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The Non-Executive Directors

Andy_cooperAndrew Cooper

Andrew graduated from Cambridge University and joined British Rail in 1980. After taking up operational roles, in 1986 he joined the InterCity sector team on Great Western and then as Business Planning Manager at Headquarters. He helped guide InterCity through privatisation and since 1991 has held the most senior posts at Anglia Railway, Gatwick Express, Great Western, Central Trains and CrossCountry.

As a departure from the ‘main line’, he was Managing Director of Metronet BCV for the first two years of the ill-fated London Underground PPP before teaming up with Arriva in 2005 to lead the successful bid for CrossCountry, which he subsequently mobilised and has led as Managing Director since 2007.

Andrew is also a Director of Grand Central and a Fellow and non-Executive Director of the Permanent Way Institution. He is Chairman of the System Safety Risk Group.

I am hoping that my experiences in the rail industry and work with rail engineers over a long period equip me to help guide the PWI, giving it a strong role in the industry in the years ahead.



John_DuttonJohn Dutton

John is Operating Centre Manager (OCM) for Gutteridge Haskins and Davy (GHD) in the UK/Europe.

GHD is a consultancy business with over 6000 staff worldwide and covers five market sectors globally; within the UK/Europe the focus is on the Transportation sector, in particular railways.

As one of a small number of OCMs globally, this provides John with access to an international, broad base of knowledge, skills and capability and the application of these within the railway sector globally.

John is a pragmatic and focused individual who is a Fellow of the ICE and the APM as well as a Chartered Director who enjoys developing and formulating strategies and then working hard to deliver the required outcomes through clearly defined and developed steps to ensure successful outcomes. As a current Non-Executive Director, John is working with the Board and the Engineering Council to assist the PWI in Affiliate registration and the commencement of professional registration for PWI members. 



colin_wheelerColin Wheeler

I joined British Rail Eastern Region in York as a graduate in 1967. I worked in Leeds, York, Sheffield, and Manchester where as Divisional Civil Engineer Manchester and Liverpool I devolved the Division into two. After a brief spell with Intercity back in York, TUPE took me Balfour Beatty Rail from where I managed the Track Safety Strategy Group for three years. Whilst working as a consultant after retirement I chaired the Rail Industry Contractors Association for 13 years and was the inventor and first editor of “The Rail Engineer” magazine in 2003.

I won the “Wing Award” for track safety in 2006. I still write a published column on railway safety that is published each month in “Railstaff”. I am a Director of the Robert Stephenson Trust and continue as a professional Reviewer for aspirant civil engineers seeking fellowship of the Institution of Civil Engineers or chartered and incorporated professional status.

As a Non-Executive Director of the Permanent Way institution I am using my experience in re-focussing the PWI and increasing its relevance to those working in the rail infrastructure today.



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