Railway Division: How we are governed

The Railway Industries Division is governed by the Rail Division Board and has seven well-established regional centres in the UK and each of these runs its own events programme.

Our regional centres in the UK are:

Railway Division is developing its presence internationally, beginning with India:

Contact the relevant Centre Secretary from the list above, if you would like to receive information on the Railway Division activities taking place in your region. You will need to have your membership number to hand. 

Annual General Meeting 2018

The annual refresh of the Railway Division Board is approaching and there are four vacancies for Ordinary Members.  These vacancies are for three years and any Corporate Member can be proposed.  

For full details and to download a nomination form please see the Railway Division Annual General Meeting Notice 2018.

Railway Division Board

Richard McClean CENG FIMechE - Chair

Richard McClean

Managing Director, Grand Central
Richard joined the railway industry as an Engineering Management Trainee in 1982, working in various parts of the network, mainly in the London area. He spent 18 months acting as Personal Assistant to the Chairman of the British Railways Board at the time of Railtrack’s vesting. Richard joined GNER in 1998, as Production Director, having previously been Production Director on LTS Rail.

Richard then performed the role of Development Director including leading on Franchise Bids and delivering GNER’s major Franchise investment commitment projects, including rolling stock/station remodelling schemes.

In December 2007, Richard became the Production Director of National Express East Coast, leading the transformation of operational performance for the business and the continued development of its timetable and fleet.

Immediately prior to joining DB Regio UK in February 2010, Richard was the National Express Project Director for the Intercity Express Programme with responsibility for ensuring that these DfT procured trains entered service successfully without impact on the East Coast Franchise.

Richard was Chairman of ATOC’s Engineering Council a cross industry body looking at all aspects of railway rolling stock activity.

Since 1st April 2010, Richard has been Managing Director of DB Regio Tyne and Wear who operate Metro trains and stations on behalf of Nexus under a Concession Agreement. In this role Richard has been responsible for the launch of the new Concession and the ongoing deliver of all services to passengers on the Metro network.

In February 2012, Richard took up the role of Managing Director of Arriva’s Grand Central open access operator.

Richard was recently seconded to the role of Arriva’s Mobilisation Director preparing for the commencement of the new Northern Franchise but has now returned to Grand Central following the successful completion of that project.

Richard is married with two children.

Andrew Mellors CEng FIMechE ACGI - Deputy Chair

Andrew Mellors

Engineering Director, Great Western Railway

Andy joined the rail industry straight from school and was sponsored by British Rail for the completion of his Mechanical Engineering degree at Imperial College, University of London.

After graduation, he worked for Intercity West Coast, initially at Willesden Depot in North West London prior to becoming a Shift Production Manager at Wembley.

He then moved to Merseyrail Electrics in 1995, a newly established Train Operating Unit set up in advance of franchising in 1997. During that time he held a number of commercial and production roles in fleet management and was appointed Production Director in 1998 with responsibility for fleet engineering and train operations.

Andy joined FirstGroup in 2002, holding the posts of Engineering Director at both First North Western and First Scotrail before moving to First Great Western (now Great Western Railway) in 2007. In addition to the day-to-day management of a fleet of almost 1,000 vehicles, his responsibility now includes delivering the biggest transformation of Great Western rolling stock fleet for more than a generation, with the introduction of new Hitachi Intercity Express Trains from late 2017 as well as the deployment of new Bombardier Electrostar trains as the Thames Valley electrification progresses. Andy is also Deputy Managing Director of GWR.

He was appointed a Railway Division Board member in 2011 and became a committee member of the South West Centre of the Railway Division in 2012, then becoming Centre Chairman in 2015. He has recently co-chaired a seminar on high speed rail technologies.

