chief operating officer,
Transport Systems Catapult
Mark Ruddy is the Chief Operating Officer for the Transport Systems Catapult and accountable for programme and project delivery.
Hailing from a military background, Mark served with the Royal Engineers for 28 years, building capability in battlefield engineering, innovative construction in austere & hostile environments, adult education and post-conflict resolution/nation building. He was UK’s Chief Engineer in Southern Iraq in 2005, improving municipal and regional regeneration, essential services (power, water, fuel, sanitation), economic growth, and co-ordinating local restoration of Oil, Health, Transportation, Ports & Airport, Education & Agriculture sectors. Previously, he commanded the Construction Engineer School in Chatham – Europe’s largest artisan and construction engineer training establishment at the time. He undertook active service tours in Northern Ireland, the Balkans and Iraq.
Leaving the army as a full Colonel, he transferred his knowledge and experience to Network Rail, where he initially headed up the company’s training and development directorate – building up one of UK’s largest residential apprentice programmes in the process, and transforming Network Rail’s competence management system.
He then spent three years, as Route Managing Director, overseeing the Sussex Route, Europe’s busiest and most congested section of railway, before taking up his role at the Transport Systems Catapult. He has been a member of the Rail Industry Skills Forum, the CBI Skills and Education Committee, Network Rail’s most senior safety committee, and is a former non-executive director of the Association of Rail Training Providers. He currently sits on UK’s Future Airspace Strategy Deployment Steering Group (FASDSG), and as a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers’ Learned Society’s Professionalism Panel Working Group.