Owner 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.