James Collinson - Vice Chair

James Collinson

Managing Director, Network Certification Body
James graduated from Sheffield University in 1992 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and joined British Rail as a Graduate Engineering Management Trainee. For the next eight years he spent most of his time at train maintenance depots in largely engineering management roles, such as Shift Production Manager, Contracts Manager and towards the end of this period, Depot Manager at Leeds Neville Hill Train Care Depot. James left Neville Hill in September 2000 to join Railtrack, moving from Leeds to Peterborough to start his career in the infrastructure side of the industry.

He spent the next 10 years in various roles with Railtrack (which later became Network Rail), growing his knowledge of infrastructure asset management, but never moving too far away from his Traction and Rolling Stock roots. Working with Infrastructure and Rail Vehicle engineers and operations teams gave him the ‘system’ approach to engineering that he has today.

James now leads the Network Rail subsidiary business, the Network Certification Body (NCB), as the Managing Director, providing independent engineering certification services to both infrastructure and rail vehicle projects, which brings together the two parts of his engineering career in the rail industry.

The IMechE Rail Division has been a big influence in James' career, from attending his first Young Members Rail Conference to sitting down for his Fellowship review panel.

James is an IMechE Mentor and has enjoyed helping a number of engineers become Incorporated or Chartered over the last 15 years.

He did his first presentation at a Rail Division conference in 2006, the annual Young Members Conference, and in 2009 he decided to give something back to the institution by becoming the Chairman of the Rail Division Seminars and Conferences organising committee. After three years' tenure he handed over to someone fresh but still continues to arrange events, including activities at the new Milton Keynes Centre.

Graham Neil CEng FIMechE FIET - Vice Chair and Co-Chair Events

Head of Rolling Stock Engineering , London Underground.

Graham NeilGraham joined the railway industry straight from school as a rolling stock apprentice with London Underground. He finished his 4-year apprenticeship in 1975 winning London Underground’s Agnew Trophy - Apprentice of the Year Award.

He spent the next five years in LU’s Acton Works carrying out maintenance, modifications, diagnosis and repairs to electronic equipment used on LU rolling stock before moving to the rolling stock design division as an Auxiliary Equipment Engineer furthering his interest in rolling stock electronic systems.

During this time he became the specialist engineer responsible for all issues related to on-train electrical components, communications systems, train monitoring systems and existing ATO systems.

He then expanded his engineering experience when he became Head of the Electronic Development Section working at the forefront of rolling stock technology in the development of new electronic systems and specialist maintenance tools and test equipment.  He was also responsible for writing and developing new standards for electronic equipment and was an active member of various RIA Technical Specification committees (RIA 12, RIA 13, RIA 18, RIA 21 and RIA23/24).

Following an internal re-organisation in 1989 he become Client Engineer (Standards) responsible for developing a suite of performance based rolling stock standards covering all aspects of rolling stock design.  During this period he was also tasked with providing assurance directly to the Chief Rolling Stock Engineer for the introduction of the new Central Line 1992 Tube Stock trains – and thereby began his career as a New Stock Engineer.  This role broadened his knowledge of rolling stock design to cover a wider range of topics whilst working very closely within the delivery team but remaining independent enough to act as the Chief Engineer’s representative. 

This role continued into the mid-1990s with the introduction of the new fleet of 1996TS trains built for the Jubilee Line Extension and Graham was responsible for the development of the risk based staged assurance process used to introduce that fleet.  Around this time all London Underground engineering departments were amalgamated into delivery groups in one location and he became a team coordinator in the Trains Delivery Group responsible for a team of 33 specialist engineers located all over London. Later he inherited a small team of engineers specialising in noise and vibration management and in automated visual inspection – a system developed by London Underground to dynamically inspect track condition using high speed video at full line speed. By this time his New Stock Engineer role had expanded to include the new 1995TS trains being leased for the Northern Line under a PFI deal.

In 1998 with the Northern Line 1995TS delivery just beginning, with five trains delivered and operating in trial operations, he took over the role of the project engineer.  The trains were in their early delivery phase and it fell to Graham to develop and implement a reliability growth plan working closely with the train builder/maintainer Alstom and their subsystem suppliers to drive up the reliability of the fleet as quickly as possible.

