The Team

Our Team…

The team is made up of qualified experienced colleagues who work well together for the completion of the projects for our clients. They support and compliment each other in their many talents.

Want to join us?

To build upon our continued recent and ongoing successes we are looking towards further growth of our team and would be interested to hear from competent Railway Signalling Engineers for a variety of positions with in the company, who have a broad base of experience.

Good communication skills and an ability to prepare effective written material are essential.

Membership of the IRSE would be desirable.

If you think you possess the right qualities and would like to discuss the potential of working with us, please send your cv to admin@kilbornconsutling.co.uk or contact us on 01933 279909.

We are a flexible organisation and applications from those requiring full or part-time positions, on a permanent or contract basis would all be considered.

Paul McSharry Eng MIET MIRSE CMgr MCMI MIoD

Managing Director, Principal Signalling Engineer and Professional Head of Signalling and Telecoms

A professional railway signalling engineer and systems engineer with over 40 years experience (25 years at Senior Level), having effective project management, project engineering and communication skills. He is experienced in system specification, design and application of both modern and traditional signalling systems as part of both renewal and enhancement projects.  He has extensive experience of undertaking Design Manager, CRE and RDE roles on signalling infrastructure projects.

Paul has experience of electromagnetic capability and systems campatability issues, implementation of safety critical processor based systems, safety assessment as well as safety and product approval processes. He also has experience of track renewal and track replacement projects and has developed key skills in the area of multi disciplinary co-ordination and co-operation.

Paul holds an IRSE Licence in the Senior Engineering Manager (Design) Category (7.8.230Ev2).

Paul is a Member of the Railway Supply Group (RSG) SME Council; a Member of the Rail Industry Association (RIA) SME Group; and an IRSE Mentor under the IRSE Mentoring Scheme.

Ian Ross TMIET

Senior Signalling Engineer

Ian is a Railway Signalling and Telecomms Engineer with 33 years experience in the UK Rail Industry, including extensive experience in signalling project and asset management, maintenance and faulting, on a wide range of signalling systems.

Most recently engaged in carrying out a variety of Project Management and Design Development roles, including those with CRE responsibility for delivery and management of various projects.  Ian is also a Signal Sighting Committee Member and has conducted a large number of Level Crossing Risk Assessments.

Ian holds an IRSE Licence – Engineering Manager (Project Engineering) 7.8.110Fv2 No.00066307.

Ian Newbold MSc AMRISE

Senior Signalling Engineer

Coming from a railway family, Ian started his railway career over 40 years ago as a braking systems development engineer then, after a period away from the mainstream railway industry, when he was involved in both the operations management and engineering aspects of the heritage sector, he subsequently became involved in rail terminal operations management and motive power provision, maintenance and overhaul. In addition, he was responsible for the training and assessment of shunting locomotive drivers and ground staff. Ian has a breadth of cross-discipline knowledge and understanding that is often lacking today and permits him to look cross functionally.

His signalling experience, primarily up to and including GRIP Stage 4, covers from survey and correlation work, signalling equipment compatibility assessments and EMC studies, through to the production of client focused reports (OPS, FPS, TODFA, SORA, cable route reports, etc.) and the generation of Signalling Scheme Plans. He has worked both as a member of a team or has undertaken all aspects of projects himself. His willingness and ability to look in depth and determine underlying issues, coupled with a genuine client focused approach, is an asset in such cases. He has acted in a client facing role in numerous meetings and workshops and has the ability to interact with people at differing levels of an orgnisation.

Mark Styles AMIRSE

Senior Engineer

A professional railway signalling engineer with over 43 years experience (and 12 years at Senior Level with Kilborn Consulting), having effective project management, project engineering and communication skills.

After a 20 year stint in the operational and maintenance realms of signalling experience Mark diverted into the specialism of Technical Competency Management and has mostly recently been managing these processes on Kilborn’s behalf for some of the major suppliers of contingent S&T labour to the UK railway market ,as well as Eurostar, and he is charged with day to day management of their processes, creating assessment programmes and carrying out Workplace and Competence Assessments of staff, as programmed, for IRSE Licensing and Equipment Specific/ Authority To Work purposes.

