Maria Machancoses

Maria Machancosos Director, Midlands Connect

Maria has been instrumental in the success and development of Midlands Connect since helping to set up the partnership in 2014. Maria has also worked as Director of the Midlands Engine and managed the West Midlands Integrated Transport Authority’s input into the HS2 Hybrid Bill. Originally from Valencia in Spain, Maria has worked in the UK for more than 20 years.

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Malcolm Holmes

Malcom Holmes Executive Director, West Midladnds Rail Executive & Director of Rail, Transport for West Midlands

Malcolm Holmes is Executive Director, West Midlands Rail Executive (WMRE), and Director of Rail, Transport for West Midlands (TfWM), leading the development and delivery of local rail policy for the region. WMRE has worked collaboratively with the Department for Transport to specify and procure the new West Midlands franchise which started operation in December 2017. WMRE is a limited company owned by the local transport authorities of the West Midlands including TfWM, with the ultimate aim of creating a fully devolved rail franchise to support the economy of the region.

A career railwayman of over 25 years, Malcolm’s background is in rail customer service, train crew management and operations. Previously holding senior posts with Chiltern Railways and LOROL, Malcolm has been working on West Midlands rail devolution since 2012.  Malcolm lives in the West Midlands and enjoys travel, reading, fitness and playing the piano (badly).

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Toufic Machnouk is the Programme Director on Network Rails London North Eastern and East Midlands Route executive team responsible for digital railway transformation.
Having started his career in infrastructure management and operations, he went on to deliver major projects and industry programmes. He joined the Reading area redevelopment delivering the first new multi-traction train maintenance facility for the Great Western Railway. His team was recognised for breakthroughs in safety performance, collaboration, and successfully realising a complex cross-industry change, receiving national awards.

He was more recently on the Crossrail project, the largest infrastructure project in Europe, responsible for upgrading the networks train control systems, and oversaw major operational infrastructure upgrades in the Greater London area.

He is passionate about technology, skills and talent development, lecturing at universities and colleges, and mentoring people from across the industry. He has completed the accelerated business leaders programme and holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering Design.

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