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Sir Peter Gerard Hendy, CBE (born 19 March 1953) is the current chairman of Network Rail and was formerly the Commissioner of Transport for London.

Sir Peter Hendy

Peter Hendy, TfL Commissioner.jpg
Peter Hendy in December 2010
Born (1953-03-19) 19 March 1953 (age 66)
OccupationChairman, Network Rail
Years active1975 – present
EmployerLondon Transport: (1975–1997)
FirstGroup: (1997–2001)
Transport for London: (2001–2015)
Network Rail: (2015–)



Hendy was educated at Latymer Upper School and the University of Leeds, where he graduated in Economics and Geography in 1975.[1]


Transport for London's Commissioner, Peter Hendy and Revd James Westcott of St Chad's Church

London TransportEdit

Hendy started his career in the public transport industry in 1975 as a London Transport graduate trainee. He moved up the career ladder, eventually taking on the role of managing director of CentreWest London Buses Ltd, managing it under London Transport ownership.

First BusEdit

He led the company through a management buyout with staff involvement, and subsequent expansion. After the takeover of CentreWest by FirstGroup, Hendy became Deputy Director UK Bus for FirstGroup, responsible for bus operations in London and southern England, bus development, light rail and operations in Hong Kong.[2]

Transport for LondonEdit

In 2001, he was appointed to the position of managing director of Surface Transport for Transport for London (TfL), under Ken Livingstone's mayoralty of London. On 1 February 2006, he took up the position of Commissioner of Transport for London.[2]

Network RailEdit

In July 2015 Hendy was appointed chairman of Network Rail.


Insignia of Knight Bachelor

Hendy was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2006 New Year Honours for his work in keeping public transport in London running during the 7 July 2005 London bombings. He was knighted for services to transport and the community in the 2013 New Year Honours.[3][4] Hendy was given an Award of Doctor of Science honoris causa by City University London in 2010.

Personal lifeEdit

Sir Peter Hendy's RM1005 on Route 188, at Canada Water.

Hendy is the younger son of Jack Hendy and the Honourable Mary Best, youngest daughter of Philip George Best, 6th Baron Wynford.[5] He is married to Sue Pendle, a human resources consultant; the couple have two children.

Hendy owns an original and roadworthy London AEC Routemaster bus. He is organiser of the 23A scheduled bus service which runs once a year to the isolated and abandoned Wiltshire village of Imber which is surrounded by military firing ranges on Salisbury Plain and is normally closed to the public. In 2019 28 double-decker buses dating from 1919 operated the route at 15-minute intervals from the westernmost London bus stop sign at Warminster station.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Peter Hendy addresses Leeds Business School Alumni". Leeds University Business School. 9 June 2011. Archived from the original on 10 June 2015. Retrieved 29 July 2013.
  2. ^ a b Milmo, Dan (6 July 2007). "Former conductor keeps London's wheels turning". The Guardian.
  3. ^ "Knights Bachelor" (PDF). Cabinet Office. 29 December 2012. Retrieved 29 December 2012.
  4. ^ "No. 60367". The London Gazette (Supplement). 29 December 2012. p. 1.
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