Having been exposed to site conditions during the early part of his career and latterly with the Competency Management requirements, Mark has utilised his vast experience and knowledge to conduct and manage many of the Correlation and Condition Surveys as required by Kilborn’s commissions and he has a very good knowledge of the railway infrastructure of England.

Mark is also an experienced Quality Auditor and carries out Kilborn’s internal audits prior to their annual RISQS Audit.

Mark holds an IRSE Licence in the Engineering Manager (Project Engineering) category (7.8.110F v3.).

Kimberley Chang MSc AMIRSE

Signalling Principles Design Engineer

Kimberley has over twenty years’ experience in the transport industry since obtaining a Master’s degree in Mathematics and passed the IRSE Professional Qualification in 2018. Key experience within the railway industry includes the preparation of signalling scheme sketches and plans, bonding design, circuit design, signalling risk assessment, report writing and correlation activities.

In addition, she is currently serving as a member of the IRSE Exam Module A Examiners Committee.

Kimberley holds IRSE Licences in the Signalling Principles Designer (1.1.550v5) and Signalling Design Verifier (1.1.160v5) categories.

Stephen Persaud AMIRSE

Signalling Principles Design Engineer

Stephen is a  Signalling engineer with 34 years experience ranging from Maintenance, Installation, Testing and Design He has worked with various pieces of signalling equipment, programmes and processes throughout his career. His main strengths are SSI interlockings and detailed design, but he has a good awareness of other systems including mechanical & RRI interlockings. Additionally he is proficient in using Microstation and plans CAD software,

Stephen is AMIRSE member of the IRSE and also and holds IRSE Licences in the Signalling Principles Designer (1.1.550v5) and Signalling Design Verifier (1.1.160v5) categories.

Joanne Down BSc

Senior Design Engineer

Joanne has 18 years experience of working within the rail industry, having been employed by Kilborn Consulting since 2001.  She has experience assisting with various elements within the life cycle of a signalling project and is currently involved in the production of both detailed and scheme designs.

Joanne is currently working towards an IRSE Licence in the category of Assistant Signalling Designer (1.1.500).

Sarah Maplesden BEng AMIRSE MIET MWES

Senior Signalling Design Engineer

Sarah has over 12 years’ experience in railway signalling and holds an IRSE Licence in the category of Signalling Designer (1.1.510).  Sarah joined the team in August 2020.

Sarah’s main key experience is within mainline signalling design including production of scheme plans, location area plans, bonding plans, aspect sequence charts, cable schematics, cable plans and detailed design drawings.

Sarah is a mentor for the Women’s Engineering Society MentorSet programme and a STEM Ambassador.

She is currently working towards achieving professional registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Shazad Bux BSc MA MIET

Signalling Design Engineer

Shazad is a professional signalling design engineer with over seven years’ experience in the railway industry since obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics. He has developed his knowledge and understanding of signalling principles and processes whilst completing a Master’s in Professional Development in 2018, demonstrating self-motivation, organisation, and time management skills.

Shazad holds an IRSE Licence in the category of Signalling Designer (1.1.510) and as such has been involved in the production of numerous detailed design drawings. Key experience within the railway industry includes, TSR/ESR designs with design risk assessments, location case designs, panel patch designs, scheme sketches & design logs.

In addition, Shazad has some basic knowledge on Smartlock Interlocking as he has produced designs such as scheme data, sub route diagrams, map search diagrams, axle counter cable schematics as well as auto testing for the product using systems such as Test Environment & Support System.

Paresh Lad

Senior CAD Technician

As a CAD Technician Paresh has been involved in a number of design engineering sectors in the various positions he has held, such as Cycleway Scheme, Highways Drainage, Highways Signs & Lining, Rail & Infrastructure and Upgrade of Rail Level Crossing equipment & its Users (motorists, cyclists & people). This broad range of experience has enabled him to develop key skills and knowledge within these sectors.

