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Job Title:
Commercial Manager

Location:
London

Academic Profile:
University of Warwick, Business Leadership PGC Kingston University, BEng (Hons) Rail Traction & Rolling Stock

Joined Angel Trains:
November 2011

How did you get into the rail industry?

My career began in aviation manufacturing but I moved to Eurostar in 2002 as a Technical Engineer working out of its International Maintenance Depot, based in West London. This role included managing the control of the maintenance documentation, providing training and developing modifications and enhancements to improve fleet reliability and service functionality. It was whilst at Eurostar that I started studying for my degree on a part-time basis. I then moved to Network Rail, and my initial role there was Process Improvement Specialist within the engineering function of c.500 people. I had a number of roles at Network Rail, the final one being Senior Network Planner where I worked on a number of strategic plans for the UK rail network, including a strategy looking at the future utilisation of passenger trains and their interface with the rail network.

Why did you decide to join Angel Trains?

In order to broaden my experience I wanted to move into a more commercial facing role and recognised that the ROSCOs play an important role in the industry. What I really liked about Angel Trains was that for a business of its size, in terms of headcount, it has a large influence and is respected throughout the industry. I was also encouraged by the fact that Angel Trains employed a lot of other people who had an engineering background but had then moved into other areas.

How has your career progressed since you joined?

I joined the Company as an Account Manager responsible for developing and maintaining the customer relationships with First Great Western, Arriva Trains Wales, Chiltern Railway and LOROL. I was also responsible for managing the operational leases with these TOCs which includes the delivery of obligations such as heavy maintenance, delivery and re-delivery of assets. This role gave me invaluable experience in understanding the TOCs' businesses and Angel Trains' products and service offering. I was promoted from Account Manager to the role of Commercial Manager in May 2013. This new role involves working closely with our internal legal and finance teams to ensure Angel Trains is in a strong position to be able to re-lease its existing portfolio of assets during refranchising, and to seek out opportunities to develop and/or expand the portfolio with the procurement of new trains.

What are you looking forward to most in your new role?

Working as a team to successfully re-lease Angel Trains' portfolio, which will secure the long-term future of the business. I am also looking forward to being involved in new train procurement where such opportunities exist and think the role will also give me more exposure to some of the financial and legal aspects of an operating leasing business.

What is Angel Trains like to work for?

I think it's a dynamic company which is probably reflective of its size. It is also a very close-knit team that supports each other during challenging times. In each of the roles I have done I have felt empowered to take the actions I believe are right for the business and have always had the support of the Senior Management in doing so. There is a very high level of competency through the organisation which makes for a professional working environment. With working hard, as a team we also like to play hard and have a number of sporting and social groups with something happening most weeks!

Job Title:
Senior Tax Manager

Location:
London

Academic Profile:
University of Kent, Canterbury & Jean Moulin Lyon III (Graduated 1997)
Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (2000)
Institute of Chartered Tax Advisors (2002)

Joined Angel Trains:
June 2010

Why did you decide to join Angel Trains?

I had decided to move in-house having spent over 10 years in professional practice working across various industries. Having acquired considerable experience in my role as an external advisor to businesses I was keen to have a role where I would be involved in projects from beginning to end. Choosing the right company was essential to my future career prospects and Angel Trains ticked all the boxes. This role also allows me to work on a part-time basis 3 days per week which is important to me in terms of achieving a good work/life balance.

What are the favourite aspects of your job?

Being the in-house tax expert and liaising with every department in the Company. Tax is becoming increasingly important to businesses and this allows me to work closely with the Executive directors, which is fantastic for my future career prospects.

What is Angel Trains like to work for?

In my opinion it is a fun environment to work in whilst being professional. There is a lot of mutual respect amongst the various departments which creates a supportive environment. I think staff welfare is high on the managements' agenda which makes a big difference to the working environment.

Describe your typical day:

There isn't one! That's why tax is great – there is a lot of variety and I don't necessarily know what I'll be working on from day to day.

Job Title:
Account Manager

Location:
London

Academic Profile:
A' level economics, general studies
Part CIPS qualified (Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply)

Joined Angel Trains:
April 1994, the year it was established

Why did you decide to join Angel Trains?

