Appointed: 1 July 2016
Tenure: Less than 1 year
Career: Previously Nicola was CEO at HS1 plc from 2011 to 2016 and at FirstGroup plc between 2005 and 2010. At FirstGroup she led the European bus division and was an Executive Director of the Board. She was also an Independent Non-executive Director of Aer Lingus Group plc to September 2015 when the business was sold to IAG. Nicola’s career, both in the UK and overseas, has included roles at the Strategic Rail Authority, Office of the Rail Regulator, Bechtel Ltd, Halcrow Fox, the World Bank and London Transport. She is currently a Director of Ellevio AB, a Swedish electricity distribution company.
Skills and experience: Nicola has a broad range of experience and strong track-record working with the UK Government, the European Commission and Parliament, with Regulators and in leading important infrastructure businesses. In her role as Chief Executive Officer of High Speed 1 Ltd, she successfully led the transition of High Speed 1 from the construction phase into a long-term business and delivering very successful operating performance. In The Shaw report, published in March 2016, Nicola reported to the UK Government on the future structure and financing of Network Rail.