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Please take a few moments to read testimonials written by some of our recent rail clients. 

"After the introduction of a new standard for railway electrification, SPL Powerlines and AARC embarked on a major piece of work to redesign our existing Construction Assurance systems, develop usable and repeatable plans for reference, and ensure a consistency of approach for the entire company.

The AARC team of Steve Derrick, Dr Paul Hodgson and Alan Brookes were a pleasure to work with and provided SPL Powerlines with a highly motivated and very knowledgeable team to achieve the numerous deliverables set out in our original agreement.

AARC delivered on the remit to the letter and did so in a collegiate and inclusive way. They gathered in-depth knowledge of our current systems, identified gaps in process and not only did they provide insightful and valuable guidance on how to remedy any deficiencies, they designed and developed working examples of useable and repeatable products that have proven extremely valuable both now and in the future.

AARC knowledge and experience provided SL Powerlines with real confidence that our redesigned system was industry leading and fit for purpose.

The close working arrangement between client and consultant proved to be a model example of how to work together to deliver wide-ranging project deliverables, on time and on budget and I highly recommend AARC and their services"

Quality Manager (September 2021)

“As part of a national renewals programme I was challenged to develop a single set of work processes associated with multiple power supply systems. Derek Mason was engaged to lead this work stream on my behalf, providing programme management and direction to a team of business process analysts and subject matter experts. Derek’s highly structured and methodical approach to tackling complex workstreams, coupled with his ability to asses information at multiple levels, was instrumental in the organisation successfully delivering a complete set of future business processes for the control and operation of traction power supply assets, supported by safe systems of work.

I have engaged Derek on multiple occasions for various activities as he has a very wide skill set and provides a consistently high level of performance developing, reviewing, periodic reporting and delivering business requirements to a very high standard, at cost and within agreed timescales.”

Head of Energy Network Technology Development (November 2016)

“We were engaged in a high profile strategic programme and  I needed someone with expert railway operational knowledge to review our assets and to develop the organisational dependencies and business change aspects - including employee relations and communication.  Having worked with Steve in the past he was engaged on the strength of the breadth and depth of his experience in the industry and track record.   His performance on the project was extremely professional and a big contribution and he brought new insights as well as his experience.  He led his own work and worked well within the wider team and his constructive and confident challenge of other work-streams improved the overall analysis.  All the work was completed to time and to a very high standard and if further work develops I would certainly want Steve back to advise and help us."

Technical Director, (September 2016)

"Steve Derrick was engaged to plug a knowledge gap in the project team set up to deliver a National SCADA programme.  Steve’s standing in the operational world was exactly what was needed to interface with the operational side of the business.  He quickly re-engaged with the routes and provided the project team with insight into the operational challenges.  He also brings to the team the wisdom that comes with 40 years' experience.  His professionalism and willingness to share his knowledge is appreciated by the whole team."

Programme Director, (August 2016)