People in Rail: Management

David Kightley

Head of Change, Rail Delivery Group

BSc Degree

What does my job involve?

Improving the quality of project delivery through providing consistnecy to the way we run projects and training our project communities.

What do I like most about my job?

The diversity and skills of the people I work with

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.

Kendra Ayling

Group Head of Brand and Marketing, Hitachi Rail

Masters Degree in Marketing

What does my job involve?

I manage the Hitachi brand and all marketing activity for the rail business, including exhibitions such as InnoTrans, events, social media, our website – and much more!

What do I like most about my job?

Every day is completely different, working across different events and bidding work across the globe – which involves a lot of global travel! I also have an amazing team supporting me.

Emilie Brignall

Scheme Project Manager at Network Rail

Degree in Biological Sciences

What does my job involve?

I’m part of the London to Corby Electrification project, managing the construction of Overhead Line Equipment (OLE) along approximately 30 miles of track.

What do I like most about my job?

I love dealing with people, and that’s what my job is all about; coordinating the efforts of my team to ensure the OLE is delivered safely, and to time/cost/quality.

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.

Liam Hewitt

Graduate Commercial Manager

Degree in Architecture

What does my job involve?

I move around the business handling aspects of delivering infrastructure projects – that means risk management, payments, contract drafting, conflict management, project management, forecasting costs etc. Recently I’ve become involved in leading on Innovation Strategy.

What do I like most about my job?

The diversity in regards to the people, locations and purpose. I’ve worked on £bn Line Upgrades and £60k bus station refurbishments – each with a different purpose and helping different communities, but equally important.

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!

Chris Stanley

Route Asset Data & Analysis Manager at Network Rail

A Level

What does my job involve?

Leading a team to improve data about our track side assets and turn it into intelligence to aid decision making. Treating data as an asset.

What do I like most about my job?

This is a newly created role within Network Rail allowing me to shape the direction the Route take. Every day there is a new challenge and something new to learn.

Georgina Cooper

Standards and Competency Management System Manager for GTR and Special Constable for the British Transport Police

BA Hon Sport Coaching and Development

What does my job involve?

Writing/Reviewing Standards and assessments. Monitoring controller competencies for Service Delivery using our bespoke CMS.

I also dedicate a minimum of 16 hours a month to the British Transport Police as a Special Constable.

What do I like most about my job?

Enjoy being part of a people development team which drives improvement maintaining a high performance culture through service delivery.

Passion for helping others and I feel a sense of pride when performing my duties.