People in Rail: Engineering and IT

Laura Beverley

Head of Strategic Planning and Assurance


What does my job involve?

I manage a great team of people who look at startegic planning, portfolio management, reporting against the delivery of the business plan and providing assurance of the plan through internal audit and risk management.

What do I like most about my job?

It’s such a varied role and the many challenges keep me on my toes. Seeing the full lyfecycle from strategy to delivery through to seeing the benefits gives me alot of joy.

Kate Wilson

Track Design Engineer, WSP

MSc in Railway Systems Engineering and Intergration, FdEng in Railway Engineering

What does my job involve?

Delivering track designs from feasibility through to detail design. As well as designing brand new railways such as HS2, its also about maintaining and adapting the current infrastructure that we depend on every day.

What do I like most about my job?

Coming up with solutions to complex problems and implementing them, literally shaping the world we live in as well as designing for a better future. It is a very rewarding job.


Engineer at SNC-Lavalin

MEng in Electronic/Electrical Engineering

What does my job involve?

Providing technical and strategic support to Rail Industry clients including manufacturers, operators, asset owners, government bodies and others.

What do I like most about my job?

The diverse range of projects I am exposed to by working for an Engineering consultancy

Obie Achigbu

Rail Systems Engineer at Ove Arup & Partners

BEng (Hons) in Telecommunications engineering/ MSc in Electronic systems with Communication

What does my job involve?

My role involves the use of technical processes in the coordination of complex multidisciplinary rail projects to ensure that the clients and stakeholders requirements are met and to ensure the realisation of a successful system.

What do I like most about my job?

Being a Systems Engineer in Rail means that I interact with all parties on some exciting projects and have a front seat at watching stakeholder needs translated into achieveable design elements.

Aaron Sawyer

Graduate Engineer at SNC-Lavalin

Master Degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering

What does my job involve?

My primary objective at work is to learn, whilst providing a variety of consulting services to our clients. One year in, placements have included: technical investigation, market research and building an operational concept model.

What do I like most about my job?

Problems: they are great, and even better when at first seem daunting! Solving them with technical experience and hard work whilst balancing: a timely delivery, budget, and client satisfaction add to the thrill and enjoyment.

Victoria Aviomoh

Telecoms Design Consultant at Arup

BEng (Hons) in Electronics and Communication Engineering, MSc in Telecommunications

What does my job involve?

My role involves the design of Surveillance, Information and Security Systems in Rail stations and Operational Lineside Telecommunication systems including GSM-R coverage along the rail track routes.

What do I like most about my job?

Knowing that I have contributed to improving atleast one person’s rail commute and creating a safer and user friendly rail environment.

Mutsa Kamudzandu

Project Engineer at telent

BSc (Hons) Information Technology Management

What does my job involve?

Project delivery of complex telecoms projects from Output Definition to Project Closeout. Different projects bring different challenges therefore a big proportion of my role involves interface management of multi-disciplinary project teams.

What do I like most about my job?

The balance of office work and opportunities to get out the office to implement design concepts into life and experience the difference they make to public safety.

Mohanad Ismail

Project Engineer at Telent

MSc in Digital Systems

What does my job involve?

It requires me to be creative and inhabit out of the box thinking. I become exposed to various projects with unique challenges, as a result I am always doing something new.

What do I like most about my job?

What I like most about my job is the fact that my work has the potential in positively impacting people and exposes me to the challenges that I need to develop.

Stephen Hartley

Accreditation Analyst at Rail Delivery Group

BSc (Hons) Computer Science

What does my job involve?

Liaising with retailers and train operating companies to ensure that rail tickets are sold correctly. This means passengers are issued with the right ticket for their journey, and that revenue reaches the operators owed.

What do I like most about my job?

The scale of the task – almost a billion tickets are sold each year – but more importantly, working with people who are passionate about the railway, and the social and economic benefit it delivers.

Sutopa Paul

Engineering Contracts Manager at GWR

MEng Aerospace Engineering

What does my job involve?

Management of major contracts with delivery of new trains. This involves chairing meetings with key stakeholders, leading teams to deliver their obligations, providing commerical advise to the business and dealing with challenging situations/ conversations.

What do I like most about my job?

I love a role that is dynamic, fast paced and intellectual stimulating. This job is a combination of engineering, business and law, which enables me to understand decisions made at a strategic level.