I’m looking forward to joining the Presidential chain of the PWI and am really excited by the opportunity to support and build on the amazing work that the Institution has done over the last few years.
I have been the Chief Track Engineer for Network Rail since November 2016 and prior to this I was the Professional Head of Track for Network Rail. My career spans over 28 years in the rail industry which encompasses infrastructure maintenance, track renewals, railway plant, multidisciplinary engineering projects and more recently leading the technical authority track engineering function within Network Rail.
I also chair the industry Seasonal Challenge Steering Group which is tasked with providing advice and guidance to the industry to improve the seasonal performance of the railway and reduce train delays.
I joined the Rail Industry as a sponsored student and then a graduate trainee in 1991, just before privatisation of British Rail working for GTRM. Following completion of my training I became a Track Maintenance Engineer looking after a very busy part of the Network (Wolverhampton and Birmingham New Street).
I graduated from the University of Leeds with a BEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering and Construction Management and am a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Permanent Way Institution, and also a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers.
Head of Maintenance Delivery, Western Route
I am extremely proud to be joining the presidential chain of the PWI. I have always been committed to professional development during my 30 year railway career, and this position gives me the opportunity to lead this commitment at the highest level.
I have been the Head of Maintenance Delivery for Network Rail’s Western Route for 3 years, responsible for the safe delivery of 2200 miles of infrastructure each day with a 1500 strong team. This has been an exciting era for the Western Route, with a number of major projects commissioned and a brand new fleet of trains being introduced right across the region. During this period, route maintaince practices have been modernised, with significant deployment of Intelligent Infrastructure, and the maintenance team fully restructured and ready to face the new era.
Since September of 2019, I have been seconded to set up Network Rail’s ‘Safety Task Force’. This team will focus in detail on significantly reducing the risk of track workers coming into contact with trains.
I currently sit on the national ‘Intelligent Infrastructure’ Programme Board, and also sit on the national ‘On Track Plant Safety Panel’.
My career spans nearly 30 years, starting as a mechanical and electrical engineering apprentice for British Rail in 1990. I am familiar with yellow plant, large and small, and have worked in rail maintenance, renewals and major projects at all levels. I have worked for private sector contractors and for Network Rail as a client organisation.