Tom Smith


Appointed a Non-Executive Director of the Highways Agency in January 2014 and became a Non-Executive Director of Highways England on 1 April 2015. He chairs the Highways England Remuneration Committee.

Appointed a Non-Executive Director of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority. Tom is a member of the NDA’s Audit and Risk Assurance Committee.

In a career embracing both public and private sectors, his most recent experience has been in the rail industry. He spent 10 years at the Go-Ahead Group plc, becoming Managing Director Rail Development and was instrumental in making Go-Ahead one of Britain’s largest and most successful train operators. He was Chairman of the Association of Train Operating Companies from 2009 to 2013.

Previously he was Managing Director of Midland Expressway, the company that developed and operates the M6Toll; and held a number of senior positions at Trafalgar House plc. His initial career was in the Diplomatic Service, working in London, Hong Kong and Beijing between 1979 and 1990, when he was part of the team that negotiated the 1984 treaty with China on Hong Kong.

He holds a degree in Chemistry from Balliol College, Oxford. He is a Member of the Institute of Directors. He is also Chairman of Angel Trains Group.


The Chair of the NDA is responsible for leading the organisation and making sure that it fulfills all of its goals.

Previous roles in government

  1. Non-executive director

    • 2015 to 2017
  2. Non-executive Director

    • 2014 to 2017
  3. Non-executive director

    • 2014 to 2015