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Michael Zeidler

Head of Plant SB Rail

Michael’s railway career began on the Cologne to Frankfurt high speed line in 1999, working in various maintenance and renewals roles as well as project works throughout Germany. After joining Swietelsky in 2006 Michael held a number of positions, including Works Planner and later Track Engineering Manager for SB Rail. Michael is one of Swietelsky’s UK Directors and his JV responsibilities include monitoring our fleet performance.

Graham Atkin

Head of Plant Babcock

Neil Smith

Plant Manager (South)

Neil is an experienced plant manager with over thirty years service in the industry, beginning his career in 1982 with a dual skill apprenticeship in plant maintenance and later gaining an HNC in electronics. Neil oversees the operations and maintenance of eleven on-track machines deployed from Carlisle in the North to High Speed 1 in the South and also has the busy task of managing our Guide Bridge depot.

John Naughton

Plant Manager (North)

John began his career serving an apprenticeship with British Rail in their Regional Plant Depots before moving into various technical and managerial roles. John is responsible for the Operations and Maintenance of SB Rail’s Northern based on-track machine fleet.

Mark Hendry

Kirow Crane Manager

Since joining the Rail industry Mark has held positions spanning maintenance, renewals, planning and asset management. He has been involved in project start-ups as well as steady-state operations of major contracts in the UK and Australia. Mark is responsible for SB Rail’s Kirow crane fleet and crews, delivering complex track and electrification works nationally.


Margaret Hall

Procurement Officer

Margaret’s career experience spans marketing, sales and stock control. As Procurement Officer, Margaret is responsible for processing purchasing transactions for equipment, materials, supplies and services requiring her to liaise with suppliers and maintain accurate records for the JV partners.

Megan Collins


Responsible for ensuring compliance to ROGS Safety Certificate, NWR Licenses and Project SHEQ Management Systems and Procedures.  Monitoring of all sub-contractors employed, ensuring compliance with Safety Legislation and procedures. 

Provides support advisory service on Company Policy, Statutory and Mandatory Regulation on all Safety, Environment and Quality issues and producing reports for Directors and Senior Managers on Safety, Environment and Quality issues that affect SB Rail and Swietelsky.

Angela Boyd

HR Officer

Angela’s career experience began in Payroll and naturally progressed onto HR. Over 25 year’ experience in Construction before venturing into Railways. Angela’s role as HR Officer sees her responsible for all HR and recruitment within the company and ensures all staff are compliant with Company policies and procedures along with effective negotiation skills.

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Chris Tucker

Training Manager

Chris joined the railway as an apprentice in 2003 and since then has worked with a variety of on-track machines, specialising in tampers. Chris is responsible for providing day-to-day technical support for operations and maintenance as well as the introduction of new machines, including training and assessment on our latest 09-4×4 Dynamic tampers.


Mark Kavanagh

Depot Supervisor

Mark has worked on the railway since 2005 as an OTM driver, operator and fitter, having previously served with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers for seventeen years. Mark oversees the running of SB Rail’s Workshop in Guide Bridge carrying out servicing, repairs and overhaul works on our OTM fleet.

Mark Koo

Technical Manager

Mark has spent his working life in the rail industry and after completing a British Rail Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Apprenticeship he moved into railway plant gaining extensive experience in the operation and maintenance of on-track machines as a Field Service Engineer and Machine Operator.

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