Michael Holden, Non-executive Chairman, East Coast
Michael Holden has extensive experience in managing railways and railway projects within the UK and Europe. In 2003, he was appointed managing director of Connex South Eastern, one of the UK’s largest and most complex train companies, and immediately found himself negotiating the transition from that franchise into a period of public sector ownership. He created South Eastern Trains and ran it successfully until it was re-franchised in 2006.
Since 2006, he has run his own railway management consultancy service, specialising in providing strategic advice to clients on commercial and operational matters, and leading bid teams for franchise, concession and PFI competitions.