Former Chief Executive of Network Rail, Mark Carne CBE, has joined hyperTunnel’s Advisory Board as Chair.

“hyperTunnel promises a big leap forward in underground construction innovation that I believe to be genuinely exciting,” he commented. “As well as greatly enhancing safety, hyperTunnel’s objectives to significantly reduce the costs, timescales and environmental impacts of tunnelling schemes is exactly what this growing sector is calling for. This is important and I’m eager to support.”

An engineer by training, Carne began his career at Shell, overseeing the company’s response to the Piper Alpha disaster in 1998. He rose through the ranks to become Managing Director of Brunei Shell Petroleum. Following a period at BG Group as Managing Director for Europe and Central Asia, he returned to Shell to head up its operations in the Middle East and North Africa during the Arab Spring period.

In 2013, Carne was appointed Chief Executive of Network Rail, which owns and operates the UK’s railway infrastructure. There he oversaw £15 billion of infrastructure improvement projects, including the opening of three major new city stations and the new Borders Railway in Scotland. Under his leadership, work-force injuries reduced by 50% and the number of female employees increased by 30%. In 2018 he was awarded a CBE for services to the rail industry.

A Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Carne is joined on the hyperTunnel Advisory Board by Dr Kurt Zeidler and Nick Cremin.