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Brian Counter, Technical Director

brian_counterI have been involved in railway work since 1979 when I left Newcastle University to join British Rail as a Civil Engineering Management Trainee.

It was my first link with the PWI as I joined as an associate member in my second week. I held many railway operational roles including PWME Mid Wales.

Following privatisation I held senior contracting posts and was Regional Director (Midland) for Balfour Beatty Rail Maintenance. I was also Engineering Adviser to the Rail Regulator in London.

In 2007, I became an academic at the University of Derby and have since been involved in teaching track and infrastructure design and maintenance to undergraduates and postgraduates.

I can bring my railway and academic experience to the role which will be challenging as we face a huge investment in rail in the UK.


I feel that the PWI can make a real contribution to the UK rail industry given the appropriate focus. There are many new developments and a need to research in permanent way and infrastructure, whilst keeping the historical perspective. I am committed to supporting the need to train more young rail engineers and the PWI will soon provide a catalyst for professional qualifications linked to the Engineering Council and become both a learned society and a qualifying body.

I will contribute to the management of the institution through active participation at executive and board level. I will manage the process for technical review of Journal articles and the CPD accreditation of seminars and Section Meetings. I have already started to put in place the process for updating the PWI’s technical literature and ensure that it is updated in a timely way. My job is also to validate and manage the PWI’s technical consultants and their work.


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