East Midlands Trains recognises internal talent
Andrew Conroy has been promoted to the board of East Midlands Trains, where he will hold the post of customer experience director. Andrew has moved from the role of head of customer experience delivery, where he was responsible for delivering a high level of service to East Midlands Trains customers both at stations and on trains. He led a team of some 1000 front-line employees.
Andrew has 31 years’ experience in the rail industry, having joined British Rail as a trainee in 1985 in the north east, and worked in a variety of front line and supervisory customer service and operational roles. He held the position of customer service director and route director for Gatwick Express before moving to East Midlands Trains in 2012.
Lawrence Bowman becomes commercial director
Lawrence Bowman, who is currently head of business planning for East Midlands Trains, is to move to the position of commercial director in August this year.
Lawrence joined Stagecoach Rail in 2005 as part of the business development team. He has held various commercial and customer service roles within East Midlands Trains since the start of the franchise in 2007 before becoming head of business planning in 2007.
Andrew and Lawrence replace Neil Micklethwaite who has moved to the role of commercial director for Stagecoach Rail and will be responsible for helping to shape Stagecoach’s commercial strategy and plans.
East Midlands Trains managing director Jake Kelly said: “ I am particularly pleased that we have been able to replace Neil with two very strong internal candidates. It demonstrates our continued commitment to developing and recognising our internal talent.”
Eversholt Rail appoints Andrea Wesson as chief financial officer
Eversholt Rail has appointed Andrea Wesson as chief financial officer, effective from 20 July 2016. In this role, she will be responsible for all aspects of commercial and corporate finance, tax, legal, risk and information technology.
During her eight years with Eversholt Rail, Andrea has held various roles in the finance function, the most recent being head of treasury and risk.
Andrea began her career at Forward Trust Group, the leasing arm of Midland Bank (HSBC), and was a member of the due diligence team when the bank acquired Eversholt Leasing in 1997.
Andrea is a Chartered Accountant and a Fellow of the Association of Corporate Treasurers.
Mary Kenny, chief executive officer of Eversholt Rail, said: “Andrea has thrived at Eversholt Rail, excelling in every role she has played at the company.”
Noel Travers moves from Bombardier to Unipart Rail
Noel Travers has moved from Bombardier Transportation UK Ltd where he has been managing director and chairman UK (Interim), to join Unipart Rail. He took up the reins as Unipart Rail’s deputy managing director on 27 June, and now heads up the rail operation.
Noel reports directly to John Clayton, director Unipart Group. Meanwhile both George Tillier, managing director T&RS and Graham Jackson, managing director infrastructure and manufacturing, will report to Noel.
Both these businesses have clear strategies for growth and Noel will continue to pursue them, bringing additional contacts and opportunities to the business. The appointment will liberate John Clayton to spend time on additional group responsibilities.
Jason Wassermann to lead Network Rail Consulting’s Middle East operations
Network Rail Consulting has appointed Jason Wassermann as regional director for the Middle East. A chartered civil engineer with over 26 years’ international commercial experience, he is an international business leader with a strong record of accomplishment within both the private and public sectors.
Jason began his career at British Rail in 1990 as a civil engineering management trainee and spent a number of years as a permanent way maintenance engineer before joining Carillion in 1995. Whilst at Carillion he was director of contracts and director of resource management before joining Siemens plc in 2004 where he progressed to managing director – rail control and information business. Most recently, Jason has been the head of nuclear at Capula Limited since 2014, leading the systems integration team in delivering complex safety critical programmes across the nuclear industry.
Key account manager to unlock Mechan potential
Sheffield-based rail depot equipment specialist, Mechan, is strengthening its customer support team with the appointment of a new key account manager, Lindsey Mills from Doncaster.
In her new role at Mechan, she will project manage ongoing orders, process enquiries and attend global trade fairs. She is a familiar face within the rail industry, having spent the last 13 months at Silent Bloc in Burton-upon-Trent, makers of parts used in bogie suspension. Prior to that she spent four years at the South Yorkshire branch of Unipart Rail.
Richard Carr, Mechan’s chief executive, said: “Lindsey is a welcome addition to the team. Her familiarity with the industry will be vital in developing lasting relationships with key accounts and getting to grips with the technical aspects of our product portfolio.”