Robin WIlliam Gisby was born in 1957. He joined GKN in 1978 and went on to work in the Charterail GKN/British Rail joint venture company from 1989 to 1992. He undertook various non-rail activities between 1992 to 1997, before returning to the rail industry as Railtrack's Head of Freight in 1997. Staying at Railtrack, he served as Zone Director London North Eastern/Anglia from 2002 and in 2004 was appointed as Zone Director Southern. Between 2005 and 2015 he served as Director Operations for Network Rail, 2005-2015. He was on retainer for the Department forTransport from 2015 and since 2018 has been the Chairman of London North Eastern Railway.