ERTMS Training Administrator
A familiar face within Freightliner, Anne joined the ERTMS Team to provide support and guidance through the execution of ERTMS training. As Training Administrator, Anne is responsible for ensuring all attendees receive the required information to feel prepared for their training courses. Anne is also responsible for tracking course completion to ensure accurate reporting and competency management.
Matt License & Scott Richmond
ERTMS Training & Standards Manager
Matt and Scott are both qualified train drivers and instructors. They are responsible for the delivery of ERTMS training to Freightliner drivers, providing learners knowledge, confidence and competence. Outside of training, they are also actively involved in the introduction of new company standards that are produced in line with ERTMS integration into Freightliner.
Alex joins Freightliner bringing with him a breadth of work experience with various organisations within the ftse 100. As part of the ERTMS team, Alex’s focus is on developing and maintaining financial reporting and cash flow forecasts to safeguard the project financially.
Senior Learning & Development Specialist
Cathryn has joined the team with a wealth of prior railway experience. As Senior Learning and Development Specialist at Freightliner, she is responsible for leading on the creation training materials.
Mark joined Freightliner in 2021 bringing with him 12 years of Project Management experience executing major projects in the rail industry. After completing his MSc in Project and Enterprise Management from University College London, Mark joined SNC-Lavalin where he managed the introduction of the Class 387 and Class 345 services which both operate using ETCS at Heathrow Airport. In Mark’s current role as ERTMS Project Manager, he is responsible for coordinating the introduction of ETCS technology across the business while also representing Freightliner within the wider Programme.
Prior to joining Freightliner in 2018, Jane refined her strict organisational skills and strong attention to detail working for Barclays as an Analyst and Programmer. She carried over these talents initially supporting Freightliner’s UK Rail Admin and Performance Teams before taking up the Administrator role for ERTMS. Jane’s personal goal is to help make her colleagues’ lives easier so they can focus on what they need to do to deliver the project. With her bubbly personality, subject knowledge and problem solving skills, Jane is the ultimate ‘go to’ contact for queries.
Assistant Business Change Manager
After completing her MSc in Organisational Behaviour at City University of London, Cara started with Freightliner Group Ltd. Since 2018, she has held the titles HR Officer, HR Advisor – Rail Services and now Assistant Business Change Manager. In her previous Human Resource supporting roles, she developed a fondness for Railway Pensions and the ongoing development of Freightliner’s Trainee Train Driver Programme. As a member of the ERTMS team Cara’s main focus will be facilitating a positive communication flow between the ERTMS team and other Freightliner staff.
Amassing 43 continuous years on the railway with 17 of those at Freightliner, Rob offers a plethora of knowledge to the ERTMS team. Rob holds a European Train Driving License, City & Guilds accreditation in Training and Assessing, is a member of the Chartered Institute of Railway Operators (CIRO) and held the title of Operations Director for Freightliner from 2014-2016. He has seen many changes to the railway over the course of his career but views ERTMS to be the most challenging and exciting transformation to the operating system in 200 years. Rob’s goal for this project is to deliver a workforce ready to operate ERTMS upon its introduction to our business.
Craig Evans & Jonathan Ellerbeck
Both Craig and Jon came over from Greater Anglia where they held the titles of Driver Trainer and Simulator Manager. In these roles, they were involved in the creation of new training materials, type testing new trains, setting up training academies, and introducing new full cab simulators.
Craig and Jon co-lead the simulation introduction for Freightliner’s ERTMS team. As qualified train drivers, they understand the importance and are focused on ensuring that simulators are as realistic as possible to best replicate the functionality and design of an ERTMS fitted class 66 locomotive. Additionally, they apply their previous experience and expertise to ensure all training materials are fit for purpose and work alongside our training team to ensure delivery is executed to the highest standard.
Craig holds a BSc in Railway Operations Management from Glasgow Caledonian University. He is currently working towards an Advanced Diploma (MSc) in Railway Control Engineering to upskill his knowledge of signalling design and engineering. Jonathan is a qualified engineer. He is currently exploring options in higher education to further enhance his skill set.
As a founding member of the ERTMS team, Euan joined Freightliner as an Electrical Engineering Technician before moving over to take over the position of ERTMS Lead Engineer in 2017. Prior to working with Freightliner, Euan spent 7 years with the Royal Navy supporting Search and Rescue as an Aeronautical Engineer.
Magda Olczak, Tom Farmer & Stuart Husk
ERTMS Project Engineers
Project Engineers, Magda, Tom and Stuart, are responsible for leading their respective teams on the design, development, and operation of ERTMS technology being fitted to Freightliner’s fleet of locomotives. In addition, they individually contribute to the wider Programme and industry as representatives for various sub-groups and committees focused on the successful introduction of ETCS in the UK.
Marcell Dent & Mike Youds
ERTMS’ Maintenance Instructors, Mike and Marcell are based in Crewe and Leeds respectively. Mike, a longstanding Freightliner employee, holds an MEng in Civil Engineering from Liverpool John Moores University. He has applied his degree within the business as a T&RS Reliability Engineer and Product Support Engineer. He is proficient on Class 59,66,86 and 90s. With more than 10 years’ experience in Training and Competence, Marcell joined Freightliner as a T&RS Standards and Assessment Manager, where he was passed out to assess Class 59,66 and 90s as well as both wagon fleets, before becoming a member the ERTMS team. Amongst his qualifications Marcell holds a NVQ level 3 in electrical installation and a City and Guilds level 3 in Training Assessing and Quality Assurance.
Stuart Husk, Steve Jackson, Matthew Flack & David Whitham
Reporting directly to the Project Engineers, ERTMS’s four Maintenance Specialists are strategically based, one each, at Freightliner’s Leeds, Crewe, Southampton and Mendip depots. Responsible for ensuring that the ERTMS on-board systems are maintained, the team will be heavily involved in the technical riding and fault-finding as the Freightliner fleet is upgraded. A highly motivated group, Steve, Stuart, Matthew and David have quickly immersed themselves into the project becoming subject matter experts (SMEs) on class 66, 90 and 59 tractions. Like much of the wider team, all four qualified engineers jumped at the opportunity to join ERTMS with the goal of playing their part to make a positive lasting impact on bringing the Rail Freight Industry forward.