An experienced railway engineer, Tom has contributed to the development of the content and the framework of railway standards and regulatory systems both in Great Britain and Europe. Since joining RSSB in 2002 he has held a number of roles, and has been acting Director of Standards since May 2016.
Tom is a UK Chartered Engineer (CEng), a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (FIET) and a Fellow of the Institution of Railway Signal Engineers (FIRSE).
RSSB chief executive Mark Phillips said: “I am delighted we can confirm the permanent appointment of Tom to Director of Standards. He has a long and distinguished career as a signalling specialist and has detailed knowledge of relevant national and European legislation, including Interoperability Directives and Technical Specifications for Interoperability. He is a dedicated advocate of the positive role standards can play in creating an effective, safe framework which supports the industry.”
SilverRail makes strategic appointments
From mid-May 2017, Thomas Drexler joined Silver Rail, taking up the role of VP of rail strategy. He will be responsible for European Carrier strategy and business development.
Drexler has extensive experience in the rail sector, having spent the last six years leading the Rail and Ground Transportation business for Amadeus where he was the primary leadership force for revenue growth throughout Europe and Asia Pacific. Prior to this he was with Deutsche Bahn AG for eight years, as VP of sales and distribution.
Will Phillipson, SilverRail’s co-founder and President says: “We are delighted to have Thomas on board to help us drive our activity in Europe. He has been a very visible champion of rail and proponent of change for many years. He brings huge insight, experience and energy to the cause.”
James Hammett becomes MD of UKTram
UKTram has confirmed that James Hammett has moved from the post of general manager which he has held for the past four years to take up the role of managing director. He will be taking over from Colin Robey who formally stepped down after the industry body’s recent board meeting. James will bring extensive knowledge and experience in the tram and light rail industry to his new position and will play a key role in developing and growing the organisation further.
Colin is to continue to chair the Guidance, Standards, Safety & Assurance Group and will remain as a director of UKTram.
The organisation’s chairman, Geoff Inskip, said: “We look forward to the success of both James and Colin’s revised positions within UKTram and I am personally very hopeful and excited for our next chapter.”
Capita’s Joseph Infante joins CPC
Joseph Infante has become a partner at CPC to support the company’s growing Transport & Infrastructure division. To be based at the London head office, he will focus on expanding commercial management and project management services in the rail sector, both in the UK and internationally.
Joseph has over 40 years’ experience in the construction industry, starting as a graduate engineer. He worked in the energy and infrastructure industries but joins from Capita, where he spent 23 years including as divisional director, managing the infrastructure business and leading the rail sector.
Steve Mole, CPC managing partner said: “Joseph has a wealth of experiencein delivering transport and infrastructure projects and is an important addition to our team. He is at the forefront of innovations in transport oriented developments, and with our existing experience in delivering complex rail projects will provide a highly valued service for developers and rail asset owners.”
With over 30 years’ experience in the rail industry, John has held leadership roles on large multi-disciplinary projects including High Speed 1, London Underground track renewals delivery, Crossrailand Heathrow Airport. He is a fellow at the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Association of Project Managers, the Charted Institution of Highways and Transportation, Permanent Way Institution and the Institute of Directors.
Earlier in his career he joined Sir Alexander Gibb & Partners, and worked on designing the Channel Tunnel Rail Link and developed the GIBB Rail business.
In 2001 he co-founded Collinson Dutton Limited, a rail consultancy that provided services to clients in the UK, Australia and New Zealand in areas including rail engineering, asset management, project and change management, and transport strategy and planning.
Trainline: new head of carrier development
Trainline, Europe’s leading independent train ticket retailer and train travel app, has announced that Klaus Kreher has been appointed head of carrier development with responsibility for growing the company’s global network of rail carriers. In this newly created role, he will report directly to business development director Ian Chaplin and will be tasked with building relationships with rail companies across the globe
Kreher joins Trainline from Travelport, a global provider of travel distribution systems, where he most recently held the role of commercial director for rail with responsibility for devising and delivering the commercial growth strategy and key account management for railway operators and suppliers in Europe, America and Asia. During his ten-year tenure in the role, he created new partnerships with more than 40 train operating companies in Europe, Asia and America.