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Mark Hopwood Returning to Great Western

Dear MMPA Members,

I’d like you to be†some of†the first to know that, after†a year as interim managing director at South Western Railway, Mark Hopwood will be returning to Great Western Railway as Managing Director from†4th†January next year.

It has been an absolute privilege to have led GWR through this very challenging year, and I’m grateful for the support you have given me and the GWR family. I also know that Mark is very much looking forward to getting back to the†Western†and working with you all again.

I’m proud and pleased of what we’ve been able to achieve in the past year, from improving train service performance and securing investment in key projects across our network, to keeping our key workers moving through a global pandemic and supporting the local economic recovery in the communities we serve.

At the same time, I’ve†been asked to take up a secondment to the First Rail leadership team to focus on the development of FirstGroup’s future rail businesses and contractual arrangements.

This is an exciting opportunity to use the skills and experience from this year, as well as my time working on previous franchise bids, to help our sister train companies in FirstGroup and I look forward to helping secure and shape the future of First’s rail businesses at this critical time.

During this time I will remain a statutory director at First Greater Western Ltd and will continue to take a keen interest in the business.†In the meantime¬†I†hope you have a great†Christmas and New Year.

Best wishes

Matthew Golton†
Managing Director, GWR

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Last updated 5th December, 2020