Graham Eccles became chairman of Virgin Care in March 2010 and has a vastly experienced background spanning nearly 49 years of operating, managing and directing Britain’s railways.
Having joined British Rail as a lad porter in 1962, Graham’s first major appointment came during the privatisation of the railways in the early 1990s when he became the managing director of one of British Rail’s new subsidiary train operating companies, Network SouthCentral.
In 1996, Graham took a role as rail business manager with Stagecoach Group plc, working on global business acquisitions before returning to the railway industry as a managing director of South West Trains in December 1998.
Graham was appointed to the main board of Stagecoach Group in 2000 and subsequently served on a number of subsidiary boards as director, chairman and co-chairman, including Virgin Trains and Trainline dot com, another Virgin company.
Graham also served as chairman of Rail Staff Travel Ltd, chairman of the joint industry National Task Force and also as a part-time, unpaid advisor on operational issues to Network Rail, Department for Transport and No. 10 Delivery Unit.
After retiring in 2006 Graham began to work part-time in the NHS. As chairman of a strategic health authority, Graham was charged with providing healthcare for four million people and managing a turnover of more than £4 billion.
Graham is also chairman of the TXM Group.