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John Edgley 

I’m deeply honoured to have become the President of the PWI in 2020 and am excited by the opportunity to support and build on the amazing work that the Institution has done over the last few years. My theme over the next year will be industry competence and capability and as such I will be seeking ways to establish a collective industry approach to professional competency. Specifically, I will seek to establish a common framework that enables employers to adopt a consistent approach to develop staff which have the potential benefit of reducing training costs and providing clearer development opportunities for the talent in our industry.   

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.