With the delivery of the 1995TS almost complete and the reliability of the fleet approaching acceptable levels came the privatisation of the London Underground – The PPP Contract.  As Graham was still with the Northern Line Project he became the Chief Rolling Stock Engineer for InfraCo JNP.  However this was very short lived as he very quickly moved into the London Underground Chief Engineers Department to become the Control Systems Engineer responsible in part for the introduction of ATO on the Central Line 1992TS and as lead systems engineer for all rolling stock depots.

In 2004 Graham became the Chief Rolling Stock Engineer (now Head of Rolling Stock Engineering) with a small team of engineers responsible for assuring the safety of all trains on the London Underground as well as briefing the Board on all matters related to rolling stock, approval of new and modified trains, setting of standards for rolling stock, audit of compliance to statutory regulations and standards and for research and development associated with rolling stock. As part of this role he is the London Underground representative on the UITP Metros Division Rolling Stock Subcommittee involved in sharing of information, knowledge and experience between metros all over the world.

In 2006 Graham became a Chartered Engineer (CEng) through the Mature Candidate Scheme and a Fellow member of the IET.  He continued his professional development by also becoming a Fellow member of the IMechE in 2009 and a member of the Railway Division Board.

He is currently a member of the IMechE Seminars and Conferences Committee, IMechE Skills Task Force, IMechE Steering group (Training) and the HQ Lectures Committee.  Graham is also a member of the IET Railway TPN /Exec Committee and various NSAR steering groups providing useful links between the IMechE and these other railway organisations.

Andrew Skinner CENG MIMechE CMILT - Vice Chair

Head of Engineering, Great Western Railway.

Andrew SkinnerAndrew joined the rail industry straight from school and was sponsored as an undergraduate by the British Railways Board for a Mechanical Engineering degree at Brunel University.

Having spent time in the heavy engineering workshops in Doncaster and York as part of the sponsored student scheme, he had an initial placement in the Technical Office at Wembley Intercity Depot maintaining the West Coast passenger rolling stock.

Andrew then moved to South Wales and joined the Technical Office at Cardiff Canton locomotive depot and was responsible for performance data, modifications and carried out fault finding. During this time, he also deputised for the Production Managers leading the shift maintenance teams.

His association with South Wales continued when he moved west to become the Area Traction & Rolling Stock Engineer at Margam responsible for the locomotive depot, wagon repair shops and rolling stock technicians carrying out pre departure freight train examinations. Here he gained the first combined BS Quality award for all three activities on BR. He started a commercial interest whilst at Margam having responsibility for the maintenance of British Steel wagons under contract. It was also this role which opened up his interest in the industrial railway history of South Wales and the industrial production and logistics involved in the railfreight markets.

His Depot Management experience was further expanded through a move to the West Midlands running Bescot locomotive depot and Chester Wagon shops for a couple of years.

With the privatisation of British Rail, Andrew moved back to Cardiff Canton as the Depot Manager with the depot’s activities expanding to now carry out wagon and rolling stock overhauls including the travelling Post Office vehicles.

To further his commercial skills, Andrew then took a sideways move into the freight commercial team as an Account Manager for the sales of infrastructure trains to service Railtrack’s track maintenance and renewals programmes.

An opportunity then arose for a Project Manager with experience of Depot Management, rolling stock technical knowledge and commercial skills to join Great Western Trains. Andrew was successful and initially managed an £18M upgrade to the High Speed Train fleet. He has continued in various engineering roles including Fleet Engineering Manager, Fleet Manager with responsibility for four major depots and around 600 staff to his current role as Head of Engineering for the Great Western Railway. His responsibilities have broadened over time and he now manages fleet technical which covers one of the most diverse range of TOC T&RS in the UK including HST, DMU, EMU, locomotives and carriages. He also manages materials technical, performance data, technical standards and occupational safety. His team are also responsible for operation of the ISO certified engineering integrated management system covering quality, safety, environmental and energy management.

