Robin Dobson

Network Rail appoints new Group Property Director

Network Rail has announced the appointment of a new Group Property Director as Stuart Kirkwood leaves the organisation after 11 years.

Robin Dobson is set to take up the role as Group Property Director with Network Rail following Mr Kirkwood’s departure.

Mr Dobson brings vast experience in all property asset classes across the UK and Europe and joins from property development and investment company Hammerson Plc.

Speaking on his new role Mr Dobson said: “I am excited to be joining Network Rail at this time.

“The focus will be on infrastructure growth and delivering developments across Great Britain with both the private sector and public partnerships.

“Particularly in support of the Government’s levelling-up agenda around housing and investment.”

Jeremy Westlake, Network Rail’s Chief Financial Officer commented on the appointment and thanked Mr Kirkwood for his work.

Mr Westlake said: “We are delighted Robin is joining us.

“He has a proven track record of delivering growth through multiple UK wide regeneration projects.

“His expertise will be of real value as the industry plays its role in supporting Britain’s recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.

“I would also like… to thank Stuart for his sterling work in unlocking land for housing and commercial developments, and maximising profits from Network Rail’s property portfolio.

“All of which have enabled investment in upgrading the railway.

“We wish him a very happy and well-deserved retirement.”

Mr Dobson will join on 21st March to begin a handover process to ensure a smooth transition when Mr Kirkwood departs on 31st March.

RTM Mag Cover, Feb/March 23


Investing in the future of Scotland's rainforest

This issue highlights the latest topics within the rail industry, from decarbonising the Midlands, improving rail safety, meeting the future priorities of Scotland's Railway & more!                                                      


View all videos
TransCityRail Banner


South \ 28 09 23
North \ 09 11 23
Mids \ 29 02 24

TransCityRail is a series of regional, interactive and insightful events across the country bringing together leaders, collaborators, problem solvers and innovators in a creative and invigorating way.

This series of events supports and informs the whole of the rail industry and connects suppliers with buyers, specifiers, leaders and decision-makers looking to procure a wide variety of innovative products and services for their region.


Episode 37 - What does the future of transport look like

This episode of Track Talk sees a discussion with Conservative MP for Milton Keynes South Iain Stewart, Chair of the Transport Committee. The focus of this episode revolves around disruptive technologies within the rail sector, specifically the impact that the new, innovative advancements and trends might have across all modes of transport. The Transport Committee are taking proposals from people in the sector who are in the know about innovations that deserve more attention, so we have given them the platform to discuss the process and hear what the committee is looking for. 

More articles...

View all