of Union Railways, the company responsible for development of the high speed Channel Tunnel Rail Link. This followed a 27 year career at John Laing plc.
Sir John assumed the role of Chairman on 1 February 2013.
Committee Membership(s): Nomination Committee (Chairman), Safety and Environment Committee.
Dean Finch, Group Chief Executive
Prior to joining National Express, Dean Finch was Group Chief Executive of Tube Lines from June 2009. Before that he worked for over 10 years in senior roles within First Group plc. He joined First Group in 1999 having qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG, where he worked for 12 years specialising in Corporate Transaction Support Services, including working for the Office of Passenger Rail Franchising on the privatisation of train operating companies. At First Group, he was Managing Director of the Rail Division from 2000-2004 and then was appointed to the main board as Group Commercial Director in 2004, before being made Group Finance Director. With the completion of the Laidlaw acquisition he became Chief Operating Officer in North America before returning to the UK as Group Chief Operating Officer.
Jez Maiden, Group Finance Director
Jez Maiden was formerly Chief Finance Officer at Northern Foods plc. Prior to that, he was Group Finance Director of British Vita plc, Director of Finance of Britannia Building Society and Group Finance Director of Hickson International plc. He is currently a Non-Executive Director of Synthomer PLC (formerly Yule Catto & Co plc) and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.
Tim Score, Senior Independent Director
Tim Score was appointed to the Board in February 2005 and acted as Interim Chairman between December 2008 and April 2009. He is Chief Financial Officer at ARM Holdings plc. Before joining ARM he worked as Finance Director of Rebus Group Limited which he joined in 1999. Between 1997 and 1999, he was Group Finance Director of William Baird plc, which he joined from LucasVarity plc. He is a chartered accountant.
Committee Membership(s): Safety and Environment Committee, Remuneration Committee, Audit Committee (Chairman)
Jorge Cosmen, Deputy Chairman
Jorge Cosmen was appointed to the Board at the time of the ALSA transaction. He was appointed Deputy Chairman in October 2008. He was Corporate Manager for the ALSA Group from 1995, becoming Chairman in 1999. Between 1986 and 1995, he worked in sales, distribution and banking. He is a Business Administration graduate and has an International MBA from the Instituto de Empresa in Madrid. He is Non-Executive Director of Bankia, as well as of other private companies.
Committee Membership(s): Safety and Environment Committee, Nomination Committee
Sir Andrew Foster, Non Executive Director
Sir Andrew has had an extensive career in the public sector, having served as Chief Executive of the Audit Commission for England and Wales between 1992 and 2003. Before this, he was Deputy Chief Executive of the NHS and Regional CEO for Yorkshire. He currently works for Royal Bank of Canada and is Chairman of the Commonwealth Games England. He is also Non-Executive Director at PruHealth. Sir Andrew has conducted independent reviews for the government into the Intercity Express Project, the Building Colleges for the Future programme, and previously into Further Education and the Future of Athletics.
Committee Membership(s): Remuneration Committee (Chairman), Safety and Environment Committee, Nomination Committee, Audit Committee
Chris Muntwyler, Non Executive Director
Chris Muntwyler is CEO and Chairman of the Swiss Management Consulting company Conlogic Ltd. He is also Non-Executive Director of Panalpina World Transport (Holding) Ltd. (Switzerland) and the Austrian Post Ltd. (Austria). During his 27 years at Swissair he held top executive positions in Switzerland, Sweden and North America. In 1999 he joined DHL Express serving as Managing Director Switzerland, Germany and Central Europe and from 2005 to 2008 as CEO of DHL Express (UK) Ltd. based in London.
Committee Membership(s): Audit Committee, Safety & Environment Committee (Chairman)
Joaquín Ayuso, Non Executive Director
Joaquín Ayuso is Board Vice Chairman for Ferrovial, the €12 billion Spanish transport infrastructure and services group that employs over 70,000 people worldwide. He has been with Ferrovial since 1981 and was appointed CEO in 2002 and held that position until October 2009. During this period Ferrovial expanded internationally with business interests in the UK, USA, Canada, Latin America and Europe.