Andrew’s involvement with IMechE activities began in the early 1990s as a committee member of the Railway Division South Western Centre, he went on to Chair the Centre for three years and is currently the Treasurer.

Following his Centre Chairmanship, Andrew continued as an Ordinary Board Member of the Railway Division at HQ which he continues to do. He currently has special responsibility for The Railway Engineers Forum.


Michael Corbett CEng FIMechE

mike corbett_rail_nominee_resizedOwner and Director of JMRC Associates Limited
Mike graduated from Salford University and undertook post graduate  studies at Aston University, before joining British Rail as a Graduate  Engineering Management Trainee.

His early career was spent in both depots and technical offices in  Derby and London engaged primarily on traction and rolling stock,  electrification and plant service reliability but also including  management experience.

Mike then moved to Lincoln as Area Maintenance Engineer followed  by Area Maintenance Engineer Norwich with increased management  responsibility for all staff engaged on traction and rolling stock, plant  and machinery operation, maintenance and increasing multi-million  cost centre budgets. This included the opening of Crown Point Depot,  Norwich and new Sprinter fleet introduction.

He then moved to  manage the British Rail Level 5 Group’s rolling  stock profit centre overhaul depot at Chart Leacon, Ashford. This was  followed by management of British Rail Maintenance Limited, Wolverton Works, Milton Keynes, a rolling stock and component overhaul profit centre business, and subsequently, was Director, Wolverton Rail Maintenance Limited.

Following short term secondments to British Rail’s Freightliner (1995) Limited as Fleet Engineer and to the consultancy Halcrow Transmark to review Railtrack’s traction and rolling stock safety case and engineering management, Mike joined Atkins Rail Limited as a Senior Consultant, and subsequently, Regional Rolling Stock Director, London which included leadership and development of rail vehicle turnkey projects including the mandatory Drivers Reminder Appliance.

This led to his unique appointment as Project Director to the Joint Rolling Stock Leasing Companies Working Group for the regulated Train Protection and Warning System implementation on all the leasing companies’ rolling stock fleets. Mike furthered his project management experience at the rail vehicle leasing company Angel Trains Ltd including the fitment of the On Train Monitor Recorder for the company’s fleet.

Mike is now owner and Director of JMRC Associates Limited and currently supports the strategic Fleet Challenge Steering Group at the Rail Delivery Group. He has also recently completed the project management of the final restoration of the steam locomotive Flying Scotsman on behalf of the National Railway Museum (Science Museum Group).

Mike has had over thirty five years involvement with IMechE activities commencing as a committee member of the newly formed Railway Division South East Centre, which he went on to serve as Secretary and then Centre Chair for three years.

He was a long serving member of the Railway Division Lectures, Conference and Seminars Committee, and, following the re-configuration of the committee structure, served on the Conference and Seminars Committee including three years as Chair.

He has chaired a number Railway Division conferences and seminars and presented papers. He remains actively involved now as an inaugural member of the Railway Division Milton Keynes Centre and has recently presented to centres on the Flying Scotsman project.

Mike is an IMechE mentor and has mentored a number of engineers to chartered status. 

David Clarke**

Zena Dent MEng CEng MIMechE

Zena Dent

Projects and Technical Director, Porterbrook 
Zena joined the rail industry whilst studying for a degree in Engineering Economics and Management at Oxford University and was sponsored by British Rail for the final stages of her degree.

On graduation Zena joined British Rail as an Engineering Management Trainee, with various roles in the maintenance of rolling stock in the North East.

She then moved to SNC Lavalin to work within (and latterly led) the rolling stock maintenance consultancy team. During this time she led projects to develop maintenance programmes for new trains, improve the reliability, availability and cost of older fleets, working with clients to procure new vehicles and new maintenance contracts. This role also enabled Zena to work on international rail projects including Australia and Denmark.

