John Smith
Managing Director

John Smith founded GB Railfreight in 1999 and is the company’s Managing Director. He has worked in the rail industry for 33 years. In 1977, John joined British Rail, managing rolling stock maintenance at various locations, including York, Longsight, Bounds Ground, Willesden and Wembley, before eventually becoming Deputy Managing Director at operator Anglia Railways. He decided to set up GB Railfreight in 1999 in order to undertake more open access work on our rail system.  John graduated from Loughborough University in 1982 as a mechanical engineer. He is currently a member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers.


Karl Goulding-Davis
Finance Director

Karl Goulding-Davis joined GB Railfreight in 2002, but worked on the railway before this at Anglia Railways.  He is an ACCA qualified accountant who worked for Fred Olsen before the railways. He lives in Felixstowe with his partner and two dogs, and enjoys cycling and hill walking.


David Knowles
Chief Operating Officer

David Knowles is the Chief Operating Officer at GB Railfreight, a role he took on in July 2015. Moving from his previous role as Production Director, where he was in charge of GB Railfreight’s operational development and delivery, his core responsibilities now also include fleet procurement and maintenance needs, via the addition of the company’s engineering function. This new position also means that David is tasked with the development of activities in new markets. Earlier in his GBRf career, he was the company’s Head of Production and held a series of operational posts around the country where he built up the company’s services, including the work it does for Royal Mail, LUL infrastructure and UK Coal services.


Phil Webster
Commercial Director

Phil Webster joined GB Railfreight in 2007, taking on the role of Commercial Director. His responsibilities include ensuring the delivery of the contract portfolio, finding new business opportunities and supporting the wider growth of the company. Phil notes one of his major achievements as being his assistance in the expansion of the value of GB Railfreight’s coal portfolio to £40 million. Phil previously worked at the British Railways Board, where he undertook various commercial and operations roles across the country.


Meet our Train Managers
This month: Richard Moye

I've been a Train Manager at GBRf for just over a year now, and am based out of Whitemoor. I joined the company back in February 2006, starting out as a Terminal Operator at Whitemoor. In 2008, I took on the position of Assistant Train Manager (ATM) at Peterborugh, and was named ATM a year later in 2009. Having gained seven years' experience, I finally decided to make the jump to Train Manager in 2015. I love everything about my job, but the best part is undoubtedly being part of a fantastic team. These guys are not only great colleuges, they are great friends. I live in Cambridgeshire with my wife and two children and actively take part in various community events. My claim to fame is winning the village sports' dads' race nine years in a row.

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