Simon French

Simon French BSc (Econ) Hons CMIOSH
Chief Inspector
Rail Accident Investigation Branch

Simon French is a graduate of the London School of Economics and joined the railway industry in 1982 as a management trainee. He held a number of operational posts in British Rail and worked on number of major railway projects including the Channel Tunnel and Heathrow Express. In 1998 he joined the client organisation for the Channel Tunnel Rail Link (now known as HS1) as the Head of Operations and Safety. In 2004 Simon joined the newly formed Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB). After six years as Deputy, in 2015 he was appointed to the role of Chief Inspector. The RAIB is the independent body tasked with the investigation of railway accidents in the UK.