Where does the time go? It seems like only yesterday that the new line-up of rail industry heroes was crowned at the 2018 RailStaff Awards for the difference they make to customers, colleagues, communities and the collective...
Tuesday, March 5 is a day postmaster Kevin Beechey is unlikely ever to forget.  What began as a normal morning for the Network Rail worker started to turn into anything but when he spotted...

A league of their own

Four amateur football teams are battling it out for the inaugural GTR Railway Football League title. Brighton Train Crews and South Western Railway Train Crews kickstarted the season with an entertaining 6-6 thriller at...
The rail industry has announced the "Million Hour Challenge", which aims to encourage staff to donate their time, energy and skills to help the Samaritans support people in emotional crisis. First revealed by...

New chief at Kier

Andrew Davies, construction group Wates' former chief executive, has been appointed as the new CEO of Kier. He will take up the post from April 15. Andrew had been...
Nexus has created a 'head of learning' post to lead on the delivery of Tyne and Wear Metro training programmes. New starter Heather Blevins previously worked in learning and development for Coventry City...
Richard Salkeld, the host of the 2018 RailStaff Awards, has announced his departure from Great Western Railway to return to an old patch. As of March, the media and communications manager has been...

Farewell to David Waboso

Industry colleague Clive Kessell looks back at the career of the talented project engineer The impending retirement of David Waboso, who currently heads up the Digital Railway team in Network Rail,...
BTP officer Leon McLeod is running his first marathon to raise money for servicemen and women who suffer from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). On April 28, PC McLeod will be among the thousands...
Engineering consultancy Patrick Parsons has recruited a new director for rail. Sen Jay Dookayka was most recently interim head of scheme design at East West Railway Company and joins Patrick Parsons' Twickenham office to...

Execs depart Orange Army

Francis Paonessa, the managing director of Infrastructure Projects (IP), and Alison Rumsey, group human resources director, are both set to leave Network Rail. Francis joined IP from Bombardier in 2014 and will leave Network...
Andy Joy has been promoted to rail sector director at Amey.  The former business director joined the company in 2018 following the acquisition of the majority of Carillion’s rail business.  Andy...
Paul Robinson, the managing director of Nottingham Trams, has replaced outgoing chair Paul Francis at Rail Forum Midlands (RFM).  Nottingham Trams is a joint venture between Keolis (80 per cent) and Wellglade (20 per...
Hull Trains has appointed Mark Shepherd as its head of safety and environment. Mark will tackle issues surrounding the operator’s existing fleet, its new Class 802s and also address abuse to train staff.

Success Story

A trio of senior promotions have been made at Story Contracting after what it describes as an "exceptional start" to 2019. The infrastructure company grew by 36 per cent in 2018 - welcoming its...
Network Rail has hired its first dedicated head of apprenticeships.  Newstarter Richard Turner joins from Virgin Trains where he was responsible for the company’s training and development as well as its talent academy in...
Purbeck Community Rail Partnership (CRP) has employed a part-time community rail partnership officer (CRPO) thanks to funding from South Western Railway (SWR). Kelly Marshall, the newly appointed CRPO for the Purbeck area, will...

Robinson onboard for Wales

Not-for-profit government agency Transport for Wales has appointed Lee Robinson as development director for North Wales.  The region will be the first to benefit from the addition of fully refurbished trains in 2019 as...
A choral flash mob that went viral with a performance of 'Lean on Me' at Christmas has released a charity single. Known as 'Voices for Railway Children', the group of 80 rail staff met at a London recording studio to produce...
Martin Beable, fleet director of Arriva UK's trains bid team, is set to join Greater Anglia in March as the new engineering director. Martin, who replaces former engineering director Colin Dobson, will oversee the maintenance, professional engineering and safe, efficient operation...
A transport leader who previously managed the strategy for the £2 billion East Coast main line upgrade is set to join Transport for the North (TfN). Jeremy Bloom, previously of Highways England, AECOM, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Network Rail and London Underground, has been...
Photo: Ricardo.

Move for digital railway boss

Doug Blanc has moved from SNC-Lavalin to Ricardo, where he will lead the digital railway and digital resilience teams. Based at Ricardo’s Derby technical centre, Doug will work directly with clients to help them to deliver a secure and high...
An 85-year-old woman has finally visited her grandfather's long-lost grave with the help of a Virgin Trains employee. When Private Thomas Bryan said farewell to his family and left to fight in the First World War, they had no idea...
Photo: Julian Osley.

Atkins recruits Arcadis boss

Lizi Stewart, the managing director of Arcadis' highways and aviation business, is set to join Atkins. In her new role as managing director for transportation, she will be responsible for driving further growth in the rail, highways and local transport markets. Lizi will...

RailStaff December: Railway royalty

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West Coast appointments

Christmas work