We are proud to work with an extremely passionate group of individuals. All highly qualified, knowledgeable and pragmatic. Your project or business couldn't be in better hands.
You can find out about our consultants below.
The founder of IPEX, Malcolm is a railway specialist building on a career of over 29 years in railway fleet operations, rolling stock, depots, maintenance and projects, having held a number of frontline technical and general management positions within a variety of Train Operating Companies and a number of ROSCO customer-facing positions.
Since founding IPEX in 2003, Malcolm has been assembling, leading and managing expert teams to deliver successful consultancy assignments through a blend of rail / rolling stock working knowledge and experience with a professional consultancy project delivery focus, to align with his own principles and values. These assignments and Malcolm’s personal experience have included an extensive range of key projects including: new train specification, bidding and bid evaluation for franchises and for new trains, studies (such as McNulty VFM, independent 3rd party reviews, market studies, rolling stock strategy etc.), electrification business case support, Thameslink, InterCity Express Programme (IEP), Crossrail, HS2, ERTMS, research projects, and new overseas railway system development.
Malcolm has a first-class honours degree (BEng) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Bath and is a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (FIMechE).
Outside of work Malcolm prioritises outdoor / active sporting escapes, including regular weekly mountain biking and badminton, and supporting his wife Suzy’s equestrian eventing career. Fundamentally a practical engineer, in his spare time Malcolm has always loved building things and likes nothing better than working out how to take something apart! He still retains a schoolboy fascination with tractors and construction machinery.
Chris is a highly professional Chartered Traction & Rolling Stock Engineer with 18 years’ experience in the rail industry both in consulting and manufacturing in the UK, Europe, Asia Pacific, North and South America.
He possesses specialist skills in light and heavy rail rolling stock procurement, engineering assessments, and valuations; standards authoring and review; automated condition monitoring; rolling stock strategy, design, and development, and international best practice expertise.
Chris prides himself on thinking beyond the boundaries of present practices and challenging current reasoning. He has championed, and then led, the change in rolling stock standards for both light and heavy rail to help NSW, Australia, converge with global best practice.
Chris advises Transport Authorities on rolling stock procurements and refurbishment options, helping define strategy and forward thinking. He is experienced in franchise bidding including evaluating South Western, East Coast, Crossrail, and a direct award; carrying out studies for London Overground and South Western; and a franchise mobilisation. He also provides specialist due diligence support to financial institutions procuring rolling stock companies and investing in rail construction and operating projects, including Sydney and Canberra light rail; Jeddah Metro; and Angel Trains, Eversholt Rail, and Eurostar International Ltd sales.
Chris is also experienced in new train procurement, providing specialist support for new EMUs for Auckland, for TfNSW for Light Rail vehicles, for new EMUs for Kuala Lumpur, led the technical evaluation of EMU tenders for Wellington, and has been a member of the design review team for Sydney’s Waratah project.
In addition to his experience in the design, development, and implementation of automated condition monitoring systems, both for rolling stock and infrastructure; he has also carried out strategic planning for Rail North, Transport for NSW (TfNSW) heavy rail procurement and Sydney Light Rail expansion, and has carried out alignment and rolling stock planning for Auckland CRL, Sydney Western Express, & Metro projects, developed rolling stock options, disability improvements, & automated condition monitoring options for the RailCorp 2040 plan, and developed replacement rolling stock options for the QR Traveltrain network including full rolling stock studies, maintenance facility upgrade options, and specification.
Outside of the workplace Chris enjoys researching history of railways, standard and narrow gauge railway modelling, reading crime fiction, medieval re-enactment, and spending time with his family.
Tom is a highly qualified rolling stock engineering and management consultant with over 15 years’ experience in the rail sector. He has an in-depth understanding and practical working knowledge of all aspects of rolling stock maintenance, operation and contract management gained in roles at all levels within train operating companies and asset owners.
Before joining IPEX, Tom was Head of Engineering at Heathrow Express and prior to that undertook various senior roles at Southeastern. He is passionate about the rail sector and its potential to provide a great service to customers, positive outcomes for society and success for industry partners.
Tom brings together strategic insight with practical engineering and management experience to deliver outcomes that are both appropriate, reliable as well as strategically aligned.
Tom has a degree in Electronics and Electrical Engineering (BEng) from the University of Edinburgh and an MBA from Ashridge Business School. He is also a Chartered Engineer (CEng MIET) and a Chartered Quality Practitioner (CQP MCQI).
Outside of work Tom enjoys spending time with his wife and young children, traveling, cooking and following current affairs.
A well-connected senior leader with nearly 20 years’ rail industry UK and international experience. In both freight and passenger modes, Martin has successfully driven growth and high levels of performance within operators, vehicle manufacturers and consultancies. Key strengths are business leadership, strategic planning and stakeholder management.
Martin’s specialisations include:
Freight Industry - member of the DB Schenker UK Exec team responsible for supporting operations home and abroad. Regular participation in global strategic meetings. Ex Managing Director of WH Davis responsible for winning and delivering design, manufacturing and maintenance contracts.
Technical – as Managing Director of a leading freight and passenger rolling stock engineering consultancy and Notified Body, Martin led the provision of design, engineering, installation and approvals from a position as number 1 in the freight sector and passenger revenue streams.
Strategic & Commercial – in various director roles over 15 years, setting the strategic direction of the organisation to achieve market-led long-term profitability goals.
Ben has spent 13 years working in the rail sector. Starting his career with a ROSCO, the majority of his career has been with TOCs, leading maintenance and overhauls teams, collaborating with the supply chain.