At the time I had a choice between joining Angel Trains or a train operator. I chose Angel Trains because it was a brand new company and provided the chance to be involved in starting something fresh. I've now been here 21 years so it was obviously the right decision!

How has your career progressed since you joined?

I’ve been lucky enough to work in several different areas of the business. I initially joined as a Projects Assistant and then spent some time on secondment with both the Planning and Legal departments. After that I moved into Procurement for 4 years, where I was given the opportunity to study towards my CIPS diploma, following which I became a Contract Manager looking after the contracts I had helped to procure. I moved from that to being a Planning Manager responsible for arranging train movements and disposals. More recently I spent 18 months on secondment as the operations champion for a new systems implementation project and in June 2013 was appointed as an Account Manager responsible for the company’s relationship with Abellio Greater Anglia, LOROL, Virgin Trains East Coast and Cross Country.

What are the favourite aspects of your job?

There is always a new challenge with every day, which I genuinely love. Angel Trains has afforded me the opportunity to prove myself in many various disciplines. I also met my wife whilst working for Angel Trains and we now have two lovely daughters, aged 9 and 5.

What is Angel Trains like to work for?

The railway industry in general is an ever-changing and diverse place to work. Angel Trains has been and continues to be a well-respected company at the cutting edge of an industry that is still evolving. Both still have room to improve but I enjoy being part of that journey, working with some great people, past and present, who I now consider some of my closest friends.

Job Title:
Development Engineer

Location:
London

Academic Profile:
BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering
Member of Institution of Mechanical Engineers
Member of Association of Project Managers

Joined Angel Trains:
August 2001

What does your role entail?

I am the development engineer for train bodies and interiors. This covers a variety of things including interior refurbishments, corrosion repairs and PRM compliance. One of my biggest challenges at the moment is trying to plan for the implementation of accessibility legislation (PRM TSI) that is being applied, even to older trains, by 31 December 2019. This, amongst other things, requires the installation of universal access toilets which is an area that necessitates a very significant amount of design and modification work.

Did you always want to be an engineer?

No! I really wanted to be a vet but didn’t get good enough grades so I had to rethink. I wanted to do something practical so ended up with engineering.

What is it like being a female engineer in the rail industry?

I do sometimes feel like a bit of a minority, but I have never felt uncomfortable or as though the male engineers didn't value my opinion or expertise. Indeed, sometimes a woman will look at a problem in a different way and may offer an alternative perspective on an issue. As time has gone by it has become easier and more accepted to be a female engineer in the rail industry.

Do you think there are enough women working in the rail industry?

It depends what area you look at. In a depot, for example, the staff are predominately male, although things are starting to change. To try to encourage more women into jobs throughout the rail industry a "Women in Rail" group has been set up to offer mentoring, information, encouragement and support to females in the industry and those who may be thinking of a career in rail. Hopefully this will see a greater balance and provide potential executives for the future to increase the number of women in senior management positions.

Job Title:
Senior Legal Advisor

Location:
London

Academic Profile:
University of Nottingham: LLB (Hons)
Nottingham Law School: LPC
BPP London: BTT

Admitted as a Solicitor: 2005
Called to the Bar of England and Wales: 2013

Joined Angel Trains:
1 September 2009

Why did you decide to join Angel Trains?

Having spent several years in private practice, I went on secondment to a large FTSE 100 plc and enjoyed the legal and commercial challenges which come with being an in-house counsel. Therefore, when I was approached with the opportunity to join an industry leader like Angel Trains, I had no hesitation in accepting.

Describe your typical day

It sounds like a cliché but every day is different. The challenges of working in-house mean that I regularly face a variety of legal and commercial issues which affect the business and therefore my phone could ring at any time with a client wanting advice on anything from health and safety law to intellectual property. However, days will typically involve a range of meetings and calls negotiating whichever transactions I have on at the time and also sometimes more strategic matters. There is of course a lot of time spent at my desk drafting various legal agreements and thankfully plenty of opportunity to socialise after work.

What do you enjoy most about working at Angel Trains?

The people. It’s a very friendly and sociable company where people work hard but don’t take themselves too seriously.

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