Zena then moved to Eversholt Rail where her role focused on the procurement and project management of new rolling stock. This included working with DfT to evaluate, negotiate and procure the ‘Javalin’ fleet of high speed trains with Hitachi. Later, having procured a fleet of Desiro train from Siemens for Scotland, she went on to project manage the design, build, test, approval and delivery of this fleet, which had significant technical challenges as the first ‘fly by wire’ train for the UK.

Other projects have included procurement of ETCS for fitment to existing fleets and management of significant vehicle upgrade programmes (fitment of new traction systems, new interiors including air conditioning, modifications to support passengers of reduced mobility). She has procured and managed other new trains from Hitachi (AT300) and Bombardier (Electrostar).

Zena is currently Projects and Technical Director for Porterbrook.

She maintains an active involvement with the IMechE and other industry bodies, sponsoring Porterbrook’s IMechE MDPS training scheme for engineering graduates, mentoring engineering graduates and for Women in Rail, developing the role of engineering higher apprenticeships within Porterbrook and supporting initiatives to promote engineering within schools. She has been a member of Railway Division Board for 2 years and is a member of the Lectures Committee.

Mark Hicks

Mark HicksTechnical Services Director at Angel Trains
Mark Hicks joined Angel Trains in 2001 as Head of New Build Projects responsible for delivering new build projects for UK and international divisions. In 2009 he took on the role of Technical Services Director and was appointed to the Board in March 2011.

Since joining the railway industry in 1983 he has held significant posts in the industry in many sectors, which has provided him with a wealth of knowledge, experience and expertise in key areas of the industry.

Mike Hulme CEng FIMechE

Mike HulmeManaging Director of Trains and Modernisation, Alstom Transport UK
Mike is responsible for the delivery of the technical, industrial and project solutions for all new Rolling Stock and Modernisation Projects supporting train operators and leasing companies.  Prior to this role Mike was Transport UK Service Vice President (2011-15), responsible for three business streams incorporating Full Service Provision, Rolling Stock Modernisation, and Parts Supply  incorporating Technical Support.

Mike Chairs the North West Rail Industry Leaders Group focused on promoting the NW rail industry, development of its skill’s base and campaigning for an improved interconnected travel experience across the region.  He is also a member of RSSB Innovation Board

From leaving school in 1985, Mike was sponsored through University by British Nuclear Fuels (BNFL) Sellafield, and subsequently held various engineering and operational roles within the Sellafield Site.  Prior to leaving the nuclear industry in 2001, his last position was Head of Engineering for Calder Hall Power Station.

In October 2001, Mike joined Alstom, initially as Validation Manager, Preston Transit. Since then he has held various senior positions in UK Transport Service, including Supply Chain Director West Coast Main Line, Engineering and Tender Director, and latterly Vice President.

Mike was educated at Durham University where he achieved a 1st class degree in Engineering Science & Management. He is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Mick James**

Mick JamesProfessional Head of Plant at RSSB
Mick is a career railwayman, starting as a craft apprentice on the Western Region.

He was a HST Engineer at Laira Depot, Technical Engineer for First Great Western and is now Professional Head of Plant at RSSB (and currently also acting Professional Head of Rolling Stock).

He is a Fellow of the Institution and has been chairman of the South Western Centre of the Railway Division, where he is now the Centre Secretary.

He has been an elected RD Board member for the past three years.

Felix Schmid Dipl El Ing ETH PhD FIMechE FIRSE

Felix SchmidUniversity of Birmingham
Felix Schmid was born in Zürich, Switzerland. Although his baccalaureate had been language oriented, he studied electrical engineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zürich, specialising in power and control engineering.

