Kate Marjoribanks has been appointed as the new engineering director of Arriva Rail London (ARL), which operates the London Overground on behalf of Transport for London (TfL).

Having been in the rail industry for nearly 25 years, Kate brings a great deal of experience to her new role. Although she started her career working as a trainee on 5,000-ton warships at Yarrow Shipbuilders, she graduated from Edinburgh University with a Mechanical Engineering degree and switched to rail, joining British Rail to work in depots across the UK.

Kate Marjoribanks, the new engineering director at Arriva Rail London

Kate soon progressed into senior engineering roles including head of engineering at South Western Railway and engineering director at Abellio Greater Anglia. While engineering director at Chiltern, she launched new passenger services and increased the fleet size by 25 per cent.

In her new role at Arriva Rail London, Kate will focus on optimising the existing fleet, leading a team of engineers, overseeing the traincare team and working with maintenance partners, Bombardier and Greater Anglia. She will also be supporting the introduction of the Class 710 fleet to the London Overground network.

Commenting on her new responsibilities, Kate said: “It is an exciting time to be joining the fleet team at Arriva Rail London, who have demonstrated a passionate and relentless focus on delivering a world class railway for our customers since my arrival.

“My priority will be optimising the London Overground fleet and working closely with Transport for London, our engineers, traincare teams and maintenance partners to do so.”