From May, more trains will run quicker and right through the heart of London, as a result of Network Rail’s Thameslink Programme. Its Director, Simon Blanchflower, talks to the British Safety Council about leading such a complex project.

If some leaders direct at a comfortable distance from the project they are working on, Simon Blanchflower is not that person. When we meet Simon, Major Programme Director of Network Rail’s Thameslink Programme to talk about the qualities of leadership, it is not in a towering skyscraper, but in an office in the midst of the action. From it we can hear the rumbling and screeching of rail tracks, the sounds of a nine-year project coming to life. The immersive setting of part of the new Thameslink line is a good metaphor for his style of leadership, which is all about leading from within and empowering the community and is what we are here to discover more about.

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