Sir John Peace chairs Midlands Connect and the Midlands Engine. He has a long and distinguished business career at the highest levels covering the technology, financial services and retail sectors. He is a Founder, former Chairman and Chief Executive of Experian plc, former Chief Executive of GUS Plc, former Chairman of Standard Chartered plc and until July 2018 was Chairman of Burberry plc. He was knighted in 2011 for services to the business and voluntary sector, and has been Lord-Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire since 2012.
Maria Machancoses, CEO
Maria has been instrumental in the success and development of Midlands Connect since helping to set up the partnership in 2014. Maria has also worked as Director of the Midlands Engine and managed the West Midlands Integrated Transport Authority’s input into the HS2 Hybrid Bill.
Simon Statham, Chief Technical Officer
Simon oversees and manages the evidence base which underpins the development of Midlands Connect’s priority road, rail and technology programmes. Simon spent 17 years as a transport planner in the consultancy sector before joining Midlands Connect in 2016.
Paul Butters, External Affairs
Paul leads the external affairs team at Midlands Connect, having spent a number of years working for business group the CBI and as a strategic adviser and press officer for the Liberal Democrats.
Andrew Pritchard, Strategic Advisor
Alongside his role as Director of Policy and Infrastructure at East Midlands Councils, Andrew provides strategic advice on Midlands Connect’s policy direction and approach to our long term role as a Sub-national Transport Body.