Richard Bowker

Company: Union Railway Company

Position: Chief executive officer (CEO)

Biography: Appointed in August to head the newly formed Union Railway Company, Richard Bowker comes to the UAE after a substantial career in the UK railway industry.

An economics graduate, Bowker spent a year working as a session musician before joining London Underground as a graduate finance trainee. This exposed him to early private finance initiatives in the London system.

After a spell at Australia-based infrastructure specialist Babcock & Brown, Bowker became commercial director of the UK’s Virgin and co-chairman of Virgin Rail. From 2001 to 2004, he served as chairman of UK regulatory body the Strategic Rail Authority (SRA). Bowker left the SRA, which was wound up in 2006, to become head of the government’s Partnerships for Schools Initiative, before joining UK transport firm National Express as CEO.

Contact: (+9712) 418 2222; http://www.adcbuae.com/directory/union_railway_company.html