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1 /9 April Network Rail 2014 public member recruitment briefing A warm welcome

2 /9 April April Welcome Peter Reichwald, director Harvey Nash

3 /9 April April Agenda ► Welcome ► About Network Rail ► Role of public members ► How to apply

4 /9 April About Network Rail Richard Parry-Jones, chairman

5 /9 April About Network Rail We own and operate the GB rail infrastructure including: ► 830 signal boxes ► 2,500 stations ► 7,400 commercial properties ► 6,300 level crossings ► 20,000 miles of track ► 40,000 bridges and tunnels One of the country’s largest private landowners – we have 35,000 employees and 22 million neighbours (people who live or work within 500 metres of our infrastructure).

6 /9 April What we do ► We operate, maintain and renew the infrastructure ► We operate signals, set the timetable and measure how punctual trains are ► We organise access to the track for train and freight operators ► We are responsible for planning for the future of the railway in the short, medium and long-term ► We manage the 19 largest stations (like Euston, Manchester Piccadilly and Glasgow Central) ► We deliver projects to improve the railway for the people and companies that rely on it

7 /9 April Our purpose, role and vision To generate outstanding value for customers and taxpayers Our purpose (Why we exist) A better railway for a better Britain Our role (What we do) To be a trusted leader in the railway industry Our vision (What we want to be) To work with our partners and use our full potential to improve safety, reliability, capacity and value for customers and taxpayers Our strategy (How we’re going to do it) Our behaviours (How we need to work) Customer driven AccountableChallenging Collaborative

8 /9 April Eleven years of Network Rail Safety - took over in a period of crisis. Now we have one of the safest railways in Europe as a result of taking maintenance in-house and projects to share best practice Our People – our leadership and management development centres have improved staff training; we developed a nationally admired apprenticeship programme and increased graduate recruitment; and we have opened our National Centre at Milton Keynes. Projects – we have become world class in the delivery of major infrastructure projects and plan to use these skills abroad. Performance – with a million more trains carrying a billion more passengers, we have taken performance from c.75% to over 90%.

9 /9 April The railway is a success…

10 /9 April The railway is a success… …but passenger and freight demand is expected to continue to increase (by 15% and 30% respectively over Control Period 5) The challenge for the rail industry is how to deliver the network capacity and capability we need for the future: ► efficiency ► cost-effectively; and ► at a time when public finances will be increasingly constrained The Government has shown it is committed to investment in rail if the industry can substantially reduce its costs – they know rail can help drive sustainable long-term economic growth.

11 /9 April Punctuality is at record levels… but has reached a plateau

12 /9 April Safety is good… but there is room to improve

13 /9 April How are we funded? ► Network Rail was designed to be debt funded ► One of the largest borrowers in the UK ► Debt is raised to fund enhancement capital expenditure of the network ► Income covers day to day running of the infrastructure only: main sources of income ► Track access fees (c.1/3 /£2bn p.a.) ► Government grants (c. 2/3 /4bn p.a.) ► Property portfolio revenue (c.£233m p.a.) ► Profits after servicing debt are typically re-invested in the network, but can also be used to repay debt or provide rebate to DFT & Transport Scotland

14 /9 April Debt Management ► NRIF has £33bn of debt outstanding (as at 21st March), primarily in the GBP and USD bond markets ► 51% of debt is currently index linked; policy target is 45-55% ► The average maturity of debt is c.15 years; nominal debt c.5 years ► In the current year to date, £5.0bn of debt has been issued (of which £3.1bn in USD); this completes the funding requirement for 2013/14 ► Total funding requirement for CP5 is £28bn, comprised of £17bn of new debt and £11bn of refinancing

15 /9 April Network Rail debt is widely held SAFE (Central Bank of China) Central Bank of Russia Central Bank of Israel Diversified investor base: nearly 50% of bonds held outside the UK

16 /9 April An overview of the rail industry Specify and fund rail services Work together Independent regulator of monopoly and health and safety Train and freight operators Passengers and freight users Access charges Revenue Funding Network Grant

17 /9 April Who else has economic oversight powers Apart from the ORR, a number of other bodies scrutinise Network Rail’s activities, including: ► Governments: Department for Transport (DfT) Transport Scotland Welsh Assembly ► Parliament: Parliamentary Select Committees – -Transport Select Committee -Public Accounts Committee National Audit Office

18 /9 April Control Period 5 (CP5) ► Network Rail’s track access charges are subject to periodic reviews every 5 years. These periods are called control periods. ► Network Rail has just entered into CP5 which commenced on 1 April 2014 ► CP5 will benefit the rail experiences for four million daily passengers, freight users and strengthen Britain’s economic growth. ► Over the period £38 billion will be spent in maintaining, renewing and improving the network. More and new trains will be added to the network, new stations built, facilities improved, platforms lengthened and transformational projects, such as the Thameslink programme, Birmingham New Street, the Northern Hub and main line electrification, completed. 18

19 /9 April Questions

20 /9 April Role of public members Win Chime, deputy company secretary

21 /9 April Our governance structure MEMBERS BOARD EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS Oversee, advise Accountable Holds to accountAccountable

22 /9 April Holding our board to account The primary role of a public member is to: HOLD THE NETWORK RAIL BOARD TO ACCOUNT This is achieved by members: ► Monitoring and engaging with our board on matters such as performance, safety, corporate governance and remuneration ► Engaging with our board and other members in an objective and informed manner where board performance falls below standards, outputs or targets, while acknowledging progress and success where achieved ► Entering into dialogue on matters that are an immediate subject of votes at general meetings With the aim of understanding how our board is building a better railway for a better for a Britain in furtherance of generating outstanding value for tax payers and customers.

