Overview of Railsponsible Governance


Leadership Committee

The Leadership committee is made up of the CPOs (or relevant C-suite representative) of each Regular Member company.

The Leadership Committee is the senior governance body of the initiative, with the specific role to:

  • Take relevant decisions related to the activities and actions of Railsponsible
  • Provide oversight, strategic guidance and insight to the Membership Committee
  • Represent the initiative to external stakeholders and potential new members as appropriate

Christophe Gourlay_Alstom_2As CPO of Alstom, a leading company in Railways business, Christophe Gourlay is in charge of the global sourcing organization. Christophe started his career in 1988 in Dassault Electronique whereby he held several positions in major military programs such as the development of the Rafale fighter aircraft. With Alstom since 1999, Christophe held several positions in France and Overseas. Manager of strategic projects such as the driverless Circle Line metro in Singapore, Christophe was also the head of Transport activities in Australia/ New Zealand, Customer Director for RATP, VP for Mainline activities and then Europe Component sites.

Since 2014, he was the Managing Director of the Valenciennes site. Christophe holds an engineering graduate of ENSEA.


Koen Bergs heads the Procurement department of SNCB, connecting customer needs with supplier solutions.

DrNicolasLange_KnorrB_04Dr. Nicolas Lange was born in Amsterdam, he is married with three children. Before joining Knorr-Bremse in 2000, he graduated in mechanical engineering and holds a Doctor degree (Ph.D.) in transmission engineering from the Technical University of Munich.  From July 2006, he was Head of the department Brake Mechanics Technology before he got responsible as Vice President of the Center of Competence Bogie Equipment in May 2009.  With effect from July 1, 2017 Dr. Lange was appointed as additional Member of the Management Board of Knorr-Bremse Systeme für Schienenfahrzeuge GmbH.

Jeroen Wegkamp holds master degrees in Chemical Engineering and Business Administration NS next: One Procurement bijeenkomst: zakelijk portretand is a certified internal auditor. Since September 2013 Jeroen is CPO of NS (Dutch Railways).

Before joining NS in 2013 he held various finance and procurement related leadership positions within Essent-RWE, ultimately being responsible for the German and Dutch procurement activities. Before that he had a career as management consultant and interim manager.

Jeroen lives in Amersfoort together with his wife and three daughters.

Foto Edgardo B_N_1_150x150Brigitte Schuessler has been Chief Procurement Officer at ÖBB since 2010. Prior to this, she worked at Telekom Austria in supply chain, purchasing, and environmental management. She holds a law degree.

SBB_PfuhlStephan Pfuhl has a business administration background with an additional executive MBA. He began his career in the railway industry in Germany with Deutsche Bahn and joined SBB in 2007 as head of corporate development.

He has worked for over 20 years in the railway sector and has ample experience in strategy and procurement topics. As head of long distance traffic he was responsible for the major rolling stock purchases in SBB history. Since 2015 he leads the SBB supply chain management board with an overall spend of five billion CHF.

Stefan Bürkle began his career in 1996 as a consultant and project manager at A.T. Kearney Paris, where he gained initial experience in procurement. He was appointed Associate Director EMEA for  Procurement Processes and Systems at Bristol-Myers Squibb in 2005 and went on to become Purchasing Director for the Giraud International group in 2006, where he was responsible for  purchasing and cost-cutting programmes. He joined SNCF Group in 2010 at the helm of the Geodis Purchasing department, when his former company was acquired by Geodis.

Stefan Bürkle was named Purchasing Director for SNCF Group on 1 January 2013. His mission is to successfully carry out the Purchasing transformation programme, drive performance and efficiency, incorporate CSR into purchasing, and thereby contribute to building the new SNCF.

Overall, SNCF Purchasing handles more than €13 billion worth of purchases a year (excluding subcontracting of road, air and sea freight within Geodis).



Membership Committee

Each Regular Member appoints one representative to the Membership Committee.

The Membership Committee has the responsibility to develop and enact the strategy for the initiative, develop an annual work plan of specific activities (so called ‘scope of work’), and ensure the execution of the activities within the budget and time. In particular during the Membership Committee meetings members will share developments, report on activities of the Working Groups (see below) and gain input and will make decisions that require the full membership.



All Railsponsible members have the opportunity to:

  • Demonstrate leadership in sustainable procurement practices specific to the railway sector by joining this industry initiative.
  • Track the sustainability performance of suppliers and improve internal sustainability risk management processes
  • Drive better sustainability performance for your suppliers through participation in shared supplier assessment campaigns, on a common data platform with one common questionnaire (Member type A only); and benefit from shared KPI reports from the initiative; benefit from the shared efforts to engage and assess supplier sustainability performance and shared KPI reports for the initiative.
  • Share best practices with peers about how to manage key sustainability trends and challenges in the railway sector

Membership of Railsponsible is divided into the following classes:

  • Regular members
  • Associate members

Regular Membership

Regular members are companies across the railway industry supply chain.

Upon joining Railsponsible regular members commit to a number of terms and conditions, including:

  • Public endorsement of the vision and mission
  • Participation in and contribution to Railsponsible’s activities
  • Payment of annual membership fees
  • Participation in Railsponsible governance bodies
  • Attendance of the majority of calls and in-person meetings
  • Provision of information for KPI tracking and external reporting.

For full details of the terms and commitments, please see the Railsponsible governance handbook.

Associate Membership

Associate members are organizations involved in the railway supply chain, such as trade, industry and other associations representing such businesses and other organizations with direct or indirect interest and involvement in the railway supply chain.

Associate members are not required to pay any membership fee and can participate and contribute to the collective action of Railsponsible through:

  • Aligning on sustainability strategy and creating synergies
  • Hosting /attending Railsponsible events / workshops / annual meetings
  • Providing access and facilitating Railsponsible engagement and dialogue with their own networks
  • Supporting Railsponsible communication and other type of direct and indirect engagement that can give Railsponsible visibility and legitimacy within the railway sector and sustainability “ecosystem”.

If you are interested in joining, please contact us.