SIG Event – Monday 3rd March 2014



Non Executive Directors Special Interest Group

Monday 3rd March 2014 – 4.30pm-5.45pm

Address Details:
Nabarro LLP, Lacon House, 84 Theobald’s Road, London WC1X 8RW

Richard Howard Brown CBE, FCILT, FRSA, DL                           

“We are delighted to have Richard Brown present to us at our at our next TEN NED SIG.  When you read Richard’s Bio below you will understand why I am so excited he has agreed to speak to us.  Richard’s career has been in transport culminating with the CEO and then Chairman role of Eurostar where he was instrumental in guiding this joint venture with our French neighbours to a profitable organisation.

Richard will talk to us about some of his experiences, past and current, sharing what he looks for and continues to do so from his NED’s from interview stage to their behaviour on the Board

What pleases him/what doesn’t

What Richard looks for as he continues to build his own Portfolio

As well as some leadership stories that will give us a flavour of challenges he has overcome in his senior roles.

Richard Howard Brown CBE, FCILT, FRSA, DL 

Until 30 June 2013 he was the chairman of Eurostar International Ltd.,  having previously been Eurostar UK Ltd.’s chief executive between August 2002 and April 2010.

Brown was chair of the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) in both 2000 and 2001.  He previously worked for Freightliners Ltd, a subsidiary of British Rail and then migrated to their Intercity Division.  He was heavily involved with BR’s “Organising for Quality” project separating the traditional British Railway into separate businesses. With that Brown headed up the combined InterCity Cross Country and Midland Mainline.  Brown moved to Derby and continued as the head of Midland Mainline before, during and after the privatisation of British Rail. The franchise win by National Express Group  led to Brown becoming head of their new rail unit, and a commercial director and main Board Member  of NEG itself.  Richard Brown was president of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport for one year, having taken over at the end of May 2008. He was appointed to the board of  High Speed Two Ltd.  in 2012, where he has served as the chair of the remuneration committee since July 2012.

During late-2012, Richard Brown commissioned to undertake an independent review of the system of rail franchising in Great Britain for the United Kingdom’s Department for Transport. This was published in January 2013 as “The Brown Review of the Rail Franchising Programme”. Brown was later appointed as a non-executive member to the board of the Department for Transport for a three-year period beginning on 15 July 2013.  In addition, Richard is Chairman of Catalyst Housing Ltd, a large London based housing association with a £1 bn asset base.