Colin became President in October 2019, following in the footsteps of Jonathan Wragg. Colin has served the society as a Vice President since 2011 representing Bombardier where he is the Chief Engineer for the URBAN transport platform.
Here is a message from our new President…
Fellow members of the Derby Railway Engineering Society,
At our Annual General Meeting last October, I was honoured to become the Society’s president, following in the footsteps of Jonathan Wragg. Since 2011 I have served the Society as a Vice-President representing Bombardier, I originally started my railway career in Derby in 1987 for BREL as it was then based in St Peters house.
I was born in St Andrews and grew up in Markinch, Fife where John Cameron housed his ‘beloved’ A4 No. 60009 ‘The Union of South Africa’ locomotive in the station shed. This was my first exposure to people’s real enthusiasm for ‘Steam Engines’ as several of my friend’s dads worked voluntarily on maintaining it and we as youths were often ‘drafted in’ to climb into small spaces and generally help out with its upkeep.
After studying for my degree in Edinburgh my first job was in Aberdeen working for a small company designing ‘Mud Pumps’ for oil rigs, then in March 1987 a friend whom I had studied with in Edinburgh called to ask if I was interested in a 3 months contract at BREL in Derby. 3 years later they persuaded me to become staff and I have been with the company in its various guises and in a variety of roles’ ever sinc: Design Manager, Concept Engineering Manager, Head of Bids Engineering, Head of Vehicle Design, Chief Vehicle Architect and currently the Chief Engineer for the URBAN transport platform, covering Metros, People Movers, Monorail and Trams. I am also the Rail Industry Speaker for UNIFE on Access to the Railways for People with Disabilities, a member of the ERA TSI PRM working party, I sit on the EU Commission PRM Advisory Body and I am also the CEN Convenor for PRM Euronorms.
I intend to actively support and promote the key objectives we developed during Jonathans Presidency:
· Encouraging young people into Rail as a career,
· Communicating the good and diverse aspects of our industry through the lectures and visits
· Promoting and ensuring we have a prosperous future for the Society.
Thank you for the opportunity to be the Society President and I look forward to our continued successes over the coming years.