Prof. Andrew McNaughton was born in 1956. He joined British Rail: Eastern Region as a Temporary Junior Technical Officer Civil Engineering from 1973 to 1974, during which he took part in British Rail’s Sponsored Student Scheme. He then became the Resident Engineer at Norwich Crown Point Depot, Project Engineer on the Colchester to Norwich electrification project, Permanent Way Maintenance Engineer at Morpeth. He then was appointed as the Area Civil Engineer, Manchester, going on to be the Divisional Civil Engineer in the South East Division of British Rail: Southern Region. Between 1991 and 1994 he serves as Network SouthEast South East Division’s Civil Engineer. He then moved on to be (Railtrack’s?) Production Manager for the Anglia Zone between 1994 and 1997, before being appointed as Railtrack’s Production Director, serving in this capacity between 1997 and 1998. He then worked as Zone Director Great Western for Railtrack from 1998 to 2000. In 2000 he was appointed as Chief Engineer, Network Rail until 2009 when he became HS2's Technical Director.