Keith Wallace was appointed Chairman of Crossrail International in June 2021.
A Chartered Director and Chartered Engineer, Keith has over 40 years of experience in the rail industry, including 20 years’ leadership experience at executive board level.
Keith commenced his career with British Rail as a sponsored student and graduate trainee, where he gained a thorough grounding in railway engineering and operations. He then moved into consultancy before joining what was then Scott Wilson Kirkpatrick & Partners as its first rail specialist, rising to become Chief Executive of Scott Wilson Railways and serving on the Executive Committee of Scott Wilson prior to its acquisition by URS Corporation, which in turn was acquired by AECOM.
Keith chaired URS/Scott Wilson’s Crossrail Programme Board overseeing the company’s £70m design contracts on Crossrail, including Paddington and Farringdon Stations, as well as leading multi-disciplinary teams in the planning and design of major rail projects that included the East London Line Extension, Airdrie to Bathgate Rail Link and West Coast Route Modernisation (WCRM) in the UK; the Athens Metro Extension in Greece; and the HSL Zuid high-speed railway in The Netherlands. He has visited more than 30 countries on rail business, gaining a keen understanding of differing cultures and practices.
As an independent consultant, Keith performed a Project Representative review, on behalf of the UK Department for Transport, of the proposed £20bn Phase 2 of High Speed 2 (HS2), Europe’s largest infrastructure project. He also served as Programme Director for Govia Thameslink Railway on the Thameslink Project; Managing Director of Serco Caledonian Sleeper; and spent one year as Chairman of Merseyrail (Serco/Abellio JV), adding to his experience and knowledge of railway operations and major rail change programmes.
Keith holds a BSc (Hons) in Civil Engineering from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh where he later served as Member of Court, the University’s governing body, and was a member of the Audit and Risk Committee. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation, and the Royal Society of Arts.
Keith is also a non-executive director of Dublin Bus, a bus operator in Dublin, Ireland; and Scottish Autism, a charity organisation dedicated to enabling autistic people to lead happy, healthy and fulfilling lives.