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John Rowland

John Rowland


John joined Network Rail in 2014 and is currently Head of Legal for one of the biggest operational businesses within the company.

John and his team are responsible for all legal support to a business comprising 9,000 employees and approximately 25% of Network Rail’s total assets.  The team’s strategy of “consistently exceeding customer expectations” is advanced by working as partners to the business to proactively support the operations, maintenance and enhancement of the rail infrastructure.

John trained at Dentons as a corporate lawyer, before joining Stikeman Elliott – Canada’s pre-eminent corporate firm.  He moved in-house in 2010, working at a small software and manufacturing company before joining Kier Group plc.  At Kier, John supported the Group GC in procuring the company’s first ever formal panel, a role he has repeated at Network Rail where he was instrumental in the process of designing, establishing and implementing the company’s new unique partnership framework.