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Rob is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer with over 16 years’ railway industry experience in the UK and Japan, developing a career specialising in rolling stock fleet management, manufacture and railway systems.
Initially joining FirstGroup as an Engineering Management Trainee, Rob has worked in several fleet and depot management roles, including Depot Manager at Heaton, a large maintenance depot for Northern Rail. He then joined Hitachi Rail as Head of Test, mobilising a new Test department at Hitachi’s first UK train manufacturing facility and ramping up a green field site to achieve full production capacity, delivering new Class 800 (Intercity Express Programme – IEP) and Class 385 trains. Now an Associate Director and Head of Business Development at IPEX Consulting, Rob supports and advises multiple rail companies and public entities, recently supporting a rolling stock manufacturer’s HS2 bid and as Owner’s Representative for the procurement of new rolling stock for the Wales and Borders franchise.
Rob has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Manchester Institute of Science & Technology (UMIST) and a Masters in Maintenance and Asset Management from the University of Manchester.