Loram UK names new managing director

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Debbie Francis OBE has been appointed as the new managing director of Loram UK.

Debbie will build on Loram’s strong relationships with key clients such as Network Rail, oversee the delivery of the first Loram Rail Grinding machines being built in the UK and lead the organisation as it expands across Europe and the Middle East, where Loram has recently won a significant contract with Etihad Rail.

Debbie has extensive experience of the rail sector and has held a number of senior executive roles, most notably as Managing Director of Direct Rail Services and prior to that as Finance & Commercial Director of Network Rail’s former London and North Western Route.

Debbie said: “I am delighted to be asked to lead Loram at this exciting time for the business. Work has begun on building our state of the art RGX Rail Grinders in Derby, we are supporting Network Rail’s innovative vision for the future of Infrastructure Monitoring and my team is developing new markets in both Europe and the Middle East”.

Debbie joined Loram UK as senior independent non-executive in 2020, tasked with actively supporting the board and the management team. She is also an advocate for gender equality and was awarded an OBE in 2021 for services to Women in Rail. In her remaining spare time Debbie is involved with the Railway Childrens Ball, the National Rail awards, and is Chair of several organisations.

Image credit: Loram UK

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