Mark Ruddy – Chief Operating Officer

Mark Ruddy – Chief Operating Officer

Mark Ruddy is accountable for programme delivery at the Transport Systems Catapult. Hailing from a military background, Mark served with the Royal Engineers for 28 years, building capability in battlefield engineering, innovative construction in austere & hostile environments, adult education and post-conflict resolution/nation building. Leaving the army as a full Colonel, he successfully transferred his knowledge and experience to Network Rail, where he initially headed up the company’s training and development directorate – building up the UK’s largest residential apprentice programme in the process, and transforming Network Rail’s competence management system.

He then spent three years, as Route Managing Director, overseeing the Sussex Route, Europe’s busiest and most congested section of railway, before taking up his role at the Transport Systems Catapult. He has been a member of the Rail Industry Skills Forum, the CBI Skills and Education Committee, Network Rail’s most senior safety committee, and is a former non-executive director of the Association of Rail Training Providers. He currently sits on UK’s Future Airspace Strategy Deployment Steering Group (FASDSG), and as a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers’ Learned Society’s Professionalism Panel Working Group.

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