Richard Wheldon joins Frazer Nash’s rail growth team
Richard WheldonRail consultant Richard Wheldon has been appointed rail transformation leader at Frazer- Nash.

Joining the newly formed rail growth team, he will be responsible for capability development, recruitment and line management of the team, as well as day to day delivery and supervision of rail projects. Working alongside rail business managers Tim Myall and Matthew Phillips, his challenge will be to recruit, develop and manage a significant increase in rail expertise over the next five years.

Richard, whose previous roles have included strategy advisor and head of management research at the RSSB for the railway safety research programme, has a broad range of expertise including railway risk, engineering and operations. He has been with Frazer-Nash since 2010, leading its north west based rail safety work.

He is a Chartered Engineer, and a Member of the Institution of Railway Signal Engineers.

RIA hires technical and innovation manager
Richard JonesThe Railway Industry Association (RIA) is has appointed Richard Jones to the new role of technical and innovation manager. His remit will be to increase RIA’s technical offering and work on initiatives that support innovation and collaboration in the rail industry.

Richard will work on delivering the Technical Interest Group programme and RIA’s highly regarded Unlocking Innovation Scheme events as well as participating in a range of industry forums where RIA represents the interests of its members.

Richard Jones has over 20 years’ experience in the rail industry, covering most aspects of the rail system

New South Western franchise team revealed
Andy MellorsAndy Mellors was named managing director of the new South Western franchise last month, having held a number of senior leadership roles since joining FirstGroup in 2002. He comes from the post of engineering director and deputy managing director at Great Western Railway where he has led the transformation of the GWR rolling stock fleet both through the introduction of new electric trains in the Thames Valley, and the imminent entry into service of the Intercity Express Trains.

Jacqui Dey is operations director with responsibility for the driver, resourcing, planning, performance and operational standards teams. Jacqui has previously held senior rail leadership roles, including operations and safety director at First ScotRail.

Neil Drury, who led the rolling stock planning in the successful South Western franchise bid, has been appointed as engineering director. Neil joined FirstGroup in 2004 and has had a number of roles including head of engineering at First Capital Connect.

Alan Penlington joins from Virgin Atlantic as customer experience director to lead the on-board, stations and revenue protection teams, having most recently been head of cabin crew operations and senior manager customer experience-innovation at the airline.

Joost Noordewier will be commercial and business development director. He joined FirstGroup in 2005 and led the successful bid for the TransPennine Express franchise.

Chris Cornthwaite has been appointed as finance director. He brings a wealth of experience to the franchise having previously been finance director at First Capital Connect, as well as a roles supporting franchise development within FirstGroup.

Mace strengthens northern rail team
Mike OdlingMike Odling has been appointed Head of Rail for the North, at consultancy and construction company Mace. The move follows the hire of Lisa Bowden as associate director with responsibility for the North infrastructure strategy and strategic pursuits in January.

Mike is a rail industry veteran, having worked on major projects across the UK for companies including SKM and Mott MacDonald. He joins Mace from Jacobs, where he has served as rail director since 2014. His project experience covers a wide range of major rail developments including Network Rail’s Northern Hub, and the devolution/transfer of Greater Manchester stations for Transport for Greater Manchester (TFGM).

The appointment is part of a long term strategy to expand the infrastructure business in the North of England.

UK rail projects lead to new role for Peter Jenkins
Peter JenkinsPeter Jenkins, architect director in BDP’s Manchester studio, is to assume the role of head of transport for the whole BDP Nippon Koei group. His experience with rail design and engineering projects in Manchester is to form a foundation for expansion for the international expansion of the group.

Peter has been been lead architect on a number of major rail station projects including Piccadilly and Victoria stations in Manchester, as well as the lead architect on the massive civil engineering project the Ordsall Chord. This work is now opening up rail infrastructure opportunities for BDP Nippon Koei around the world.

The company has studios across the UK, Ireland, Netherlands, the MENA region, India, and China, with opportunities emerging for more locations due to its merger with Nippon Koei in 2016.