Nick joined Rock in January 2017. He brings over twenty years of experience in the railway industry in both the UK and mainland Europe, with a particular focus on the rolling stock market.
Nick’s career includes two executive roles at major rolling stock manufacturers. Firstly at Hitachi Rail Europe, where he was responsible for the sales, commercial and strategic planning activities of Hitachi’s rail business in both the UK and Europe. He developed, led and implemented Hitachi Rail Europe’s early new business strategy for mainland Europe including senior level engagement with SJ (Sweden), SBB (Switzerland) and DB (Germany). More recently Nick was UK Sales Director and a member of the Executive Management Team at Siemens Rail Systems with responsibility for overall Sales performance of the Rail Systems Division in the UK.
Prior to this Nick worked for the ROSCO HSBC Rail (now Eversholt Rail Group) for nearly ten years in a number of roles. He held overall responsibility for all activities relating to its portfolio of Intercity and Freight rolling stock assets, including relationship management, engineering and project management.
Since joining Rock, Nick’s activities have included being asset and project management lead for Rock on both the Moorgate Class 717 and the Greater Anglia Class 745 and Class 755 trains. Currently, Nick is dedicated to Rock’s engagement with Mainland Europe, leading business development activities in the German and, more recently, the French markets.
Nick brings with him a comprehensive knowledge of the UK and European rolling stock market and will support Rock Rail’s business development and asset management capabilities as it continues to grow its rolling stock portfolio.
Joined Rock December 2016
Trevor is a partner in Rock’s origination team and has over 20 years of experience in the European infrastructure market working across the transport, social infrastructure, power and renewables and communications sectors. Before joining Rock, he worked at major financing institutions, including Deutsche Bank, CIT Bank and, most recently, as regional project finance team head at HSBC, and he has been involved in many landmark financing deals, bringing together major clients, innovative commercial and financing structuring, and focussed and effective project management.
Timothée is supporting Rock Rail in the introduction of its innovative, competitive and 4th Railway Package compliant funding solutions to the French railway market.
Timothée has over 12 years of experience in the rail industry. Before creating his own strategic rail consultancy Raillissime Consulting in 2019, he was UK business development director for SNCF. He previously led rail projects in joint ventures owned by major transport groups including Keolis, Go-Ahead, Stagecoach, Virgin Trains and SNCF. He’s been involved in many successful railway bids across Europe and the US. Prior to this Timothée held senior managerial positions for SNCF in TGV and suburban train maintenance depots.
Timothée brings with him a comprehensive knowledge of the British and French rail markets and will support Rock Rail’s business development in France as it continues to grow its rolling stock portfolio.
Mike joined the business in December 2018 in the newly created role of Chief Operating Officer heading up Rock Rail’s expanding asset management operations. Most recently he has taken up the role of Chief Originations Officer responsible for new rolling stock and rail infrastructure opportunities and fleet delivery across all markets.
With over 10 years of rail industry experience, Mike has a wealth of commercial, franchise bidding and asset delivery expertise.
Before joining Rock Mike was Franchise and Programmes Director and Deputy Managing Director for Abellio Greater Anglia leading the procurement and delivery of over 1000 new rolling stock vehicles, working closely with manufacturers to design, build and deliver modern high specification rolling stock for the passengers of Greater Anglia. Prior to this Mike was Abellio’s UK rail business development director and oversaw the successful expansion of Abellio, winning the ScotRail and Greater Anglia Franchises.
Mike’s previous roles have spanned a number of other infrastructure focussed industries across Europe and North America, including water and waste, working on the finance, structuring and development of large multidisciplinary infrastructure projects.
Mark founded Rock Rail in 2014, having established sister company Rock Infrastructure in 2011, following a highly successful career in law at Clifford Chance (10 years) and DLA Piper (18 years).
Mark has over 35 years of experience working in the City of London, New York and Europe. For the last 28 years, he has specialised in developing innovative funding, financing and procurement strategies for major infrastructure projects, working to ensure the alignment of public and private sector interests and to deliver substantially improved public sector value for money.
Since founding Rock Rail, Mark has led the business in securing £3 billion of institutional investment into new passenger rolling stock for UK rail franchises. He is a director for the companies established to finance and lease each of Rock Rail’s fleets to the rail franchises.
Under Rock Infrastructure, Mark was Commercial Director on the landmark Mersey Gateway Bridge Project and principal advisor on the transformation of CAE’s helicopter training facility PPP.
As a lawyer, Mark created and led DLA Piper’s Commercial and Projects Group and in 2007 became Global Head of DLA’s Infrastructure and Defence Sector.
Matthew has over 18 years of experience of the infrastructure sector.
Since joining Rock in 2011, Matthew has played a leading role in the negotiation of the commercial aspects of all of Rock’s fleet. He also played a lead role in the procurement and delivery of the Mersey Gateway Bridge PPP, which successfully opened in October 2017. In January 2020, Matthew started as Rock’s Head of Compliance and Risk to support the successful delivery of Rock’s fleets and later that year became Rock’s Chief Investment Officer.
Matthew has acted as a deal principal, financial advisor, a joint lead arranger and bookrunner and a legal advisor on infrastructure projects which gives him a unique perspective and insight into how to structure a project to bring it to a successful conclusion.
Matthew has specialized in PPP across all sectors from roads, parking and airports to the healthcare and education sectors, both in the UK, Europe and North America.
Prior to joining Rock, Matthew worked as a Vice President in the Royal Bank of Scotland’s infrastructure finance group (in New York) and was an Associate in DLA Piper’s commercial and projects team (in London).
Andreas is working closely with the Rock Rail origination team, primarily on supporting the due diligence process for funders and equity investors. Current focus is on developing an expanded role for European Investment Bank sourced funding in support of Rock Rail’s expansion into Europe.
Andreas is an independent consultant specialising in infrastructure /project finance. His close association with Rock Rail dates back to September 2014 when Rock was still in its formative stages. He has over 35 years of experience managing the realisation of major infrastructure, power, petroleum, mining and PPP projects. In addition to Rock Rail, his senior rail experience includes: the West Coast Mainline upgrade project, rail franchise bids, the Thameslink project, Sydney Metro and advising the EU Commission on implementing TENS, the trans-European rail project for Europe.
Prior to working with Rock, Andreas had senior roles in the investment banking and in management consulting. His career includes senior infrastructure/ project finance lending roles with SecPac, EBC, Amro and with Mitsubishi Bank where he headed up the Infrastructure Finance team. After completing a doctorate at the University of Sussex, Andreas worked as a management consultant at McKinsey, moving on to develop PFI projects at Serco and subsequently to the EIB, as a Principal Advisor, advising on PPP policy and funding guidance for EU member states.
Ed graduated with First Class Honours and a Dean’s commendation in Civil Engineering in 2018, joining Rock later that year.
He helped execute the closing of the East Midlands and West Coast transactions in 2019, with a combined deal value of £750m. He also supports the origination of new opportunities in the UK and abroad.