Gareth Roberts appointed new managing director at UKRL and Steve McBride joins the board as a non-executive director.
UKRL are pleased to announce the appointment of Gareth Roberts as managing director.
He will take over from Mark Winter, one of the founding partners, who is stepping down as
managing director but will remain as a non-executive director of the business.
Gareth joins UKRL from Hitachi Rail where he was UK operations & services director. Prior
to joining Hitachi, he spent over 15 years at Bombardier Transportation rising to be general
manager of UK services.
Mark said: “This appointment is an essential next step on our journey. We have spent some
time looking for an outstanding individual to take on the responsibility of taking UKRL
forward and we are confident that Gareth is that person. I want to add that we had interest
from some very strong industry candidates, which I think demonstrates how far UKRL has
come since the beginnings in Leicester almost 10 years ago. The business has built a strong
franchise underpinned by a reputation for engineering excellence and innovation combined
with first class customer service, and we are excited about the future under Gareth’s
Reflecting on his appointment, Gareth said:
“This is a great opportunity for me personally. I’m very much looking forward to leading the
team and achieving great things together starting from UKRL’s solid foundations, in the
freight sector as well as the passenger business. The expansion into Loughborough and
ongoing large investments at the Leicester depot, means that the business has significant
opportunities, both to expand the offering to existing operators and partner with new
customers. I am also lucky enough to inherit a superb team of people who have a great
reputation in the rail sector, which is so important when growing a business.”
UKRL has also appointed Steve McBride as non-executive director of UKRL. Steve brings a
wealth of experience from a long career in the railways, including as managing director of
Vivarail and customer service director of Angel Trains.
Commenting on Gareth and Steve’s appointments, Edward Stevenson , co-chairman of UKRL
“We are very excited about Gareth and Steve joining UKRL. Gareth is a meticulous and
focused leader who we see as ideally placed to front the business, as we continue to focus
on execution for both new and existing customers and take the next steps towards
realisation of our strategic goals.”
Kristian Mengel, co-chairman of UKRL added:
With Steve joining our board of directors we have been able to strengthen our oversight
and strategic planning capabilities. Lastly, we want to thank Mark for all his efforts over the
years and we look forward to continuing to benefit from his expertise as a non-executive
director of the business.”