Malcolm Dobell takes up strategic role

Malcolm Dobell
CPC Systems has appointed Malcolm Dobell as non executive director. Malcolm brings more than 45 years of rail industry expertise to a team that is already successful at improving the performance of operational rail systems both nationally and internationally.

Formerly head of train systems for London Underground, Malcolm has worked on the engineering of every train fleet on the LU network, and has project managed works on many of them.

In this new role, Malcolm will provide strategic support as CPC Systems moves towards becoming the ‘go-to’ technical consultancy provider for capacity and performance solutions.

He is a Chartered Engineer, and a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Malcolm said: “I am delighted to be joining CPC Systems, which has demonstrated the power of data analysis by knowledgeable engineers in driving reliability improvement. This is the future for train and signalling systems maintenance especially as trains and signalling become more integrated.”

New head of drivers for South West Trains

Tara della-hoy
South West Trains has appointed Tara Deller-Hoy as its new head of drivers to look after almost 2000 drivers across 13 depots.

Tara joins from London Overground (LOROL) where she was head of drivers covering 500 drivers over five depots. She has a long career in driver management, starting out as a train driver with Heathrow Express in 1997. She also helped design the new fleet of trains on Crossrail in 2015.

Tara said: “This is a really exciting time to be joining South West Trains. With the new fleet of Class 707 trains coming in during 2017 it’s important that our team of drivers are ready and prepared. I started out as a driver in 1997 and have also got experience of developing the designs for a new fleet of trains at Crossrail, which I think will be a great help as we prepare for the future.”

Engineering appointment at Abellio Greater Anglia

Colin Dobson

Chartered Aeronautical Engineer, Colin Dobson, has been appointed engineering director at Abellio Greater Anglia to oversee the maintenance and professional engineering activities of the teams responsible for the safe and efficient operation of the company’s fleet of trains.

Colin will head up a team of 500 staff and continue to develop their working relationship with other departments and organisations, including Network Rail, to identify smarter ways of conducting the business and delivering continuous improvements to the train service.

Colin spent 15 years in various senior positions at British Airways, including corporate and airline operations, aircrew management, engineering and design, and commercial and strategic business development.

He has held positions across many industry sectors and more recently was head of programme at Virgin Atlantic Airways, accountable for the delivery of their first Boeing 787-9 aircraft.

Mike Grimsey moves to GHD

Mike Grimsey
Mike Grimsey, who previously led the rail team at the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL), has taken up the position of technical leader for rail transportation at GHD, an independent research and consulting company specialising in engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services.

Mike has worked in the industry for more than 30 years in technical and management leadership roles spanning evidence-based research, planning, design and construction.

“This is a really exciting time to be in the rail industry,” says Mike, “with new technologies and increased customer expectations driving change across the sector. GHD is well positioned to help clients adapt with services ranging from transport planning and strategy to design, assurance, infrastructure and systems engineering.”

Mike’s focus will be to maintain high standards for technical delivery, and to drive technologyfocused collaborations with the company’s partners in industry and research organisations.

Tube upgrade chief to spearhead digital railway

David Waboso
David Waboso, capital programmes director at London Underground, is to join Network Rail as managing director, Digital Railway, with a probable start date of June. He replaces Jerry England who is retiring.

David has decades of experience in leading major infrastructure projects both in the UK and abroad. In his current role at London Underground, he has been responsible for leading the £1.5bn annual tube upgrade programme.

In his new role he will lead Network Rail’s Digital Railway Programme – a cross-industry programme to boost network capacity using digital signalling and train control technologies. David’s experience at London Underground, where he has led the upgrade of both trains and infrastructure to digital technology, will be hugely valuable as Network Rail rolls out similar technologies across Britain’s rail network.

Prior to joining LU in 2005, David was executive director at the Strategic Rail Authority. Before that, he played a key role in the Thameslink Programme, Jubilee Line extension and Docklands Light Railway while working at Bechtel and Nichols.

New MD named for London Underground
The former leader of the public transport network in the Australian state of Victoria, Mark Wild, has been named as the new managing director of London Underground, and will be taking over from interim MD, Nick Brown.

Mark will join Transport for London (TfL) in June, leaving his current role as special advisor to the Minister and Secretary of The State Government of Victoria. Until recently he was the chief executive of Public Transport Victoria, the integrated transport authority based in Melbourne serving a population of some 6m people.

His career includes running the world’s biggest tram network and large suburban railway and bus services. He has also successfully managed large capital and maintenance programmes, vastly improved customer satisfaction and implemented a complex new ticketing system. In the past he has worked on a number of major projects in London, including the introduction of modern signalling on the Jubilee and Victoria lines.