RFEM elects new chairman
paul-francisThe Rail Forum East Midlands (RFEM) has elected Paul Francis as its new chairman. Paul is managing director of Derby based Porterbrook Leasing, and also sits on the executive of the Rail Supply Group which brings government and industry together to promote and develop the UK rail supply chain.

Paul replaces former RFEM chairman Colin Walton who has held the post for over 10 years, and has now become president of Rail Forum.

Paul has been managing director of Porterbrook Leasing Company Limited since April 2000 and was finance director for four years before that. During that period, he has grown the business significantly, helped Porterbrook to win £2bn of new train orders and managed all corporate and regulatory matters.

In addition to being council member for the Railway Supply Group, he is also a board director at the National Skills Academy for Rail, and a governor of the Derby Manufacturing University Technical College.


Rowenna Walker joins Aurecon
rowenna-walkerGlobal engineering and advisory company, Aurecon, has appointed Rowenna Walker as global service leader, rail and mass transit. She will focus on leading a global team of rail and mass transit specialists to deliver smart, efficient and future-proofed rail solutions across passenger and metro networks, light rail and freight and heavy haul rail.

Previously the executive director of sales in the rail sector (Asia Pacific) at Jacobs, Rowenna has held senior leadership roles throughout her career at companies such as SKM, RailCorp and Network Rail (UK).

“Governments around the globe are increasingly focused on the effective integration of economic policy, investment and infrastructure,” said Geoff Linke, Aurecon’s managing director, infrastructure. “We believe this requires leaders in the rail and freight industry who are innovative problem finders and problem solvers. Rowenna brings an abundance of these qualities, as well as a reputation for understanding shifts in the sector and client needs.”


Joe Carlin to oversee integration
joe-carlinJoe Carlin, Vice President international business development and operations at US-based LORAM, Maintenance of the Way Inc, has taken up the role of interim managing director of Loram UK.

The move follows Loram’s recent acquisition of Derby-based RVEL, which has been rebranded as Loram UK. Joe will oversee its integration into the US parent company.

Joe replaces Andy Lynch who built up RVEL into a strong UK brand.

Joe Carlin said: “Loram UK is committed to working with our customers, supply chain and stakeholders to deliver cost efficient railway engineering, operations and rail-head treatment services to Britain’s railway.”

Andy Houghton, Loram UK’s commercial director is to take on the role of deputy managing director and will continue to build the business, meet customer needs and drive efficiencies.

Meanwhile, Loram UK is working with an executive search firm to identify a full-time, and UK-based, managing director.

Alstom appoints a new MD for UK & Ireland
henrik-anderbergHenrik Anderberg, who has been operating as Alstom’s director for HS2, has been appointed to the new role of managing director for regional & intercity at Alstom UK & Ireland. He replaces Rob Whyte, who takes over as managing director for Alstom in the Nordics.

Henrik will also continue to be responsible for HS2. In his new role, he will oversee the ongoing maintenance of the Virgin fleet of Pendolino trains and the rollout of Alstom’s TrainScanner technology. He will also be in charge of bids for new rolling stock contracts across both conventional and high speed lines in the UK, including HS2.

Henrik has worked for Alstom since 2010 and is a former managing director of Alstom in the Nordics. Having spent over a year now in the UK working on HS2 and being part of the Alstom UK & Ireland Management Committee, he is well acquainted with Alstom operations in the UK. Henrik is also a board member of High Speed Rail Industry Leaders in the UK.


Digital railway expert returns to WSP
paul-batesWSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff has strengthened its expertise in modern signalling and train control by appointing Paul Bates as director for digital railway. The hire follows the company’s recent appointment on Network Rail’s Digital Railway’s Multi-Functional Design Framework (MFD).

In his previous role as project director on Network Rail’s Thameslink programme, Paul implemented the European Train Control System level 2 signalling system on the line. Before joining Network Rail in 2008, Paul held a number of senior leadership roles, including as director of engineering for Thales Rail Signalling Solutions, where he led the implementation of new control systems for the Jubilee Line upgrade. Paul previously worked at WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff in 2000-2001.

Paul said: “Digital rail marks the next chapter for our industry in the UK and abroad and having brought ETCS to Thameslink, I am keen to expand WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff’s reputation in this growing field.”



Alejandro Moreno to lead Midland Metro Alliance
alejandro-morenoThe Midland Metro Alliance – a team of planning, design and construction specialists building four new tram extensions over the coming decade on behalf of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) – has a new director at the helm, Alejandro Moreno.

Alejandro comes from Colas Rail where he was managing director for Scandinavia, and managing director for central Europe before that.

Prior to this he was general manager of Tranvia de Zaragoza in Spain, where he gained experience in delivering a tram network free from overhead power lines – which will be a feature of the extension now being built from Birmingham’s New Street station to Centenary Square.

“I am very excited to be leading the Metro Alliance,” Alejandro said. “I look forward to utilising my experience to ensure the Midland Metro is at the forefront of the integrated transport system the West Midlands needs to enable its ambitious plans for economic regeneration.”