Leadership team

Executive team

Seth Kybird

Seth Kybird

CEO

Before becoming CEO Seth was Managing Director of INS. He is a former chartered accountant and strategy consultant, who has experience of leading and developing organisations and a strong track record in tackling complex commercial challenges in the UK and internationally. 

Chris Connelly

Chris Connelly

Deputy CEO and Rail Director

Chris is a highly respected leader in the rail industry having driven successful growth as Managing Director, and before that Chief Operating Officer, of Direct Rail Services. He was with DRS for over 25 years, joining just two years after the company was formed in 1995. 

Alaine Greaves

Alaine Greaves

Finance Director

Alaine is a chartered accountant who has been an Executive in the nuclear industry for over ten years, most recently as Finance and People Director at INS. She started her career with Deloitte and Touche, before working in the Pharmaceutical industry.

Pete Buchan

Peter Buchan

Shipping Director 

An experienced leader and director, Pete has successfully led a number of significant, and strategically important commercial and operational projects. He has worked extensively with UK, European and Japanese customers, including spending three years in our Japan office, and is a board member of PNTL and WNTI. 

Julie Nerney 

Transformation

Julie is a serial entrepreneur, transformation expert, NED, Chair, guest lecturer and public speaker. With insights from working with hundreds of organisations across every sector, she is a passionate advocate for purposeful, authentic leadership and creating organisation cultures that drive outcomes. 

Ben Whittard

Ben Whittard

Solutions Director 

An experienced executive and leading authority on nuclear security and resilience, Ben has developed an international reputation for his expertise. Formerly a Senior Inspector at ONR, the UK nuclear regulator, he became INS’s Director of Security in 2019 where he was responsible for the security of several high-profile nuclear transports.

Ciara Middlehurst

Ciara Middlehurst 

Commercial Director 

Ciara is an experienced commercial leader with a private sector background. She began her career with BAE systems, delivering high value complex projects with domestic and international clients. She joined NTS from the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority where she was Head of Commercial Projects.  

Sam Wilkinson

Sam Wilkinson 

Communications and Stakeholder Relations Director 

Sam is a highly experienced Communications and Public Affairs expert, who led both INS and DRS communication teams prior to the creation of NTS. He previously spent ten years advising Ministers in central and regional government departments, including the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. 

Claire Doughty

Claire Doughty 

Human Resources Director 

Claire has considerable experience of leading Human Resources for major private sector transformation initiatives. She has spent the last 15 years working predominantly in the manufacturing, engineering and power sectors, and has supported the development of large-scale government contracts.    

Claire Peers

Claire Peers

Health, Safety, Environment & Quality Director 

Claire is an HSEQ leader with a passion for delivering effective, sustainable solutions, and holds a master’s degree in Occupational Safety and Health. She was formerly DRS’s HSEQ Director before which she held senior EH&S positions in the construction, chemical manufacturing, and energy sectors.  

Khalil Bukhari

Khalil Bukhari

General Counsel and Company Secretary 

Khalil is a leading authority on international nuclear law. He supports the UK Government on nuclear transport law issues and is a European Nuclear Energy Tribunal Judge. He is also an expert and lecturer for the International Atomic Energy Authority, Nuclear Energy Agency, and the International School of Nuclear Law.  

The NTS Board

Wanda Goldwag

Wanda Goldwag

Chair

Wanda Goldwag has a wealth of experience in non-executive roles, specialising in chairing complex organisations in both the public and private sectors. She is currently Chair of the Financial Service Consumer Panel, Chair of a body in the gas industry called the Uniform Network Code Modification Panel, Interim Chair of the Leasehold Advisory Service, and an advisor to Smedvig Capital.

Geoff Spencer

Geoff Spencer

Non-Executive Director 

Geoff is a respected leader and expert in rail. He has over 35 years’ experience in the rail freight sector and was previously Chief Executive of DB Cargo. 

John Hudson

John Hudson

Non-Executive Director 

John has over 20 years of Executive Management experience working on large complex programmes with a particular focus on the maritime sector. He was Managing Director of BAE Systems Maritime Group until 2019, and prior to that he spent many years in shipbuilding, becoming Engineering Director then Managing Director at the Barrow Shipyard.

Andrew Dickinson

Non-Executive Director 

Andrew has a wealth of finance and general management experience having spent 27 years with Rolls Royce, including two years as Chief Finance Officer of Rolls Royce Civil Aerospace. Since leaving Rolls Royce in 2018 he has been Board Member and Chair of Audit Committee at the Open University, Nottingham City Homes, and Nottingham College.

Clive Nixon

Clive Nixon

Non-Executive Director 

Clive is a renowned expert in the nuclear industry. He is currently Group Chief Nuclear Strategy Officer at the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and has held a number of R&D, technical and commercial roles in the sector. 

Seth Kybird

Seth Kybird

CEO

Before becoming CEO Seth was Managing Director of INS. He is a former chartered accountant and strategy consultant, who has experience of leading and developing organisations and a strong track record in tackling complex commercial challenges in the UK and internationally. 

Chris Connelly

Chris Connelly

Deputy CEO and Rail Director

Chris is a highly respected leader in the rail industry having driven successful growth as Managing Director, and before that Chief Operating Officer, of Direct Rail Services. He was with DRS for over 25 years, joining just two years after the company was formed in 1995. 

Alaine Greaves

Alaine Greaves

Finance Director

Alaine is a chartered account who has been an Executive in the nuclear industry for over ten years, most recently as Finance and People Director at INS. She started her career with Deloitte and Touche, before working in the Pharmaceutical industry.

Pete Buchan

Peter Buchan

Shipping Director 

An experienced leader and director, Pete has successfully led a number of significant, and strategically important commercial and operational projects. He has worked extensively with UK, European and Japanese customers, including spending three years in our Japan office, and is a board member of PNTL and WNTI.