Network Rail Consulting Welcomes Sharon Mawhinney as State Manager – New South Wales, Australia


Sydney, October 2023 – Sharon Mawhinney joins Network Rail Consulting (NRC) Australia in the role of State Manager – New South Wales.

Sharon has 30 years experience in the transport and infrastructure sector which includes a number of leadership and senior management roles across Australia, New Zealand and the UK. She has a track record in delivering results and is passionate about driving quality outcomes.

Prior to joining NRC, Sharon’s career in the industry started at First Engineering Limited (formerly known as British Rail) where she took on a variety of technical positions and gained a deep understanding of the infrastructure and operational requirements needed to run a rail network. Following this Sharon gained experience from working at a number of companies within their transportation and infrastructure divisions including Arcadis where she led infrastructure advisory engagements in New South Wales and rail advisory services internationally.

Sharon holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree (Hons Civil Engineering & Economics) from the University of Dundee and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance from Kaplan Professional in Austraila. She also has a Chartered Membership in the Institution of Civil Engineering.

Sharon commented "It’s an exciting time to be joining the Network Rail Consulting team in Sydney. With over $70 billion of investment in transport in NSW over the next four years, a safe, reliable and sustainable transport system is vital to the future of the NSW economy. The Network Rail Consulting team is uniquely positioned, not only to support the rail industry deliver the major rail infrastructure projects, but in ensuring the asset owners and managers get the most from these assets. I’m looking forward to this challenge and adding value to our team and our clients."

Adam Boughton, Regional Director for Network Rail Consulting in Australia, also commented saying "I am thrilled to have Sharon join the team to assist us in continuing the growth and delivery of our offering in New South Wales and strengthen the excellent working relationships we have developed with our client base".




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Notes to Editors

About Network Rail Consulting

  • Network Rail Consulting is a wholly owned subsidiary of Network Rail and was established in 2012 to benchmark Network Rail’s capabilities in the international market and enhance the capabilities of its staff through international experience which could then be deployed back into its UK operations.
  • Whilst Network Rail is a Public Body and funded by the UK Government, Network Rail Consulting is funded through its commercial operations and is classified as a Public Corporation.
  • The board of directors of Network Rail Consulting comprises Jeremy Westlake (non-executive chair), Nigel Ash (global managing director), Tim Shoveller (non-executive director), Andrew Noble (finance director) and Ian Dobbs (non-executive director).
  • Network Rail Consulting has subsidiaries in Australia, Canada, and the USA; and operates from offices in Boston, Brisbane, London (HQ), Melbourne, New York, Riyadh, Sacramento, San Francisco, Sydney, Toronto and Washington DC.
  • Network Rail Consulting is selling the full range of rail expertise available within Network Rail including advisory services, strategic planning, major projects, including systems integration and project and programme management, railways operations, including timetabling and operational modelling; and asset management and maintenance.

More information can be found at www.networkrailconsulting.com or you can download the Network Rail Consulting Fact Sheet here.

About Network Rail

Network Rail owns and operates Britain’s rail infrastructure network – one of the world’s most intensively used rail networks. Our network is the fifth busiest rail network in the world and the second busiest in Europe. We:

  • Provide a safe and efficient national railway network that carries over 1.8 billion passenger journeys, 16.6 billion tonne kilometres of freight and 7 million train movements every year;
  • Own, maintain and operate 20,000 miles of track, 30,000 bridges, tunnels and embankments and thousands of signals;
  • Operate 20 major stations which handle 800 million passenger journeys and own 2,500 other stations, which are leased to train operators;
  • Employ 42,000 people in asset management, operations, maintenance, renewals, and enhancement projects; and
  • Have an annual turnover of over £8bn, with capital expenditure of over £5bn per annum.