Based in York, Sandham has a 16-strong team including media, public affairs and internal communications, as well as a team dealing with stakeholder and line side neighbour contact. He has an annual comms budget of around £500,000, and a key challenge in recent months has been one of communicating the actual improvement work done on a railway that has seen passengers double in 20 years.

University of Liverpool graduate Sandham retains a passion for travel from his days at Thomas Cook, where he was head of UK Airline Communications before the switch to Network Rail in 2015. A keen runner, he’ll be running the London Marathon in aid of Barnardo’s this year – 10 years after his first effort – and having a first go at the Yorkshire Marathon in October.