A time-served engineer, project manager and rail professional, Rod is a 23-year veteran of the rail industry, a graduate of the universities of both Newcastle and Sunderland and a full Member of the Association for Project Management.
Working as a freelance geotechnical engineer after achieving his MSc, Rod spent the first four years of his rail career supporting Jarvis, Owen Williams and AIG Consultants, aiding the delivery of a number of large-scale infrastructure projects, including the West Coast Upgrade.
In 2002 and for the next eight years, he joined Jarvis/Network Rail acting as both Principal Technical Officer and Technical Engineer covering track renewals and maintenance between Great Heck and Ferryhill on the East Coast Main Line along with all associated branch lines.
Making the huge leap to Australia in 2010, Rod spent the next two years in the role of Senior Project Engineer for Laing O’Rouke, working on the NovoRail Alliance in New South Wales (then the largest infrastructure project in Australia) followed by the Adelaide Electrification Project.
Moving back to the UK in 2012, he spent the following eight years working as a freelance project manager, project engineer and CRE, supporting the likes of Network Rail (Works Delivery and Infrastructure Projects) and Amey (TRU West Alliance) before joining SEP Rail Engineering in 2020.
A founding director of the business, Rod’s key responsibilities include…
- Directing and controlling engineering operations, engineering work and resources
- Directing and controlling the competency management of staff
- Assessing the suitability and procurement of sub-contractors
- Providing engineering assurance
- Keeping the company up to date with all relevant engineering and industry standards, briefing as required
- Directing and liaising with the HSQE partnership to ensure alignment to the company’s requirements
- Deputising for the MD where required