After graduation, he worked for two years as a software analyst in Switzerland, saving small quantities of a then very expensive commodity, bytes of RAM and ROM. Moving to Britain, he changed discipline and joined GEC Traction of Manchester as a locomotive control engineer.

In 1982, Felix left GEC for UMIST as a research assistant in the area of very low current electronics.

From there, he moved to the University of Salford, where he worked as a research associate, designing machine tools for metal forming.

In 1985, he was appointed to a lectureship at Brunel University, in control engineering and computer integrated manufacturing. This led to renewed contacts with the railway industry, this time as a tutor for students sponsored by British Rail.

In 1993, he was seconded to the Swiss Federal Office of Transport, as a railway inspector with special responsibility for introducing computer controlled interlocking systems to ‘private’ railways in the francophone part of the country. During this period he also wrote up his doctoral thesis, on education for advanced technology.

The secondment to the railway inspectorate led to a position with the Advanced Railway Research at the University of Sheffield, where Felix and colleagues from the universities of Birmingham and Loughborough and Imperial College created the MSc programme in Railway Systems Engineering in autumn 1995.

Felix also started his own railway related research activities, in the areas of condition monitoring and railway control systems. In 2005, the University of Birmingham and the University of Sheffield agreed to transfer the MSc programme and the associated research to the recently formed Rail Research UK group, based at Birmingham.

The MSc programme and Felix’ research benefited greatly from the integration into one of the largest railway research groups in Europe, with a very strong focus on systems thinking and system integration. The student numbers on the MSc quickly doubled to an annual intake of 45 postgraduates and industry interest in short courses grew rapidly.

The Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE) today numbers some 15 active academics, supported by 20 research fellows and 60 doctoral students. Felix is the Education Director of the BCRRE and supervises research on railway capacity, systems engineering, human factors and railway control.

Since September 2013, the Centre also offers the MSc programme in Railway Risk and Safety Management that is sponsored by the Lloyd’s Register Foundation and is delivered at Zhejiang University in China and in Birmingham.

Rebeka Sellick MEng CEng FIMechE FIET

Rebeka SellickHead of Research, Interfleet Technology
Rebeka has spent nearly 30 years as a railway engineer and is an active member of the Railway Division. She puts seminars together, chairs conferences (eg Stephenson Conference in April 2015), gives papers (including the Sir Seymour Biscoe Tritton lecture).

She has experience working across GB Railways, eg operator, Rosco, consultancy, representative body. As well as throughout the railway product cycle, eg R&D to implementation, asset management & maintenance optimisation.

She is skilled at thinking clearly and offering constructive input, has a record of developing collective positions and putting cross-industry projects together and is good at delivering on promises.

She says she is now able to commit more time to the Institution again, now that her daughter has turned eight, and is already keen to be an engineer.

Noel Travers

Noel TraversDirector of Westley Associates
After leaving Bombardier Transportation in February 2016, Noel set up his own consultancy business, providing Interim Executive support to the rail sector. Whilst this new business is in its infancy, Noel has already contributed to a major project through undertaking the role of Independent Chairman for a Compatibility Forum.

Noel joined Bombardier Transportation in 2008 as Sales Director for the Passengers Division in the UK, then added South Africa into his responsibility in 2011. In 2013 Noel moved in to the Project Management function as VP Project Management, taking full P&L responsibility for all Electrostar new build projects. At the start of 2014, Noel added P&L responsibility for all Electrostar maintenance contracts into his Portfolio. In June 2014 Noel was asked to take over the role as Head of Project Management and Managing Director UK, responsible for the UK manufacturing and services business, excluding Crossrail and LU projects. 

Noel joined Bombardier Transportation from the Royal Bank of Scotland, where he was Senior Director, Transport and Infrastructure, in its Structured Asset Finance business. In this role, Noel was responsible for all “non-RoSCo” rail asset financing internationally. Prior to RBS, Noel was a Vice President at GATX Capital Corporation, where he was responsible for business development in the European market, and also for managing GATX Capital’s existing portfolio of European rail investments. Before joining GATX Capital, Noel held various engineering and management posts in the pre and post privatisation British Rail.

