People in Rail: Engineering and IT

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.

Laura Reardon

Senior Safety Consultant at Atkins

MEng in Engineering Science

What does my job involve?

Identifying hazards, evaluating different options and developing solutions so a proposed system is ‘safe by design’. I also help Train Operating Companies focus their efforts to reduce risk so far as is reasonably practicable.

What do I like most about my job?

Working with a wide variety of disciplines and people across the industry when asking questions is part of my job.


Senior Engineer/ Temporary Works Co-ordinator on EGIP project

Degree in Civil Engineering/ Incorporated Engineer

What does my job involve?

I ensure all the temporary works across the route is planned, designed, installed, checked and dismantled safely. I bridge the gap between the designers and constructions teams.

What do I like most about my job?

I get to solve complex engineering and logistical problems. I am helping to make the Railways more efficient and sustainable. I get to see the direct impact my job has on the Scottish Landscape.


Mobile Application Developer at Network Rail

A Level

What does my job involve?

Developing Apps for the Railway, allowing stations to pass data to each other quicker, show trackside staff the closest toilets/services to them, access/egress, charity work.

What do I like most about my job?

The railway is so diverse that every single day is different – the challenges are never the same!

Vivek Vilay

STO(Track) Network Rail

Foundation Degree Railway Engineering

What does my job involve?

I work across Cumbria, Lancashire and Yorkshire with Platforms, Bridges, Tunnels, Rail and Track. fault find and propose solutions. Weekends work involves installation. I survey for refurbishment and renewal. I assist renewal work and machines.

What do I like most about my job?

The challenge working on this railway.
Take advantage of dry and calm weather, Independent Working, the improvements made, meeting different colleagues, travelling far seeing the railway amongst the fells and natural landscape.

Bryant Yates


BEng(Hons) BSc CEng MIMechE RPP MAPM

What does my job involve?

Managing the delivery of complex railway engineering design projects by a multi-disciplinary team whilst working collaboratively with my clients to achieve the benefits they wish to deliver.

What do I like most about my job?

Working with highly skilled people, building teams tailored to the projects required, applying new thinking and technologies to solve complex problems and the variety of projects – I am never bored!

Nada Abouelhiga

Digital Railway Support Engineer at Rail Delivery Group

MEng in Medical Engineering

What does my job involve?

My job in a nutshell is to provide the RDG New Technology Introduction Group with support for project work relating to Digital Railway Technologies. I am also completing the Railway Engineering Graduate Scheme.

What do I like most about my job?

I enjoy that I get to work with a large variety of people. I also enjoy knowing that the projects I am working on today will directly impact and improve the railways of tomorrow (hopefully!).