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Network Rail confirm appointment of new group CIO

Network Rail confirm appointment of new group CIO

Network Rail has confirmed the appointment of Aidan Hancock as the company’s new group Chief Information Officer (CIO).

Joining the Route Services senior management team, Aidan Hancock will report directly to Susan Cooklin, who is managing director of Route Services.

She believes his “extensive” experience will be invaluable to Network Rail.

“Aidan has extensive experience leading IT organisations and digital business transformation across industries from broadcasting to energy.

“I’m delighted that he will be joining Network Rail and bringing his expertise to the railway.”

Aidan Hancock officially joined the company on Monday 13 May, taking up his CIO role, where he’ll be responsible for supplying IT such as infrastructure and support services.

He will also be responsible for leading the delivery of Route Services’ customer-focused enabling technology, while he will also lead the back office IT operations, ensuring delivery of an even more efficient national service to Network Rail’s devolved route businesses – which themselves were updated earlier in 2019.

The Route Services function is vital in supplying Network Rail’s route businesses with critical services they decide are best provided from a national platform.

It allows Network Rail to benefit from economies of scale and greater efficiency from specialised delivery.

Aidan is excited about this next stage of his career.

He said: “IT is now in the spotlight as companies embrace the potential of digital transformation.

“I’m excited to be joining Network Rail to lead on this challenge, unlocking value and improvements for the future while also delivering our day-to-day services to the highest level of performance.”

Aidan’s background is an enviable one; before taking up the CIO role at Network rail, he held senior roles in leadership at BP for more than 12 years.

This included CIO and vice-president for BP Middle East, where he was responsible for BP’s largest region.

Network Rail will now benefit from these expertise.

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