Noel is a Chartered Engineer, and Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, and holds a BEng in Mechanical Engineering from Loughborough University and a MSc in Rail Systems Engineering from the University of Sheffield. 

Craig Young IEng MIMechE

Craig YoungProject, Planning and Resource Manager at Network Rail
Craig is a mechanical engineer with over ten year's experience in the UK railway industry.

He accumulated six years' design and project engineering skills while working within Network Rails (NR) Traction and Rolling Stock (T&RS) Engineering department. He is currently the Project, Planning and Resource Manager for the Network Certification Body, covering assessment activities against RGS, TSIs, NNTRs and CSM for infrastructure and rail vehicle projects.

Craig has been an active member of the Institution's Railway Division for eight years, and chaired the Young Members committee for three years. He currently sits on the Milton Keynes Centre Committee, Prize Committee, Skills shortage Committee, and Railways Division Board.

Sub-committee Chairs 

Iain Flynn - Co-Chair Events

John Reddyhoff - Skills Task Force

Emil Tschepp - Young Members

Amanda White - Railway Luncheon

Amanda WhiteHead of Rail, Transport for Greater Manchester
Amanda joined the railway industry in 2003 as a trainee electrification and plant (E&P) engineer for Network Rail in York.

After three years training Amanda moved into the maintenance team in Doncaster as E&P system support engineer.

A year later Amanda completed her part time MSc in Railway Systems Engineering and took a role in Network Rail’s London office as scheme design specialist, specifying engineering requirements for major enhancements projects such as the Tram Train Pilot.

In 2010 Amanda joined HS2 Ltd as Senior Route Engineer North West to lead the design of a new railway between Birmingham and Manchester. 

Amanda was responsible for managing the design and selection of the 150km railway from inception to public consultation.

Leading a large team of engineers, environmental specialist and design consultants, she ensured that the design was technically compliant whilst considering the requirements for a sustainable, minimum impact railway.

Amanda was key to decision-making and external engagement throughout the development process. She led presentations of route options and rationale to senior decision makers, including HS2 Executive Board and the Secretary of State for Transport.

Amanda was always passionate about engagement with stakeholders such as Local Authorities, Statutory Bodies and major business owners. She represented HS2 Ltd in discussions with members of the public, parish councils, action groups and MP’s during the 12 month consultation. She was also represented HS2 in media and industry interviews. 

At HS2, Amanda took pride in representing the company in business engagements and wider industry events. She’s passionate about railway engineering and inspiring young engineers to join the industry.

She has been a volunteer, supporting the IMechE Railway Division activities for almost ten years. She initially joined the organising committee for the Annual Railway Seminar, before taking the chair of the Seminar and Conference Committee in 2013 and 2014.

Amanda is passionate about delivering valuable and relevant learning to IMechE Members and assisted is providing consistency and a successful programme of events during the recent institution restructure. 

Amanda joined Transport for Greater Manchester on 1st December 2014 as the Head of Rail, where she is now responsible for working with railway operators on daily service performance and franchises in Greater Manchester.

She is also a key partner in Rail North and Transport for North developing strategies for future rail growth.

Centre Chairs

Pradeep Agrawal - Lucknow

Rachel Turner - Midlands

Rory Dickerson - Milton Keynes

Andrew Millner - North Eastern

Matthew Hack - North Western

Tim Poole - South Eastern

Past Chairs

Richard East

Richard EastChair 2016 - 2017
Chief Engineer, Atkins

Richard joined the rail industry straight from school and was sponsored by British Rail for the completion of his Mechanical Engineering degree at Birmingham University. 
He spent a couple of years in Scotland working on the operation and maintenance of their fleet of trains and then moved down to Derby to follow his interest in the technical aspects of trains.   This resulted in him being for a number of years the specialist engineer responsible for all issues associated with disc brakes on railway vehicles.  

