Presenting the prizes at this year’s RailStaff Awards is Colin Flack, chief executive of the Rail Alliance.
The one time army colonel now heads one of the fastest growing industrial organisations in Britain as well as running his own modest, but successful, rolling stock storage and maintenance business at Long Marston.
The Rail Alliance specialises in bringing together suppliers and customers wanting to work within and across the rail sector.
Colin is expected to arrive at the Awards evening ‘fresh’ from completing his major fundraising 1,000 mile triathlon ‘The Ultimate 3’ for the Railway Children charity.
Business generating dynamos
Says Tom O’Connor, managing director of the Rail Media Group, which is hosting the Awards, “It is great to welcome someone who has won over so many people and companies to the cause of railways. Colin Flack and the Rail Alliance are doing valuable work for the industry, giving it a loud voice and a longer reach.
“Business generating dynamos like the Rail Alliance work for the good of all. Colin remains firmly committed to railway staff and our charity of choice, The Railway Children.
“We wish him well on the ‘Ultimate 3’ and look forward – with some trepidation – to his safe arrival in Birmingham on the 29th October.”
Drawing on his experience as a marathon runner, Colin is cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats, canoeing down three of Britain’s longest lakes and climbing three of the highest peaks in the UK this October.
Colin joined the Army straight from school and rose through the ranks where he ended up working in Logistics.His military career has taken him to Germany, Hong Kong, Northern Ireland, Cyprus, Kosovo, Saudi Arabia and Iraq as well as other short term deployments and exercises overseas.
Colin has always been an avid sportsman and a particularly keen mountaineer; additionally, he has played cricket and rugby for Kent as well as representing the Army in both sports.
In 2007, as the Rail Alliance formed up, Colin saw the value of being linked to the academic world and, as a consequence, he was appointed a Research Fellow with the University of Birmingham and has been an active supporter of the Birmingham Centre for Rail Research and Education ever since.
Colin has completed the London Marathon three times raising money for Multiple Sclerosis, the NSPCC and the National Blind Children’s Society. This year, Colin has embarked on a charity tour de force in support of the Railway Children charity.
He will complete a unique triathlon challenge called ‘The Ultimate 3’ which is being pioneered by Colin and Ruth Flack and will see him cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats stopping off to scramble up and down the Three Peaks of: Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis as well as kayaking the length of Lake Bala, Lake Windermere and Loch Ness.
It should all take three weeks. To see more about this epic 3-country, 3-mountain, 3-lake challenge – or to sponsor Colin’s efforts – visit the website.
The Rail Alliance is the leading business-to-business networking organisation for the rail industry. Working throughout the industry, with companies large and small, the Rail Alliance represents organisations currently involved in railways, those entering the market for the first time and those considering a return to the sector.
The Rail Alliance supports and encourages all those working in what is now Europe’s fastest growing rail industry.