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Daniel Barrett - Senior Consultant


An enthusiastic and committed Senior Engineering Manager with considerable experience in creating, developing and leading teams.  I have a flexible and collaborative approach, working closely with Client and Contracting organisations to successfully problem solve and deliver major rail projects.  My long-term experience with Electrical Control Rooms at a national level provides me with an in-depth knowledge of operating and electrical safety procedures for all traction power supply systems employed in the UK and other countries.  Whilst working on the Elizabeth Line (Crossrail) project I have had the opportunity to gain knowledge and experience of many other railway systems and engineering disciplines.

Experience Summary

Railway Operations

Production of operating instructions associated with the Crossrail project engineering management systems for traction power, OHLE, non-traction high voltage systems, tunnel ventilation, drainage and pumping and ancillary equipment.

Led the National Operations function for electrical control, providing technical and operational direction to the Routes and local management teams for all aspects of electrical control, including training and competence management.  Co-author of the “Concept of Operations” document for future electrification management and control within Network Rail to support a national SCADA renewal programme.

Functional advisor on the closure of Doncaster and Hornsey Electrical Control Rooms, and transfer of electrical control to York ECR.  Line Manager of 7 Electrical Control Rooms and providing out of hours technical on call support.  Trained and appointed as an Electrical Control Room Operator competence assessor, under a peer assessment process for Safety Critical Workers.  Managed and operated the railway traction power supply system in the South East London area, responding to routine and unplanned events in a safe and effective manner.  Providing operational resource for asset and system commissioning as required.

Projects & Engineering

While with RfL I led the development of Control arrangements (SCADA) for all engineering systems, with specific interest in alarm management and HMI design.  I led the recruitment and development of the Electrification & Plant Maintenance Engineering Team and produced the Asset Management Stewardship Plan for E&P assets including Overhead Line Equipment.

As acting Maintenance Infrastructure Engineering Manager, I led a multi-disciplinary team to support the handover of Crossrail Assets, for signalling, MEP, Civils, Track, E&P and Systems and the development of each team for maintenance readiness.

During my time with Network Rail I was a member of the Electrification & Plant leadership team with responsibilities for asset policy and accountable for the Product Acceptance process for all Electrification & Plant Assets.  As Chair of the Electrical Power Design Authority (EPDA) I was responsible for leading and monitoring the achievement of compliance with relevant regulations and environmental objectives, ensuring management of risk and the implementation of controls to manage non-compliances and interoperability requirements with external and company standards.

Provided operational support for the West Coast Main Line Traction Power upgrade from Classic OLE to an Auto Transformer System.  Systems Integration Manager for the electrification upgrade activities under the Southern Regions New Trains Programme (SRNTP) across Kent, Sussex & Wessex Routes including Depots.  Seconded to Channel Tunnel Rail Limited (HS1) to lead the recruitment and training of the Electrical and Mechanical Management and Information System (EMMIS) Controllers to support the opening of stage 1 of the high speed line.

Safety & Assurance

Currently I am engaged by Rail for London (Infrastructure) to lead the development of a number of work streams to implement a full assurance programme on behalf of the Maintenance Infrastructure Engineering Manager.  This engagement is a follow up to my previous role within RfL as Chair of the Engineering Review Process to measure compliance against statutory maintenance tasks associated with assets that have achieved handover from the Crossrail project.

As Chair of the Electrical Safety Strategy Group (ESSG) in Network Rail I provided corporate direction for electrical safety and compliance with legal and regulatory requirements in conjunction with the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) safety regulator team.

Training & Development

Provided direction and guidance in the development of proposed training material for maintenance staff to support Crossrail Electrification & Plant assets and systems.  Supported the training of Traffic Managers by producing suitable material to underpin the training programme.

While with Network Rail I trained and qualified to be able to provide Internal Verification of the Safety Critical Workers competence assessment process.  I produced training and development plans for full time Trainer/Assessors of Safety Critical Workers.  Developed and delivered training material for Electrical Control Operators on the Record of Inter System Safety Precautions (RISSP) in conjunction with National Grid for isolation interfaces at 400KV National Grid sites.

Earlier in my career I undertook peer training of new entrants into Electrical Control Rooms.  I was part of a process improvement team which developed a new training course for Electrical Control Operators on the Kent Route.