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Steve Derrick - Senior Consultant and Director

I have a strong railway background particularly in Operations and Programme Management having held many senior positions in both disciplines.  I can offer leadership and support across a wide range of roles within the industry, with over 45 years’ experience in the rail sector and a broad set of skills.  My strengths lie in excellent leadership skills and an ability to bring people together at all levels within and external to an organisation.  Having successfully led front line operations and project teams to elevated levels of performance I have a track record of getting the best out of a team.  As Managing Director of AARC I take a pro-active approach in all our contract engagements matching our areas of expertise with the skills required to meet the clients needs.  My approach is both methodical and professional with an analytical mind when it comes to problem solving.  I am always happy to provide advice and guidance to meet the needs of a project.  I am a team player who enjoys problem solving alongside encouraging others to explore solutions and challenge themselves.


Railway Operations

Numerous rail operational support engagements as a consultant.  Most recently providing strategic development advice and direction as part of a medium to long term review of rail operational needs.  Operations support to several major rail investment programmes.  Rail operational Interface for a national technology-based business change programme.  Rail operational guidance and input on a national rail infrastructure asset review. 

 Area General Manager for Network Rail leading the West Midlands & Chilterns area before moving across to lead the West Coast South area.  Accountable for all aspects of delivering safety, performance and budget on the area, including leadership and employee engagement of over 200 staff.  Key interfaces with Train Operating Companies, Infrastructure Maintenance & Renewal teams and direct public engagement at Network Rail managed stations (Birmingham New Street and London Euston).  Successfully achieved integration of the area maintenance teams as part of the change bringing the activity ‘in-house’ rather than externally contracted.  Lead operational client role during the West Coast Route Modernisation programme including the major stages leading to the introduction of the high frequency timetable at the end of 2008.  My involvement in the blockade works resulted in a changed national process for the operational management of major disruptive works.  Undertook Gold Commander role during times of significant disruption/major incident.

Projects & Engineering

Took a lead role in a PMO team AARC provided to a rail infrastructure contractor to monitor, report and help them pass a due-diligence test as part of a validation and assurance requirement.

Led the Programme Controls team for the Network Rail National Operating Strategy.  Senior Programme Manager for investment projects on Network Rail London North West (LNW) route.  Responsible for control and delivery of investment projects across all disciplines.  Led the LNW Cross-Country Route Modernisation Team to the successful delivery of the phase II works.  Senior Project Manager delivering the LNW Track Renewals programme.  Successfully turned around a poor performing contractor to become a high performing delivery team. 

Contract Management roles across all engineering disciplines as the Railtrack interface with the maintenance and renewals units following privatisation.  Principle Project Engineer with the Civil Engineers successfully leading the Project Engineering team and winning back key work packages in the Liverpool area.  Engineering interface manager during the development stages of HS1.  Lead Project Engineer across all stages for Birmingham Cross-City Electrification and Snow Hill – Smethwick route reinstatement.  Key external interfaces with Midland Metro, West Midlands Passenger Transport Executive and the Railway Inspectorate.

Early in my career I undertook several appointments, covering surveying, p-way design, track & vehicle gauging and new works, all within the Civil Engineers based in Croydon/London/Birmingham.

Safety & Assurance

Directly involved in engagements AARC undertook to provide validation and assurance activities on behalf of a rail infrastructure contractor covering change management and more recently construction assurance.

Programme Director leading several workstreams looking at improvements to track access arrangements.  The main workstreams looked at T3 possession arrangements, on-track machine working arrangements and (working with RSSB) rule book simplification.

Training & Development

Indirectly involved in providing direction and guidance on several engagements AARC associates are undertaking in development of training materials.

Change Management

Most recently providing advice on a strategic operational review of future requirements.  Led a team AARC provided to support and help guide a rail infrastructure contractor complete a transition programme.  This work completed in late 2018 with a positive result for the client who is now developing the business as a lead supplier to the rail industry.  Rail operational Interface for a national technology-based business change programme.

Programme Director for a range of track access initiatives under Network Rail’s transformation programme.  Client role for Operations on many change projects as part of the National Operating Strategy, including the National Electrical control strategy.