23 /9 April Holding our board to account (2) How do public members hold our board to account? ► keeping abreast of our performance ► keeping abreast of developments that drive the delivery of our purpose and the our risks ► satisfying themselves that our leadership is effective ► satisfying themselves that our board adheres to the spirit of the UK Corporate Governance Code and governance best practice ► considering the quality of Network Rail’s reporting Ultimately by Attending and voting at our annual general meeting and other general meetings

24 /9 April Holding our board to account (3) Attending and voting at our annual general meeting and other general meetings Members have similar voting rights to that of shareholders in a PLC: ► Our annual report and financial statements ► Our remuneration report ► the appointment or re-appointment of our directors ► the appointment or re-appointment of our auditors ► the appointment or re-appointment of the members of the membership selection panel ► the terms of the long-term element of the incentive scheme for our executive directors ► changes to our constitution.

25 /9 April Resources and opportunities for public members MEETINGS Our AGM and half-yearly meeting Meeting workshops Focussed engagement groups – safety, people, finance and risk, performance and future Site visits ORR meeting PUBLICATIONS Chairman’s quarterly governance letter Press releases Network Rail and rail publications ORR publications DIALOGUE Non-executive director scrutiny sessions Active / regular correspondence with board, ORR and members SUPPORT Dedicated members’ support team - service level agreement Members’ website Induction for new members

26 /9 April Who are the public members? ► We currently have 41 public members with experience in various industries and professions. ► Public members have in common: Hold / held senior positions Active role in governance arena Held large / complex organisations to account

27 /9 April Questions

28 /9 April April How to apply Peter Reichwald, director Harvey Nash

29 /9 April April What I will be covering ► Deciding if you should apply ► Your CV – what it should address? ► Your application form – what are we looking for? ► Preparing for the interview ► Helping you understand the process

30 /9 April April Is this the role for you? ► Do you have the skill set required? A good knowledge of UK Corporate Governance Code An appreciation of secondary governance – what it means Be able to appreciate the specific issues for Network Rail An ability to hold others to account ► Do you have the time? 8 meetings a year but at least 2 There is a fair amount of reading ► What is motivating you? ► Are you going to enjoy it? If not, walk away now.

31 /9 April April Where is the information you need? ► - you have all visited the site but have you Listened to the video clips Look at what is said about the role and Network Rail Looked specifically at the person specification Down loaded the application form

32 /9 April April Your CV ► You have been told a maximum of 3 pages ► Address, contact details – repeat name in footer ► ADDRESS THE CV TO THE ROLE ► Key attributes ► In detail for last 10 years, summary for prior years ► About your employer(s) (t/o; total staff & its prime activity) ► Brief description of roles / tasks of influence ► Achievements ► Outside work – charities, school governorship etc.

33 /9 April April Your supporting statement ► Use the headings of the person specification as the points to address Motivation and ability to contribute Understanding the role Corporate governance experience

34 /9 April April Your supporting statement (2) ► Use examples to demonstrate your skill and ability to contribute to a successful outcome I am a member of a Police Authority SAYS NOTHING I am a member of the Police Authority – with my property background I have been able to advise on improving the reporting structures and accounting for the £1.7 billion real estate and from my work in the community in respect of dishonour violence and forced marriages I have helped the police have a wider understanding of the issues. GIVES REAL STRENGTH The panel is looking for ‘I’ not ‘WE’

35 /9 April April Your supporting statement (3) ► Be explicit – be clear so a third person reading it can identify your skills ► Do not assume – job titles mean different things in different organisations ► Do no leave out aspects that might be second nature to you ► How much should you write? – you have been told 2 pages ► Be succinct – but not over succinct ► FINALLY – with your responses drafted Cross reference to the bullet points of the person specification – check that your examples cover them

36 /9 April April The practicalities - referee ► Think of people who can speak about you in the context of the role you are applying for ► A known name will not help if they do not know you in that context

37 /9 April April The practicalities – the interview ► Research Understand why Network Rail needs public members What is the role? ► Establish The challenges Network Rail is facing How your contribution will help ► Plan the interview Consider the points you want to make Think of examples that bring these points out

38 /9 April April The process ► Submit your application by uploading through the website ► Closing date Tuesday 22 April (midnight) ► Applications are processed ► MSP reviews all applications ► You are advised by Friday 30 May if you are invited for interview ► Interview dates: 30 June, 1, 2, 3, 4, 8 July ► Appointees advised w/c 28 July

39 /9 April April What do we need from you? ► Documentation The application form – purely statistical information A supporting statement for your fit to the criteria sought (no more than 2 pages) CV (no more than 3 pages) ► To submit your application Go back to the web site, Click ‘APPLY’ on the top menu bar and follow the instructions

40 /9 April April Thank you Peter Reichwald Any questions Network Rail’s Help line at Harvey Nash


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