As well as working for Network Rail, chartered engineer Mr England has worked for the Highways Agency and Thames Water. In his new role he will be focusing on developing more customer driven and efficient management of the company’s asset base.
Mr England said: “I’m looking forward to taking on this challenge and managing one of the most extensive and historic asset bases in the world. We have shown our ability to deliver projects to improve the nation’s rail infrastructure over the past few years and it promises to be even busier in the coming decade.
“By remaining customer focused and efficient in everything we do, we can keep Network Rail at the forefront of Britain’s infrastructure.”
Mr England reports to Network Rail chief executive David Higgins.
Mr Higgins said: “Jerry England’s experience within Network Rail as director of engineering, and latterly signal and power asset management, stands him in good stead for taking charge of our infrastructure. His appointment is well-deserved, and one of his first steps will be to build on the post-devolution team to deliver a leadership structure closely aligned with customer-focused service.”