Mark Wild is set to become the new chief executive of Crossrail Ltd. Since June 2016, Mark has been the managing director of London Underground, a role he will return to once the Elizabeth line has opened through central London. Mark...
WSP has announced the appointment of two new deputy group directors for rail engineering services. Ex-Network Rail project manager Andrew Dodds will oversee the south and Steve Burrows, who has delivered projects in the UK, Australia and Singapore, will oversee...
Stobart Rail & Civils has made three new appointments to its senior management team in preparation for the start of CP6 in 2019. Keith Robertson, who previously worked for Carillion, joins as a senior project manager and will play a...
FirstGroup has welcomed a new cohort of graduates across its UK operations, including South Western Railway (SWR) and TransPennine Express (TPE). Eighteen graduates have been given roles within the business, with four joining SWR and three joining TPE. Following their induction...

Birmingham beginnings

Talent services business Ford & Stanley has announced its expansion in Britain’s second city, following the grand opening of its new offices in Birmingham. The company, which already has a presence in Derby and London, has worked hard behind the...
Fabrice Muamba was one of the lucky ones. On 17 March, 2012, the former footballer collapsed on the field during a match. A cardiac arrest caused the 23-year-old’s heart to stop and for 78 minutes he was clinically dead. Each...
Long-serving Hull Trains employee Louise Mendham has been appointed as its new production director. She joined the open access operator 14 years ago as operational support but has since risen through the ranks. After three years as an operational support colleague,...
Flannery Plant Hire is working to help tackle the industry's skills gap while working on HS2. The Wembley-based company currently has 30 plant operatives involved in enabling works along the route for Phase One and, in anticipation of a shortage...
Bombardier Transportation has announced that Phil Hufton, the former managing director of Network Rail for England and Wales, will become its new managing director and chair from October 1. In addition, he will also become head of projects and lead...
Hundreds of thousands of passengers pass through King’s Cross St Pancras Underground station every day. It was the busiest station on the network last year and can be a stressful place for even the most seasoned traveller. For someone with...

RailStaff: 250 issues not out

When RailStaff was launched at the tail end of the last millennium, it wasn’t just the beginning of a new age for Britain’s railways. The print media landscape was also shifting, as newspaper editors - unimpressed by the thought...
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Ex-HS2 CEO joins Nichols

Simon Kirby, the former chief executive of HS2 and chief operating officer of Rolls-Royce, has joined the Nichols Group as an associate senior advisor. In his new role, Simon will be responsible for strategic advice and will report to the...
Talyllyn Railway, a narrow gauge heritage line in Wales, has hired its first ever apprentice. Oscar Hutchinson, of Abergynolwyn, has been taken on as an apprentice permanent way technician after finishing his exams at school. He is no stranger to the...
Heathrow Express has appointed Chris Crauford, the former head of commercial planning at Heathrow Airport, as its new head of commercial. The role was formerly held by Kylie Andrews, who moves in the opposite direction to join Heathrow Airport’s digital team. Chris...

New MD for HS2 JV

Balfour Beatty VINCI (BBV) has appointed Mark Davies as the managing director for its HS2 joint venture (JV). Mark Davies will take on the role from Mark Cutler, who will leave Balfour Beatty after a short handover period. Mark Cutler...
Graeme Castle (Pictured) has replaced Russell Ward as the CEO of civil engineering group Aspin. Ward was appointed CEO of Aspin Group in March 2017, to lead the business turnaround and its restructure. He steps aside to focus on other business...
Not-for-profit organisation Transport for Wales (TfW) has appointed Alexia Course (right) as director of rail operations. Alexia joins from Network Rail where she was programme director for route change for the Wales Route. She has spent her career working in rail and has...
Campaign for Better Transport has appointed Darren Shirley as its new CEO. Darren previously led Which?’s campaigns in regulated and retail markets, and comes to the advocacy group with more than 10 years' experience in the environmental sector having working...
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GTR’s new COO

GTR has announced Steve White will take over from Nick Brown, who is retiring after four decades in the rail industry, as COO in September. Formerly of Siemens, Eurostar and Silverlink Train Services, in his most recent role at London...
A former airport CEO is set to replace Stephen Glaister as the chair of the Office of Rail and Road (ORR). Declan Collier, who recently left London City Airport, has been chosen as the preferred candidate by transport secretary Chris Grayling. The Transport Select...
Civil engineering firm Aspin has appointed Costain's former rail director Gren Edwards as its new chairman. Edwards brings with him a wealth of  experience in the rail industry. He was at Costain for seven years until December 2017 and previously spent...
The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Heritage Rail (APPGHR) wants the law changing to legally allow under 16s to volunteer on heritage railways. APPGHR describes the Employment of Women, Children and Young Persons Act 1920 as "outdated" and  "divisive" as it makes...
Ground has been broken on the site of a new £8.4 million training centre being built by Tyne and Wear Metro. Due to open next summer, the Nexus Learning Centre in South Shields will train both apprentices and existing staff,...
Margaret Thatcher's former private secretary has been appointed as an independent construction commissioner for HS2. Sir Mark Worthington, who has more than 20 years' experience working with government, will independently investigate matters that have not reached a satisfactory conclusion through HS2 Ltd’s own...

West Coast appointments

Phil Whittingham remains as the managing director for services on what was formerly known as the InterCity West Coast franchise as he...

Christmas work