Rail Forum East Midlands Board

  • Paul Francis

    Chair
    In his ‘day job’ Paul has been Managing Director of Derby based Porterbrook Leasing for 16 years; during this time Porterbrook has been very successful in securing a wide range of new train orders as well as attractive commercial deals for provision of maintenance on its rolling stock. Paul also sits on the executive of the Rail Supply Group which brings government and industry together to promote and develop the UK rail supply chain.
  • Michele Craven-Faulkner

    Vice-Chair
    In her ‘day job’ Michelle is a Director within Geldards Commerce and Technology Department. She joined Geldards from Nelsons following several years contracting experience with Alstom Transport covering projects across the whole of the UK. Michelle has experience across all aspects of rail having been involved with supporting the manufacturing, renovation, service and parts supply functions, together with West Coast Mainline, Northern & Jubilee Line and Light Rail Projects. She also advised on regulatory matters including management of Depot Licences and has particular expertise in rail industry agreements, regulation and funding.
  • Colin Walton

    President
    In his ‘day job’ Colin is a Partner in C S Walton Consulting Ltd. He is also President of the Light Rapid Transit Forum and was the inaugural Chair of the Local Enterprise Partnership for Derby and Derbyshire and Nottingham and Nottinghamshire (D2N2). He is also East Midlands Chair for The Prince’s Trust, sits on the All-England council and is a past Chairman of the Railway Industry Association.

RFEM Executive Team

  • Barry Aldridge

    Marketing Manager at Tidyco
  • Donna Bickley

    Managing Director at Inside Out Group
  • Kevin Williams

    Councillor at Derbyshire County Council
  • Kevin Hepworth

    Unite Regional Legal Officer at Unite the Union
  • Andrew Pritchard

    Director of Policy & Infrastructure at East Midlands Councils
  • Anna Ince

    Chief Executive Officer at Resonate
  • Peter Roberts

    Managing Director at Signal House Group
  • Matt Colclough

    Operations Director at Bombardier
  • Catherine Appleby

    Rail Trade Advisor at Department for International Trade
  • David Ralph

    Chief Executive at D2N2 LEP
  • Lawrence Bowman

    Commercial Director at East Midlands Trains
  • David Taylor

    Managing Director at Datum Composites
  • Martin Rawson

    Councillor at Derby City Council
  • Neil Henry

    Head of Operations and Performance at Network Rail
  • Rupert Brennan-Brown

    PR Consultant - Director at Rail Positive Relations
  • David Brookes

    Observer - Business Development Manager at Elite KL