Keith Ludeman to join board of Network Rail international consultancy business

Network Rail Consulting, the international consultancy arm of Network Rail, announces today the appointment of one of Britain’s top transport business leaders, Keith Ludeman as a non-executive director.


Mr Ludeman, 62, was most recently group chief executive of one of Europe’s biggest transport groups – Go-Ahead – from 2006 until 2011. Since his retirement from that post he has also served as a non-executive director of Network Rail.

Network Rail Consulting is a subsidiary of Network Rail which aims to harness the vast range of skills and experience available within Network Rail to demonstrate British expertise overseas and be an international ambassador for Britain’s rail industry. It will also help channel innovation back into Network Rail’s core business, helping deliver a better value railway for Britain.

Simon Kirby, chairman of Network Rail Consulting, said: "Keith Ludeman brings with him decades of experience of leadership in the transport industry, both in Britain and overseas. His addition to the board of Network Rail Consulting will provide first-hand, commercial expertise and corporate oversight as we look to demonstrate the best of British expertise around the world.”

The creation of Network Rail consulting is part of a wider reform agenda at Network Rail which has seen the company move towards a devolved group structure to drive further efficiencies and demonstrate value through market competition.

Operating outside the UK, Network Rail Consulting offers consultancy services across the full spectrum of Network Rail’s expertise:

  • Advisory
  • Strategic planning
  • Asset management
  • Operations and maintenance
  • Capital projects

Mr Ludeman joins chairman Simon Kirby and managing director Nigel Ash on the board of directors of Network Rail Consulting, along with Network Rail‘s group finance director Patrick Butcher.

Notes to editors


2006-11: Group chief executive, Go-Ahead Group

2003-05: Chairman, Association of Train Operating Companies

2000-06: Chief executive, rail, Go-Ahead

1999-2000: Managing director, Thameslink Rail and Thames Trains

1996-99: Managing director, Go-Ahead London bus division

1988-96: Managing director, London General Transport

1986-88: Managing director, Burnley & Pendle Transport

1985-86: Senior consultant, MVA

1982-85: Senior transport officer, Hong Kong government

1974-82: Greater Manchester Transport


University of Salford: MSc Transport Engineering and Planning

In 2010 Keith was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Salford for his services to public transport University of Newcastle: BA Geography

Professional qualifications:

Fellow of the Institution of Railway Operators Fellow of the Institute of Logistics and Transport