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Honorary Professors

Our Honorary Professors provide a wealth of experience and insight, helping support and develop our research.



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Andrew McNaughton


Title: Chair - Network Rail High Speed Ltd, and Strategic Technical Advisor - Department for Transport


In a career starting in 1973, Andrew McNaughton was engaged in railway engineering, operation, business management and development culminating in being Chief Engineer of the GB network.  During that time he chaired the UIC (International Railway Union) European Infrastructure Commission and the EU Rail Research Committee.  From 2009, he led the design and development of HS2 including acting as Principal Witness in Parliament.  Since 2018 he has acted in a number of advisory and non-executive roles in the rail sector worldwide including chairing the UIC World Intercity and High Speed Rail Forum.  He is an honorary professor of engineering at University of Nottingham.

Professional bodies:       

Fellow - Royal Academy of Engineers

Fellow - Institution of Civil Engineers

Fellow - Institution of Engineering & Technology

Fellow - Royal Geographical Society

Fellow - Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport

Qualifications:    BSc Hons (1st) Civil Engineering - University of Leeds

Chartered Civil Engineer

Present Positions:           

Chair - Network Rail High Speed Ltd

Strategic Technical Advisor - Department for Transport

Strategic Rail Advisor - Government of the Czech Republic

Engineering Advisor to CEO - Network Rail Ltd

Professorial Fellow - University of Southampton


Katherine Royse


Title: Director of the Hartree Centre, high performance computing, data analytics and artificial intelligence research facility


Professor Katherine Royse moved to the Hartree Centre as their new Centre Director in April 2022. The Hartree Centre is a high performance computing, data analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) research facility focused on industry-led challenges. She moves from a position as Chief Digital Officer at the British Geological Survey (BGS), where she was responsible for the development of BGS digital, data and technology strategies, ensuring organisational evolution and efficient and effective exploitation of BGS digital assets to create science and business value.  

In 2021 she was awarded a Digital leaders 100 award as local national champion in recognition of her leadership in digital transformation within the midlands. Over her 24 years at BGS her research has taken her from traditional field mapping to a focus on the development of novel methods and techniques to gain research insight and added value from BGS’s data holdings. In 2017 she was recognised by the Praxisunico/RCUK Impact awards for her novel approach to innovation and commercialisation of geoscience information.

Clive Burrows seated at

Clive Burrows

Title: Chartered Engineer and the Group Engineering Director for FirstGroup 


Clive Burrows is a Chartered Engineer and the Group Engineering Director for FirstGroup.

Clive’s career in the Railway Industry spans almost 45 years.  He has extensive experience in designing, developing, testing, commissioning and maintaining rolling stock and railway systems.  He was Fleet Manager for InterCity before joining European Passenger Services in 1991 to establish the Engineering base for the Eurostar trains linking London, Paris and Brussels.

Clive was a founding member of Transportation Consultants International in 1993, where he became Managing Director of the Engineering, Procurement and Project Management business until its sale to AEAT in 2008.

Clive joined FirstGroup in 1998 as the Group Rail Engineering Director with responsibility for Engineering across the rail businesses, introducing several fleets of new trains and leading initiatives to improve safety and reliability.  He has taken a leading industry role in developing solutions to railway safety and performance interface issues.  Clive was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in recognition of his contribution to Engineering.

Between 2005 and 2008 Clive was Director of Technical and Professional at the DfT, where he led the team providing economic, statistical, modelling, safety, standards and technical advice to the Government.  This included producing the Rail Technical Strategy.

Clive returned to FirstGroup in 2008 as the Group Engineering Director, responsible for all Engineering activities throughout this international transport business.

Clive is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Institution of Engineering & Technology, Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Institute of Railway Signal Engineers and the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport




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