Leading our rail business across the UK and beyond

The Hitachi Rail team in the UK of over 2,000 people is highly experienced, with a strong mix of commercial, technical and engineering skills alongside an in–depth knowledge of the UK rail industry. The company is led by our Executive Team based across our UK locations.

Karen Boswell OBE - Group CAO, Hitachi Rail and Managing Director, Hitachi Rail Limited

Karen Boswell was appointed Managing Director of Hitachi Rail’s UK business in June 2015, and has led the organisation during a period of very high growth as it has transformed to become a leading provider of rolling stock manufacturing, service and maintenance and digital railway technologies. Hitachi Rail employs over 2,000 people in the UK, across a network of high quality train maintenance centres, a rail manufacturing facility in the North East of England and head office support locations.

Karen leads the UK business in the delivery of a number of key current rail projects, including the £5.7bn Inter City Express Programme, new electric commuter trains for Scotland’s Central Belt, innovative ‘bi-mode’ trains for the West of England, Transpennine Express and Hull Trains franchises and new traffic management systems for Thameslink in London.

With group operations in the UK, Japan, Italy and the USA and over 11,000 employees, Hitachi Rail is a globally integrated railway business which, for the 12 months ended March 2017, had revenues of ¥500bn (£3.3bn). In addition to her UK MD role, in 2017 Karen was appointed Chief Administration Officer for Hitachi Rail group, leading strategy, IT, communications, brand and marketing, legal and HSE. In April 2018 Karen was appointed as a Corporate Officer of Hitachi, Ltd.

Karen is a Board Member of the Railway Industry Association (RIA) and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. She is a former President of the Railway Study Association (2015-17). Her achievements have been recognised with numerous professional and business awards. Karen received an OBE in the Queen’s 2016 Birthday Honours List for her contribution and services to the UK railway industry.

Nick Hughes – Sales Director – Hitachi Rail Limited

Nick leads Hitachi Rail’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’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 Limited

Jack is responsible for overseeing and delivering the substantial growth in operations that is taking place across Hitachi Rail in the UK 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. 

Laura Dunley

Laura Dunley - Commercial Director - Hitachi Rail Limited

Based in London, Laura has been Hitachi Rail’s Commercial Director since June 2017. With 15 years of experience working for a variety of First Group companies, Laura has a deep understanding of customers’ needs, whether it’s the train operators, or the passengers.

Laura joined the company to progress commercial development within Hitachi. Her responsibilities include directing our marketing activity and identifying new opportunities to drive sustainable revenue growth.

Andy Rogers – IEP Programme Director – Hitachi Rail Limited

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 - with a particular focus on the Intercity Express Programme.

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 the London projects office and took responsibility for all of the company’s projects in 2014.

Paul Barker - Group Comms, Brand & Marketing Director - Hitachi Rail Limited

Paul joined Hitachi Rail 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, Paul was a Partner in a leading international communications consultancy firm.

Jane Mee - General Counsel - Hitachi Rail Limited

Jane is responsible for providing legal advice and support as well as assuming governance and legal compliance responsibilities for Hitachi Rail in the UK. 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.


Berry Sas - Projects Director - Hitachi Rail Limited

Berry is responsible for Hitachi Rail’s rolling stock projects in the UK, which includes the design and delivery of trainsets for the ASR, West of England and Transpennine Projects . He also manages the Testing and Approvals Team and the Project Management Office Team.

With over 25 years of Rail Industry experience, Berry has led projects for a number of Train Operating Companies, including London Underground, delivering new tube trains as part of the London Underground Upgrades Programme.


Antonio Coluccia - Finance Director - Hitachi Rail Limited

Antonio is the Finance Director of Hitachi Rail in the UK and Planning & Management Control Vice President of Hitachi Rail S.p.A. With over 27 years of experience, Antonio looks after strategy planning, due diligence and evaluation of the companies we work with.

Prior to joining Hitachi (then AnsaldoBreda) in 2001, he was the director of the Administration, Finance and Control Department at Iveco Inc., where he managed and coordinated all activities associated with new product and business launches.

Antonio was a member of the Finmeccanica Faculty as a Subject Matters Expert after obtaining his Masters from the INSEAD Business School.


Ross Nagle - Chief Operating Officer for Manufacturing - Hitachi Rail Limited

Ross Nagle joined Hitachi Rail in April 2017 as Chief Operating Officer for Manufacturing in Newton Aycliffe.

Previously, Ross worked for 15 years as Senior Vice President of European Operations at the Gates Corporation, where he was responsible for multiple sites, including manufacturing facilities and distribution centres in eight European countries. With experience in both global manufacturing and engineering, Ross has led teams through company growth to enhance productivity, supply chain and distribution.

As Chief Operating Officer Manufacturing, he will work closely with all Hitachi Rail teams to ensure manufacturing and engineering at Newton Aycliffe supports the strategy in the UK and across the global Hitachi Rail group.


Rory Lamont - Procurement Director - Hitachi Rail Limited

Rory started his career in Aberdeen, working for BP’s North Sea business in 2000. After gaining experience in procurement of goods and services, as well as procurement processes, he moved to London and joined Accenture. Over the ensuing 5 years he enjoyed a broad exposure to many industries, whilst developing a professional focus on procurement and supply chain management, before rediscovering his passion for oil & gas and joining PetroCanada, working in Syria, Canada and again in Aberdeen.

Over the past 10 years, Rory has examined the parallels between account management and category management and the interface between sales and procurement. This has lead him to develop teams that get the best from the markets they interact with whilst creating great client/supplier relationships. Having recently joined the rail industry he’s excited about the possibilities of applying what he has learnt to this new sector.