Michael Brown moves to Petrotechnics as rail expert
Michael BrownPetrotechnics has appointed Michael Brown as rail subject matter expert to support its expansion in the sector.

Michael has 18 years’ experience in the rail industry. Having worked on major infrastructure projects including London Thameslink and Crossrail, he was most recently seconded from Balfour Beatty Rail into Network Rail on their ‘planning and delivering safe work’ programme.

Operating in Europe, Michael will be responsible for the optimal configuration of Petrotechnics’ flagship solution Proscient for rail clients. His role will also be to act as a conduit between the rail industry and Petrotechnics, including developing HSEQ best practices.

“I’ve seen the UK rail industry go through many changes since privatisation,” he commented. “Joining Petrotechnics has given me a fresh perspective on the sector. The company has a wealth of experience in optimising operations and managing risk for hazardous industries. I’m delighted to take up this new post and to be driving Petrotechnics’ expansion in the rail space.”

New management board member at init AG
Matthias KuhnFollowing an internal restructuring within init AG, the supervisory board of init innovation in traffic systems AG has unanimously appointed Matthias Kühn to the management board, with effect of 1st April 2016. Init is a worldwide supplier of intelligent transportation systems and electronic ticketing systems for public transportation.

Matthias, who is 43 years of age, takes up the position of COO for the segments ticketing, vehicle hardware and service. He has been with the company for 15 years.

After completing his degree in communications engineering at the University of Karlsruhe, Matthias joined INIT GmbH as software developer in 2001 and became team leader of the mobile telematic and electronic fare collection systems division in 2006. In 2014, he was given power of attorney and assumed the management of the mobile telematic and electronic fare collection systems division. He was appointed managing director of INIT GmbH in 2015.

Chris Dulake to join Mott MacDonald
Chris DulakeChris Dulake is moving from HS2, where he is phase 1 engineering director, to Mott MacDonald. He takes up the post of major projects portfolio director in May, and will play a leading role engaging with customers and positioning Mott MacDonald for major United Kingdom and international infrastructure projects.

Chris has nearly 30 years’ experience as a civil engineer and has worked on major infrastructure projects around the world. Prior to working on HS2 he spent seven years as chief engineer on the Crossrail project. During this time he was the single point of engineering technical authority for the programme, providing technical leadership to deliver a world-class level of performance.

Mike Haigh, Mott MacDonald Group board director, said: “Chris has great insight into the priorities for clients undertaking major infrastructure projects. He will be a hugely valuable resource for our staff due to his vast experience and our clients can only benefit from his knowledge to help realise their project ambitions.”

Ex Amtrak CEO joins Network Rail Consulting’s board
Thomas DownsNetwork Rail Consulting has appointed Thomas Downs as group nonexecutive director and chair of its North American business, Network Rail Consulting Inc.

Tom has over three decades of railway experience, including most recently four years at Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority where he served as a member of the board of directors, the last two as chair.

Tom began his railway career as a White House fellow serving as an executive assistant to the US secretary of transportation. Since then, he has taken on a number of CEO roles and has been both president and chief executive of Amtrak, the United States’ national railway passenger corporation.

Nigel Ash, managing director of Network Rail Consulting, said: “ Tom’s leadership experience in the US rail market will offer a fresh perspective and serve to strengthen our position in North America. I look forward to working with him over the coming years.”

Rudie Basson to take rail and port practice lead in Africa
Rudie BassonMott MacDonald, has appointed Rudie Basson as its rail and port practice lead in Africa, where he will promote best practice and support professional excellence networks. Rudie will also assist with business development in the sectors, helping support the company’s global rail and port business initiatives and building further links with Transnet.

An experienced project manager, Rudie has over 30 years’ experience of infrastructure projects, beginning his career as a site engineer on a new coal export rail line in South Africa. He joins Mott MacDonald from Transnet where he has spent most of his career. During this time he was directly responsible for Transnet’s R340bn rail and port infrastructure expansion, including projects such as the upgrading of heavy haul rail lines for Manganese and Iron ore exports.

Rudie has spent time in the private sector where he was involved in export logistics, before returning to Transnet in 2006 to head up the port and rail investment programmes.

Graham Goswell joins Hitachi Information Control Systems Europe
Graham GoswellGraham Goswell joined Hitachi Information Control Systems Europe (HICSE) on Monday 29th February, and is now director, railway operations. Graham has a strong background in control room and operations management and he joins from Network Rail where he was the professional head of operations. Graham also represented Network Rail on a number of EU rail industry forums.

Graham is a strategic addition to the HICSE leadership team and brings a wealth of end-user experience to HICSE to inform product and service development strategy. He has worked in front-line operations functions for the last 18 years having started as a signaller in 1998, and then progressing through management and specialist roles in the Network Rail HQ team. Graham also brings considerable experience from the European rail industry, particularly around ERTMS and other technology deployments across railway operations and the application of the European TSI standards.