Alistair Gordon – Chief Executive Officer

Alistair Gordon has been CEO of Keolis UK since 2010, having initially joined Keolis as Project Director in 2004.

His time as CEO has coincided with a period of sustained success for the company, successfully bidding for and operating some of the UKs busiest and iconic public transport networks including Manchester Metrolink, London Docklands and the Wales and Borders rail franchise.

Alistair is a graduate in Mathematics from University College, London, after which he joined Jacobs as a transport consultant. In 1995 he moved to Steer Davies Gleave as a consultant, where he we worked during the early stages of rail privatisation before moving to Eurostar in 1997, performing a number of key roles, most notably as its Strategy Director.

Sir Derek Jones – Chair

Sir Derek brings a wealth of experience to Keolis UK.

He served as the head of the Welsh Civil Service between 2012 and 2017 and has held numerous positions across Whitehall and the Welsh Government – including time at HM Treasury and the then Department of Trade & Industry – throughout a long career in government.

Alongside his role at Keolis, he currently chairs the Prince’s Trust in Wales, is a non-executive director of IQE plc, and an independent adviser to Cardiff University.

Sir Derek was appointed Chair of Keolis UK in 2019.

Nigel Stevens – Chief Operating Officer

Nigel Stevens is the Chief Operating Officer for Keolis UK. He oversees Keolis’ growing UK operations, using his extensive international expertise and familiarity with the European and US transport markets to drive consistent best practice across our subsidiaries and brands.

Prior to joining Keolis, Nigel was CEO at Transdev UK and Ireland, overseeing their £150m London bus operation and its merger with Veolia Transport.

Before joining Transdev, Nigel served for 18 years in the Royal Air Force, with management roles at both the ‘military airport’ at RAF Brize Norton and in senior headquarters appointments in operations, logistics and procurement.

Virginie Merle – Finance Director

Virginie Merle joined Keolis UK in January 2020 as Finance Director and is responsible for the finance, IT and legal departments.

She holds an advanced management degree from the IMT, a prestigious French business school and has over 15 years’ experience in a variety of finance and management roles, sectors, countries and working cultures.

Virginie believes that a strong team culture and positive working environment lead to outstanding results, and always seeks to lead and develop an efficient team, which actively engages with the whole of the business.

Richard Graham – Performance Director

Richard joined Keolis UK as Performance Director in June 2019, moving from his position as Vice President Strategy & Performance for Keolis in Boston, USA.

Richard brings his passion and drive to improve and transform business performance to this key role, as well as his experience and track record leading large-scale transformation programmes across several industries, including transportation, aerospace, healthcare, and defence.

An Engineering graduate from Oxford University, with time spent studying at both London and Harvard Business schools, Richard brings both academic rigour and practical experience to the role.

Marsid Greenidge – Communications Director

Marsid Greenidge is the Communications Director for Keolis UK and joined the company in 2012. He has over 20 years’ experience in the transport sector and his responsibilities cover both internal and external communications for the business.

He began his career as a journalist on local newspapers before moving into public relations working initially for the NHS. This was followed by senior communication roles for Transport for London, Southern Railway, London Midland and he more recently undertook an internal assignment as International Director of Communications and Public Affairs for Keolis Group in Paris.

Catrin Asbrey – HR Director

Catrin Asbrey is HR Director for Keolis UK and joined the company in June 2019.

With over ten years working at board level, Catrin brings with her a wealth of HR experience both within the transport sector and outside it. Her experience is matched with a passion for leading HR strategy, workforce planning and organisational development.

A graduate in Sociology & Social Policy from Cardiff University, Catrin has held senior level HR positions in the Public and Private Sectors both on a national and international level, including at First Group and in the NHS.

Martin Baynham-Knight – Strategy Director

Martin Baynham-Knight has worked for Keolis since 2013 and has 20 years’ experience in the transport sector.

Martin drives the long-term planning and strategic development of Keolis in the UK; oversees the financial and strategic elements of bids, tenders, and acquisitions; and leads on certain risk mitigation activities.

Prior to joining Keolis UK, Martin worked as both a transport business consultant and headed a business and financial modelling team.

Martin has led or overseen the financial workstream on more than a dozen rail, metro, and tram bids for Keolis UK.

Kevin Thomas – CEO, KeolisAmey Wales

Kevin began his rail career in 1998 as a Signalling & Telecoms engineer, before holding a number of key positions across both rail and light rail sectors. In January 2018 he was named Chief Operating Officer for Keolis UK, responsible for overseeing the safe and efficient delivery of three operating contracts (Nottingham Tram, Docklands Light Railway and Manchester Metrolink) whilst supporting the negotiation and mobilisation of the Wales & Borders contract.

Now Chief Executive Officer of KeolisAmey Wales, Kevin is responsible for the leadership and governance of a 15-year, £5 billion contract with Transport for Wales which includes the integration of train operations, infrastructure management and projects.

Abdellah Chajai – Managing Director of KeolisAmey Docklands

Abdellah is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the Docklands Light Railway in London.

With degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration, as well as a Master’s Degree in Railway Systems, Abdellah has a wealth of international, operational and leadership experience.

Since joining Keolis in 2007, Abdellah has held various positions from Operations Manager to Managing Director of its road transportation subsidiaries as well as the automated metro for Paris Charles-de-Gaulle airport.  Prior to joining Keolis, he spent 10 years in the automotive industry with assignments in several countries across Europe.

Paul Robinson – Managing Director of Nottingham Trams

Paul has been managing director of our Nottingham Trams operation since 2012, overseeing the award-winning Nottingham Express Transit (NET) tram network.

He brings over 35 years’ experience in the rail industry to his role and has been involved in some internationally ground breaking projects, including working on the design, styling and ergonomics of the original Eurostar locomotive.

Guillaume Chanussot – Managing Director of KeolisAmey Metrolink

Guillaume was appointed MD of KeolisAmey Metrolink in September 2019, having previously excelled in a number of senior finance roles at Keolis over the past decade.

Guillaume speaks four languages and has a major in finance from leading European Business School, SKEMA.