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Atkins, one of the world's leading design, engineering and project management consultancies, has made three new senior appointments to its Transportation team, further boosting its capability in the rail market.

Scott Kelley has been appointed market director for Strategic Rail. He has spent the last ten years in the Atkins Infrastructure division, most recently in the role of divisional project delivery director.

Of the move, he said: "The rail market is experiencing an unprecedented degree of change and I am looking forward to leading our highly motivated and capable team, as we help our clients to navigate the complex challenges which they face."

Scott has significant experience of overseeing large scale infrastructure projects and has worked on several notable programmes of work, including the West Coast Route Modernisation Programme, Doha Metro Gold Line, Dartford Area Resignalling Scheme and the Metronet Station Upgrade Programme.

In his 14-year career at Atkins, Scott has helped win several key bids for Atkins, including the multiple award-winning Birmingham Gateway Project, which transformed Birmingham New Street station, and the ambitious ITER energy project in France. Prior to joining Atkins, Scott worked in key delivery roles for the former Strategic Rail Authority (now the Department for Transport) and Railtrack (now Network Rail).

Scott is a Chartered Engineer, a member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and holds a Master's Degree in Construction Engineering from Cambridge University.

Mark Fielding-Smith joins the team as client director for digital rail products and services. Mark brings a wealth of expertise in digital transformation in rail, including the integration of disruptive technologies, ranging from digital signalling, cyber security and analytics to asset management, workforce and passenger mobility solutions.

Mark will focus on leveraging the potential of digital to deliver greater efficiency, reliability, agility and security to the design, build, operation and maintenance of all aspects of UK and European railways.

Mark said: "I look forward to drawing together the impressive array of capabilities and solutions across Atkins, our partners and supply chain, to deliver digital rail and Intelligent Mobility solutions which deliver significant value for our clients. It is an exciting time in the rail industry and our breadth of expertise, combined with our ongoing investment in innovation, positions us uniquely to deliver the digital acceleration required to meet the ever-increasing demand for safer, more efficient, co-ordinated and resilient railway operations."

Prior to joining Atkins, Mark worked for several leading systems integrators and railway operators, including BAE Systems and London Underground.

As operations director for Signalling, Steve Owens will oversee the design, engineering, construction, testing and commissioning of signalling systems across the UK rail network.

Steve said: "I look forward to further developing Atkins signalling offer, which includes its signature future signalling systems by Atkins service, to enable our clients to provide a better travel experience for the public. We are able to draw on an extensive range of technologies, both digital and conventional, to provide the right solutions for our clients."

Prior to re-joining Atkins, Steve was Commercial Director of Systra UK's engineering business. He spent the previous ten years in senior operational and commercial roles within Transportation at Atkins' Strategic Rail business.

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For more information

Buckley, Francesca

External Communications Manager, Transportation
+44 7799  09 0226

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