He specialises in rolling stock fleet management, reliability, performance improvement, cost control, maintenance practice and process, organisational structure, quality and safety management systems; change management, organisational culture and employee engagement within the rolling stock maintenance and fleet management context; approaches to delivering improvement and responding to changed business needs; supply chain management. Railway systems integration, interface with infrastructure and its maintenance and management.
Clare is an experienced operations professional with over 25 years’ experience in driving performance and value of back-office functions for organisations. Clare has a background in finance and company secretarial work, and has a track record of building and leading operational functions to underpin business growth. She is driven by a desire to provide the best working environment and infrastructure to support front-line business activity, putting in place efficient, best practice processes and systems.
Clare has a degree in Classics from the University of Cambridge and qualified as a Chartered Secretary. She has gained her experience in the not for profit and commercial sectors, working across a range of industries.
Outside work, Clare enjoys walking, in London and surrounding countryside, photography and sailing.
David Shipley is a highly accomplished and experienced railway professional. He has extensive knowledge of engineering and design and particularly authorisation for introduction of new and modified vehicles to operate on the UK railway network. He has extensive knowledge of the UK railway network and is experienced in managing high value capital projects both on the customer and supplier side. David has considerable experience of working in the UK rail regulatory structure, particularly in relation to negotiating the hurdles necessary to gain authorisation for new and modified vehicles to operate on the UK railway network. In his time with IPEX so far he has worked on significant projects in vehicle capability, electrification and depot requirements for a variety of operators with differing fleet types.
Gavin is highly experienced across a range of management, performance and engineering roles in rolling stock operations and maintenance. Over his 15 years in rail, Gavin has excelled in delivering a range of projects including product design, development and modification, and business planning and strategy. With a disciplined and organised approach, Gavin is known as a completer-finisher – consistent in meeting deadlines.
Kerry is a highly professional engineer who has gained extensive UK rail experience over her 15-year career in the industry; she has held positions within a rolling stock manufacturer, rolling stock leasing company (ROSCO) and train operating companies (TOCs).
Kerry’s specialisations include: rolling stock procurement: overall bid management; bid strategy; proposal development; project schedule management; customer and stakeholder engagement; proposal authoring; bid assembly; and, bid interface management. Project management: major refurbishment; fleet modification programmes; and, new train mobilisation activities. Rolling stock fleet management: reliability; performance improvements; asset management; maintenance strategy, practice and process; maintenance optimisation; organisational structure; and, maintenance management systems.
Rob is a highly qualified and experienced Chartered Mechanical Engineer with 15 years railway industry experience in the UK and Japan, developing a career specialising in rolling stock fleet management, manufacture and railway systems.
He specialises in rolling stock and fleet management, maintenance strategy, asset management and new train commissioning and service introduction, having gained these skills working at a senior level within a wide range of complex and major business critical roles in the area of depot operations, train maintenance, fleet commercial and management within the UK rail industry.
Rob previously managed all operations at a large train depot serving Northern Rail, TPE, East Coast and Grand Central and more recently successfully delivered a major project in setting up and mobilising to full production rate capacity; the testing and commissioning capability at Hitachi Rail’s new UK train manufacturing facility in County Durham.
Rob is a strategic thinker, drawing on his passion for and extensive experience in both commercial and engineering aspects of railway operations, systems, maintenance and manufacture to develop solutions that are not only practical, achievable and innovative but are also strategically aligned to the customer needs and with an understanding of the human elements and complexities within the rail industry.
He is highly qualified in his field, having gained a first class Mechanical Engineering Degree from the University of Manchester, Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) and a Masters (MSc) in Maintenance Engineering and Asset Management from Manchester University. He is also a Chartered Mechanical Engineer, accredited by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).
Outside of work, Rob enjoys spending quality time and travelling with his wife Jane and son Freddie, he also likes cooking, reading and to maintain good fitness levels by running and playing 5 a side football.
Umar is an experienced Project Manager and Chartered Engineer with over 10 years’ experience in the Rail Industry, starting in a Maintenance and Overhaul environment for a Rolling Stock Manufacturer, following onto consultancy work for New Build Rolling Stock. He has a proven track record in problem solving and delivering customer satisfaction.
His specialisations include: determining project specifications by studying product design, customer requirements, and performance standards while completing technical studies and preparing cost estimates; requirements management to deliver contractual compliance for New Build; heavy overhaul and modification programme management; maintaining schedules by monitoring progress, coordinating activities, managing risk, resolving problems and escalating as required.
Luke is an extremely competent railway professional with over 5 years’ experience in the industry. Having joined Transport for London’s (TfL) graduate scheme, Luke developed his career in railway vehicle engineering for London Underground successfully becoming a Chartered Engineer and Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). While at TfL, Luke led the company’s winning team in the IMechE Railway Challenge. He is currently developing his experience within passenger rolling stock after a period specialising in interoperable plant and engineering vehicles. He is experienced in managing projects and assurance processes through design to delivery, writing specifications to ensure compliance to applicable standards and regulations, development of verification and validation criteria, and disseminating assurance deliverables.
Jack is a capable engineer who has three years’ experience in the rail industry, having started as a graduate with Network Rail before moving to expand his knowledge and specialise in rail systems commercial engineering. He has a broad experience of railway engineering and operations and a sound approach to analysis and problem solving.
He specialises in research and information gathering; data analysis and interpretation; development and documentation of models; optioneering; report writing; and project monitoring and control.
Jack has a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Leeds and is an associate member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
Exceptional, the IPEX team have contributed hugely to the overall bid process, providing ideas, and questioning the approach but always with the aim of adding value. Top Class support, buy in and engagement to our needs. Hitachi Rail Europe