Ellie Burrows

Managing Director, Southern region at Network Rail

Ellie has been working in the UK rail industry for more than 20 years over which she has gained wide ranging experience across different regions, operators, disciplines and service types. Ellie’s most recent role prior to becoming RMD Southern was as route director Anglia. Where in partnership with Train Operators she was able to deliver significant improvements in performance and safety and support Elizabeth Line introduction. Ellie has previously worked on the Southern Region, having been both train service director and deputy managing director for Southeastern and Area Director in both the Kent and Sussex routes.

Ellie is passionate about developing people and skills in rail and is Chair of the Chartered Institute of Railway Operators (CIRO), additional Ellie is Chair of the RSSB System Safety Risk Group bringing the industry together to deliver on the industry ‘Leading Health and Safety on Britain’s Railways’ strategy.

Ellie leads the Southern region, serving passengers and freight operators across the busiest rail lines in the country, transporting large numbers of commuters to London and other employment hubs from Devon in the West to Kent in the East and links Wessex, Sussex and Kent as well as Network Rail High Speed.

The region also serves channel routes to Europe, major ports and Gatwick and Southampton airports, transporting large numbers of leisure travellers to south coast resorts and other tourist destinations.



  • Managing Director, Southern region

    Current role