Steve Featherstone, President
Steve Featherstone was inaugurated as President of the Permanent Way Institution (PWI) at the PWI AGM on 25th June 2016. Steve is currently the Programme Director Track, Infrastructure Projects for Network Rail responsible for the high output and conventional plain line teams and the North and South S&C Alliances. Prior to this, Steve was previously Maintenance Director for Network Rail, responsible for track, signalling, telecoms, power and overhead line system maintenance across the UK rail network. Steve joined the railway industry around 8 years ago. He benefited from transferable skills from the gas industry where he had spent 20 years managing safety critical infrastructure.
Whilst in the gas industry, Steve was Honorary Secretary and then President of the Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers which is the 4th oldest of the engineering professional bodies. Steve is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Permanent Way Institution, a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, a Fellow of the Institution of Gas Engineers and a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. He believes that the PWI has a key role in improving standards and professionalism both within Network Rail and in the wider rail industry.