Sir John Armitt CBE

Non-Executive Chairman

Person 1


January 2013 and as Chairman February 2013


Key strengths:

Sir John has extensive experience in the transport, engineering and construction sectors, including of working with government at ministerial level. He also has significant board-level experience both as a Chairman and Chief Executive, having held Chair roles at the Government Commission on the Thames Estuary, Olympic Delivery Authority and Engineering and Physical Science Research Council, and Chief Executive roles at Network Rail, Costain Group and Union Railways.

Sir John was awarded a CBE in 1996 for his contribution to the rail industry and a knighthood in 2012 for services to engineering and construction.

Key strengths in supporting the Company’s strategy:

  • Provides effective leadership of the Board in its robust review and careful monitoring of the delivery of the Company’s strategy and management of risk
  • Offers valuable insights into UK government policy and priorities on public transport and infrastructure
  • Promotes strong corporate governance, including by promoting the Board’s understanding of stakeholders’ views, aiding its assessment of whether the Company is achieving the six desired stakeholder outcomes of the Evolve strategy

Current external appointments: 

  • Chairman, National InfrastructureCommission
  • Non-Executive Director, Berkeley Group Holdings PLC
  • Non-Executive Director, Expo 2020

Business model

We believe that the Group has created a number of value drivers that differentiate us from our peers as a leading operator in this critical sector. 

Our strategy

Three strategic priorities drive the business forward

What we do

National Express Group is a leading international public transport operator, diversified internationally and by business area.