Leading sales, operations and strategy across our rail business

In 2014, the Hitachi Group decided to create the new post of Global Chief Executive Officer for its global rail business, to strengthen the management structure as the rail systems business expands. Alistair Dormer was appointed to this position and he will continue to be based in London, making our London headquarters the decision-making centre for Hitachi’s global rail business. The Global CEO’s main task is to further accelerate the globalisation of the rail systems business and strengthen ties with world-wide networks, customers and partners.

Alistair Dormer - Global Chief Executive Officer - Hitachi Rail Systems Business

Alistair is Global Chief Executive Officer of Hitachi’s Rail Systems Business, which is part of the Hitachi, Ltd., group of companies. He is responsible for continuing to expand Hitachi’s rail business world-wide. Alistair joined Hitachi in 2003, initially leading Hitachi’s efforts to secure market entry to the UK railway industry with the Class 395 contract. He subsequently led the bid for the Intercity Express Programme (IEP), which Hitachi Rail Europe entered as the main stakeholder in Agility Trains. Alistair was briefly seconded to Agility Trains, to lead the consortium to successfully finance and close the IEP contract, and returned to the helm of Hitachi Rail Europe as Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in 2012. 

Karen Boswell OBE - Managing Director - Hitachi Rail Europe

Karen leads Hitachi Rail Europe’s (HRE) total railway system business and is a member of Hitachi Rail’s Global Management Committee. As MD, Karen is responsible for delivering the InterCity Express Programme (IEP), which will usher in a new age of rail in Britain for fare-paying customers with the manufacture of high-speed trains for the East Coast and Great Western Main Lines, as well as new commuter trains for Scotland and Inter City trains for the West of England and Transpennine Express. She is also focused on expanding HRE’s business by attracting new orders for rolling stock, service delivery, signaling and traffic management systems.

Karen’s senior board director experience includes delivering strategic and commercial success within complex stakeholder environments for private, public and government sector businesses. A turnaround and mobilisation specialist, Karen has worked extensively across the full breadth of corporate functions and consistently delivered high performance through energetic leadership and engagement with colleagues and customers. She is an expert at building teams that deliver increased customer and employee satisfaction, improved revenues and margins and a passionate advocate for fairness and diversity in the workplace. 

In 2015 Karen was elected President of the Railway Study Association for 2015/16 (the first female President in its 106 year history) and a Council Member of the Railway Industry Association, which represents UK-based suppliers to the world’s railways. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.

Karen was awarded Institute of Directors’ Director of the Year 2014 (Large Company category, Yorkshire region), Woman of the Year 2014 at the Women 1st Shine Awards, and received the award for Outstanding Personal Contribution at the 2015 National Rail Awards and a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Women in Business Awards 2015.

Karen was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honors 2016.

Nick Hughes – Sales Director – Hitachi Rail Europe

Nick leads Hitachi Rail Europe’s sales division, based in the London headquarters. With over 20 years’ experience delivering equipment supply and services across the rail sector, Nick is building on Hitachi Rail Europe’s impressive sales record to secure new rolling stock and traffic management contracts across the UK and Europe. Nick joined Hitachi earlier this year after previously serving as Chairman & UK Country Representative for Ansaldo STS UK and earlier as Sales and Marketing Director for Alstom Transport.

Jack Commandeur - Chief Operating Officer - Hitachi Rail Europe

Jack is responsible for overseeing and delivering the substantial growth in operations that is taking place across HRE and as it continues to acquire new rolling stock and train maintenance business. An Engineer with a background in aviation, Jack has been in the rail sector since 2008 and has broad international experience, working in both the UK and overseas including South Africa and the Netherlands.

Jack has previously held the role of Engineering Director at East Coast Mainline as well as senior management positons at Southeastern Railway and British Airways. 

Matt Simons - Interim Chief Financial Officer - Hitachi Rail Europe

Matt is responsible for Finance and IT at Hitachi Rail Europe, based in the London head office. He is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years’ experience in commercially-focused finance leadership roles in Technology and Engineering companies, including Vodafone and Fujitsu Siemens Computers. Matt is passionate about business partnering and clear decision-making to maximise performance, optimise processes, and drive success.

Andy Rogers – Projects Director – Hitachi Rail Europe

Andy Rogers is responsible for ensuring the timely delivery of the company’s contractual obligations across all rolling stock, train control, signalling and maintenance projects. He moved into the rail industry as an experienced project manager in 2002 and joined Hitachi in 2012 as the IEP Project Manager. Andy is based in HRE’s head office in London and took responsibility for all of the company’s projects in 2014.

Matt Watson - HR Director - Hitachi Rail Europe

Matt joined Hitachi Rail Europe in October 2015, with responsibility for developing and executing People and team strategies that build high levels of people capability and create an environment within which everyone at HRE can thrive. Matt is passionate about employee engagement and development as the foundations for high-performing teams.

With over 10 years’ experience in the rail industry, Matt previously worked for Southern Railway and Abellio, where he was involved in establishing the ScotRail Alliance with Network Rail. Matt brings senior level experience in various sectors including FMCG (Walkers Snackfoods, division of PepsiCo), manufacturing, business services, healthcare and transport sectors, and has an impressive portfolio of change and transformation experience.

Paul Barker - Director of Communications - Hitachi Rail Europe

Paul joined Hitachi Rail Europe in October 2015 with the purpose of developing and executing the company’s internal and external communications. Paul is a senior corporate communications & IR professional, with significant experience leading IR and stakeholder engagement for both FTSE 250 and private companies of scale across the consumer, retail, leisure, transport, property & infrastructure and TMT sectors, including Director of Corporate Communications and Corporate Affairs roles at HMV Group PLC and Freeserve PLC.

Prior to joining HRE Paul was a Partner in a leading international communications consultancy firm.

Jane Mee - General Counsel - Hitachi Rail Europe

Jane is responsible for providing legal advice and support as well as assuming governance and legal compliance responsibilities for HRE. Jane advises on all aspects of the rail business, providing legal counsel on a wide range of business affairs.  

With over 20 years’ experience in the field of law, Jane also has extensive knowledge of rail, having previously held positions with Bombardier and London Underground Ltd.  She has in-depth experience in commercial and legal aspects of PPP/PFI arrangements and complex engineering infrastructure contracts.