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RSSB selects new chair

Rail industry body RSSB has appointed Barbara Moorhouse as its new chair. Barbara is a non-executive director at Balfour Beatty, Microgen and Agility Trains. Her executive career encompasses board appointments in international IT companies, director general positions at the Ministry of...
Aspin Group's former head of business development has joined RSK Group. Adrian Calder, the new business development director for rail, will be responsible for identifying new opportunities in the sector, in which RSK has experienced year-on-year growth. Managing the tender process will...
Sharon Rice has been appointed the new national rail manager for groundworks and civil engineering firm Scott Parnell. Sharon has 13 years’ experience working in rail as part of the precast concrete products industry and will work out of Cheshire in...
Railway adventurers Geoff Marshall and Vicki Pipe will follow up their 'All The Stations' adventure around Great Britain by travelling to all of the stations in Ireland and Northern Ireland. The pair have successfully raised £25,000 through crowdfunding to support their...
A free-to-download book covering overhead line electrification has been released as an "easy to read" introduction to the subject. Author Garry Keenor, an experienced OLE engineer, has spent more hours than he dares to calculate putting the 286-page study book...
In the summer of 1980, ex-British Rail guard Ian Rossiter became one of the first drivers to get behind the controls of the Tyne and Wear Metro’s then-brand-new Class 994 trains. The iconic trains’ time on the light rail system...
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Waboso to leave Network Rail

David Waboso, the managing director of Network Rail's Group Digital Railway (DR), is to retire in March. In an internal memo, chief executive Andrew Haines said David leaves DR with a "fantastic legacy" and "clear direction for delivery through CP6...
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Tyne and Wear Metro on TV

A four-part series telling the “human stories” of staff, passengers and communities of the Tyne and Wear Metro is to be filmed for ITV. Camera crews recording the behind-the-scenes documentary, which has the working title 'Metropolis', have been granted unprecedented...
Schoolchildren from Aston University Engineering Academy have been crowned the grand champions of iRail, Rail Forum Midlands' schools outreach programme. Across two heats in 2018, teams of budding engineers from 30 schools battled it out to qualify for the final,...

Ergonomics expert joins WSP

WSP has appointed a human factors specialist to support on the design development of HS2’s Old Oak Common station. Neil Winchester will work with the rail planning and operations team to apply human factors thinking at the early design stage...
Long-term employee Finbarr Dowling (Pictured above in the centre) has taken on the newly created position of localisation director for Siemens Mobility. Finbarr has worked for Siemens for almost 30 years. Previously he was the customer service director for Siemens...
From Edinburgh to London Bridge, members of the railway family helped to spread some cheer over the Christmas period with acts of kindness, special train services and festive fundraising. Following on from the success of a similar event at London...

Steele leaves rail

Network Rail's commercial and development director Matthew Steele has left the rail industry behind and moved into the utilities sector. The chartered mechanical engineer was previously the programme director at Crossrail and also the head of power, communications and cooling...
Sean Blackmore, the former major projects director at Murphy & Sons, has been made rail director at Galliford Try. Galliford Try rail and aviation managing director Chris Scoffield said that Sean will "lead the next phase of our growth in...
Investor and developer Rock Rail has strengthened its executive team with the appointment of George Bearfield to the new position of health and safety director. George joins from the RSSB where he was the director of system safety and health. Prior...
James Richards, engineering capability manager at Network Rail, encourages employers to run 'experience of industry' programmes to enable young people to gain insights into engineering careers   My role as engineering capability manager at Network Rail involves a certain amount of...
Not so long ago, in an enchanted land not so far away, a journey into a magical kingdom led to a fairytale ending for 12 men, three women and five teams. The collective band of apprentices, engineers and train staff...
Project manager Gavin Johnson talks about his experience on the race track   Regular readers will be used to finding out about the industry’s remarkable sportsmen and women. In the last six months alone, RailStaff has featured a gold medal-winning judo...
A former HS2 technical director has been recruited to assist with the development of a high-speed network in New South Wales (NSW), Australia. Professor Andrew McNaughton will lead an expert panel which will assess and advise on the most appropriate routes,...
Arriva Rail London has appointed Kate Marjoribanks as its engineering director, a brand new role at the company. Kate has nearly 25 years’ experience in the rail industry and was previously the engineering director at Chiltern Railways as well as...
Being tired was never really considered a cause of safety incidents - at best its role was underestimated. That was the view back in 2015 when RailStaff interviewed Network Rail’s lead on fatigue at a time when the organisation...
RSSB has secured funding to trial an independent service on behalf of the industry to support staff whose employment is made more challenging due to mental health problems. The trial, which is expected to run until February 2020, will deliver support...
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Diamond in the rough

Passenger Eileen Lawrence has shared her story of heartache and relief when her diamond wedding ring, which had fallen onto the track a day earlier, was found by Network Rail staff. When the ring slipped from Eileen's hand and bounced...
Eight unemployed youngsters have been offered jobs by Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) after graduating from its 'Get into Railways' programme with the Prince's Trust. HR director Andy Bindon said that seeing the youngsters with their "infectious desire to make a...

RailStaff December: Railway royalty

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Christmas work