Committee Membership(s): Safety & Environment Committee, Nomination Committee
Lee Sander, Non Executive Director
Elliot (Lee) Sander is President and Chief Executive Officer of the HAKS Group, Inc. An American citizen, he was recently Executive Director and CEO for the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority and has served as Commissioner for the New York City Department of Transportation. Lee is Chairman of the Regional Plan Association, a prominent NGO based in New York that has played a highly influential role in gaining public policy and investments in the New York Metropolitan area over the last 80 years. He has also played a very active role on the National Surface Transportation Infrastructure Finance Commission, having been appointed by the United States Congress in 2006.
Committee Membership(s): Remuneration Committee, Safety & Environment Committee
Michael Hampson, Company Secretary and Group Legal Director
Michael Hampson was appointed as General Counsel and Company Secretary in January 2012. Prior to joining he has held the position of General Counsel and Company Secretary at Whitbread plc, RMC Group plc and Charter International plc; he was also the Director of Corporate Development at Anglian Water Group plc. He is Deputy Chairman of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents and is a barrister and Chartered Secretary.
Jackie Hunt, Non Executive Director
Jackie Hunt will take up the role of Chief Executive Officer of Prudential UK and Europe in October 2013. Until April 2013 she was Chief Financial Officer of Standard Life plc, which she joined in January 2009.
Before then, she held various senior management roles at Aviva, including Chief Financial Officer at Norwich Union. After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte & Touche in South Africa, Jackie then worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers and Royal & Sun Alliance before joining Aviva in 2003.
She is also Chair of the Prudential Financial and Taxation Committee of the Association of British Insurers and was appointed to the board of the Association of British Insurers in January 2013.
Committee Membership(s): Audit Committee, Safety & Environment Committee
Javier Carbajo, Spain
Javier Carbajo joined the Group in December 2005 when National Express acquired Alsa. A graduate in economics and with an MBA, he has been with Alsa for 30 years during which time he has held management positions in most areas of the business. In 1999 he was appointed Chief Executive of Enatcar following its acquisition by Alsa. In 2003 he was appointed CEO of Alsa Group.
Andrew Chivers, UK Rail
Andrew is currently Trains Director (UK) for National Express Group. Prior to this he was Managing Director, National Express East Anglia, an Executive Director in the National Express Group Trains Division, Managing Director of National Express Group's Londonlines franchises and Managing Director of Wessex Trains. He previously held a range of positions in the rail industry starting as as an engineering management trainee with British Rail.
Peter Coates, UK Bus
Peter Coates was appointed Managing Director, UK Bus, in November 2011. He joined National Express Group in 1997 from Ernst & Young where he had undertaken a variety of roles after qualifying as a Chartered Accountant. After working as Group Financial Controller, Peter joined the UK Bus Division in Birmingham in 1999 as Finance Director.
David Duke, North America
David Duke brings 25 years' experience in student transportation to his position as Chief Executive Officer of National Express Corporation. Prior to taking up his current role, David was Senior Vice President of Sales for FirstGroup America. David began his career in 1988 at Ryder Student Transportation Services (acquired by FirstGroup America in 1999), where he held several positions, including Senior Vice President. Duke then joined Durham School Services as Senior Vice President, managing regional operations and business development.
Tom Stables, Managing Director, UK Coach
Tom was appointed Managing Director, UK Coach, in November 2012. He joined National Express in 2011 as Group Business Development Director responsible for a variety of commercial projects including leading the bid for the Essex Thameside rail franchise.
Before joining National Express, Tom was Senior Vice President, Commercial Development, for FirstGroup America, with responsibility for building the commercial contracting capability of the business. Previously he held a number of roles at First Great Western Trains including two years on the Board as Commercial Director.