He expanded his project engineering expertise by moving to Network South East business sector and was fully responsible for such projects as the environmental testing of class 465 EMUs at Vienna and the installation of Automatic Train Protection and other safety systems to the class 165 DMU fleet. 

His project management expertise developed through him managing all the engineering issues associated with procuring and introducing the first passenger EMU after rail privatisation, the class 365/5 dual voltage Networker Express. 

This period coincided with a transfer to Atkins which further broadened the opportunities for his project management skills across the whole rail system including managing design improvements to a busy London Underground station which included a number of heritage features.  

He has recently produced the technical description detailing the fleet options for the InterCity Express Programme, which has currently led to orders for 866 vehicles for both Great Western and East Coast routes.

Richard also spent two years working in Denmark on their ERTMS installation project where the whole country is to be fitted with a Level 2 ERTMS system.

He became involved with the Midlands Centre of the Railway Division as Secretary and Treasurer in 1987 and participated in a number of summer technical visits to broaden his knowledge and understanding of European rail systems. 

He expanded his interest in the Railway Division by joining the Board and chaired a number of seminars on sustainability in the rail industry.  He later became a Vice-Chairman with special responsibility for Communications and Railway Engineers Forum and has recently been awarded the Eur Ing qualification.

Christopher Kinchin-Smith

Chair 2015 - 2016

Chris Kinchin-Smith has been Managing Director of KS Transport Consultants Ltd since 2004.  His principal fee-earning work at present is as Project Director for the UK’s Long Term Passenger Rolling Stock Strategy.  This is published annually by a pan-industry group comprising rolling stock owners, train operators, Network Rail and the Rail Delivery Group.  He has undertaken a wide variety of railway-related consultancy assignments in the UK and overseas, both with his own company and previously with Booz Allen Hamilton in 1996 to 2001.

He joined British Rail in 1968 as an Engineering Scholarship student, and was sponsored through Nottingham University (BSc Mechanical Engineering, 1st Class Honours, 1968 to 1971).  Following a 15-month period with Voluntary Service Overseas teaching mechanical engineering to technicians in the Eastern province of Sri Lanka, he resumed his career with British Rail and progressed into increasingly senior roles in fleet maintenance management, with the then new fleets of InterCity 125 high speed trains, and with diesel and electric multiple-unit trains.  In 1989 he moved into strategic planning and general management with British Rail’s Network SouthEast business unit.  He was an Executive Director (responsible for the long distance routes and for operational performance) of the Strategic Rail Authority in 2001 to 2002, and has twice been a train operating company Managing Director, most recently with First Great Western in 2002 to 2004.  

He has been a committee member of the IMechE Railway Division’s (RD) SW Centre since 2005, becoming its Chairman for a three year period commencing in April 2012.  He has been a RD Board member since the same date, and Deputy Chairman of the RD since June 2014.  His main focus with the SW Centre has been to develop new synergies and relationships between the RD, the Universities and railway engineering employers in the SW Centre’s geographical area, and the other engineering institutions.  He is a member of the RD’s Skills Task Force and sees the promotion of railway engineering as a career to school and University students as being his highest single priority as Chairman of the RD.

His Chairman’s Address will be on the theme of “Growth and Transformation - The Opportunities and Challenges of Growth in Passenger Demand on Britain’s Railways”.

Chris Kinchin-Smith
Managing Director
KS Transport Consultants Ltd

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Simon Iwnicki

2014 - 2015

Christopher Moss

2013 - 2014

Bridget Eickhoff

2012 - 2013

William Reeve

2011 - 2012

Tim Dugher

2010 - 2011

Roger Goodall

2009 - 2010

Richard Lockett

2007 - 2008

Malcolm Dobell

2005 - 2006

Cliff Perry

2004 - 2005

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