Paresh has extensive experience using the various AutoCAD 2D and basic knowledge of 3D modelling. He is also proficient in the use of Microstation V8i/ Connect and has very good experience in 2D and basic knowledge in 3D modelling with this package.

Aside from these engineering packages, he has extensive experience using Microsoft Excel, Word, Outlook, Access & PowerPoint.

The broad range of major projects that he has worked on are:-

  • Allerton Bywater Millennium Community
  • Nottingham City Council Cycle Scheme
  • Manchester Metrolink
  • Level Crossing Upgrade – Derby to Stoke, East Nottingham & Syston to Peterborough
  • East Coast Mainline Power Supply Upgrade
  • Etruria Valley Link Road
  • Birmingham Metro
  • Level Crossing Upgrade for Northumberland Line

Daniel McSharry

Assistant Signalling Design Engineer Apprentice

Having joined Kilborn as an apprentice in January 2020 with no experience in railways or engineering, Daniel has been involved in numerous projects involving scheme plans, location case design, ESR/TSR design, Signal Sighting Assessments, and more. Now an embedded member of the design team, Daniel is working towards IRSE Licence 1.1.500 (Assistant Signalling Designer) and hopes to attain this in 2022. Daniel continues to not only learn quickly but also contributes in notable ways to major projects, working with and supporting his colleagues at all times with a keen attitude.

Mohamed Jamac MSc AMIRSE

Assistant Signalling Design Engineer Apprentice

Having joined Kilborn as an apprentice in January 2020 with no experience in railways or engineering, Daniel has been involved in numerous projects involving scheme plans, location case design, ESR/TSR design, Signal Sighting Assessments, and more. Now an embedded member of the design team, Daniel is working towards IRSE Licence 1.1.500 (Assistant Signalling Designer) and hopes to attain this in 2022. Daniel continues to not only learn quickly but also contributes in notable ways to major projects, working with and supporting his colleagues at all times with a keen attitude.

Martin Hughes BSc (Hons) AMIRSE MIET

Senior Telecoms Engineer

Martin is a Telecoms Engineer with 10 years experience in the Railway Telecommunications industry. He has experience of dealing in all aspect of the Rail Telecoms asset lifecycle, from original concept through development, design, installation, test and commissioning.

Paul Mann BSC (Hons), Dip. He Theology

Senior Signalling Engineer & Signal Sighting Chair

Paul is a Chartered Engineer, Paul has 36 years rail industry experience as a Signal Engineer.

Paul’s experience includes Professional Heal of Signal Engineering with both Network Rail and Atkins, safety verification of new/altered transport systems, incident investigation, audit of railway systems, assessment of signal infrastructure condition and development of business plans for medium and long-term renewal and enhancement.

Having attained the ‘A1’ Standard of Assessment qualification, Paul is able to undertake Work Place Assessments and Competence Assessments for IRSE Licences in the Engineering Manager (7.8.110) and Senior Engineering Manager (7.8.230) ranges.

Christopher Francis-Beck MEng

Principal Signal Engineer & Signal Sighting Chair

In July 2014 Christopher graduated from Bristol University with a first-class honour Master’s Degree in Engineering Mathematics. Consequently, Christopher can innovate and solve a wide variety of logical engineering problems. Christopher’s time at University was followed by 6.5 years at Arup working as a Signalling Engineer where he took on a range of novel designs requiring multidisciplinary interaction and direct interactions with the client. During this time, Christopher diversified his skill set by undertaking railway operations work, applying my degree to solve a range of issues for Train Operating Companies (TOC’s), Network Rail and other railway stakeholders.

While Christopher was employed as a signalling engineer, he also undertook a variety of work to learn and then advise on a large number of railway operations, from understanding the requirements of ROGS and Safety Management Systems to the practicalities of railway operations, such as shunting, driving and signalling in the frontline service.