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Stuart Calvert to be new Digital Railway head

Stuart Calvert, director of programme technical services and supply chain at Network Rail’s Group Digital Railway (GDR), has been announced as its new managing director following the retirement of David Waboso.

When he takes up his new post, on an interim basis, in April 2019, Stuart ‘s main task will be to ensure the delivery of GDR activities while overseeing the changes that affect the way GDR is organised as a result of new chief executive Andrew Haines’ 100-day review. These include:

  • Asset Information Services (AIS) moving to Route Services;
  • Digital Railway Programme (DRP) moving to Network Services, which will be established later this year;
  • Elements of Network Rail Telecom (NRT) being devolved to Routes, with other parts moving to Network Services.

In a message to colleagues, Andre Haines said: “I would like to take this opportunity to repeat my thanks to David Waboso for all he’s done at Network Rail and for the industry in spearheading the Digital Railway, and I am grateful to Stuart for picking up the baton.”

Stuart, who started his career as an engineering sponsored student with British Rail before specialising in project management, holds a bachelor’s degree in civil and structural engineering and a masters degree in project management. He has over 30 years experience in major rail and infrastructure projects throughout the UK and Europe, having held senior executive roles with Railtrack, Bombardier Transportation and Jacobs Engineering.

A board member of the National Skills Academy for Rail, Stuart joined the Digital Railway team in September 2016.

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