Sir Peter Hendy CBE

Sir Peter Hendy receiving Honorary Doctorate from Vice-Chancellor Sir Alan Langlands

Chairman Network Rail, Network Rail

BA Economics and Geography 1975

United Kingdom

Peter grew up in London before graduating from Leeds with a BA in Economics and Geography in 1975. A graduate traineeship at London Transport followed, and then a spell in the private sector. He re-joined Transport for London in 2001 and became Commissioner in 2006.

At Transport for London, he managed a budget of £9 billion, 27,000 staff and the capital’s Underground and Overground railways, its 8,000 buses, the public bike scheme, and the Docklands Light Railway; and the licensing of taxis and the Congestion charge as well as overseeing the largest long-term investment in London’s transport network and public transport ahead of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

After nine years at Transport for London, Peter was asked by the Government to help fix the nation’s railways and was appointed Chairman of Network Rail in 2015.

Along the way, Peter received a CBE in 2006 and was subsequently knighted in 2013. Peter owns a London Routemaster bus, which he drives near his home in Bath, when not cycling, his main pastime. 

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