Our Board of Trustees is made up of experienced and recognisable figureheads, thought leaders and opinion formers from leading railway operators.

Together they offer a wealth and breadth of experience which informs our unique approach to learning and ensures our academic opportunities and development pathways are current, accurate and relevant.

Howard Smith FCIRO

CIRO Chair, Chief Operating Officer, Crossrail, TfL

Ellie Burrows FCIRO

Route Director, Network Rail


Ben Rule FCIRO

Rail Operations Director, HS2


Fiona Tordoff ACIRO

CEO, Chartered Institution of Railway Operators

Jim Meade FCIRO

Chief Executive, Irish Rail


Helen Waters MCIRO

Associate Director, Steer

Andy Joy

Sector Director Rail Consulting & Rail, Amey

Tom Joyner ACIRO

Managing Director, Cross Country Trains

Phil James FCIRO

Route Director, North West at Network Rail

Oliver Bratton FCIRO

Director, Network Strategy & Operations at Network Rail