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Network Rail announces appointment of new non-executive director

Network Rail has today appointed a new non-executive director. Mike Putnam will replace Malcolm Brinded CBE, who retired from the board in July 2016.

Putnam, a chartered engineer, a fellow of the Institute of Civil Engineers and a fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, was most recently president and CEO of Skanska UK plc.

He has over 25 years’ experience in infrastructure development and construction and operational delivery, and will also sit on Network Rail’s safety, health and environment committee.

Sir Peter Hendy, CBE, Network Rail chair, said: “I welcome Mike who will bring valuable engineering experience to the Board.”

Putnam, who is non-executive director of Southern Water, will commence his new role from 8 January 2018.

New additions to executive committee

The organisation has also announced two additional senior appointments to its executive committee.

It welcomes Alison Rumsey, who has been appointed as group human resources director, effective immediately.

Rumsey joined the company as HR director for infrastructure projects in 2015, and has held senior HR roles in government departments since 2009.

Caroline Murdoch has been appointed as the new group communications director, and will commence her role in 26 February 2018.

Murdoch is currently deputy director and director of corporate affairs of the National Crime Agency, and was previously director of corporate affairs at TfL.

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