We are proud to announce that Iain Chalker, our Rail Engineering Manager, was presented with a prestigious Major Project Award 2018 from the Royal Academy of Engineering along with a number of colleagues. The award goes out to all involved within the project, in recognition of the collaboration, skill and engineering flair necessary to deliver such a complex, multidisciplinary feat of railway engineering.
This award came about whilst Iain was working in a previous role with Network Rail on The Ordsall Chord Project, which consisted of building a new railway line connecting Manchester’s Piccadilly, Victoria and Oxford Road stations. Iain represented Network Rail as an OLE Project Engineer from 2016 and during his time on the project, Iain had other elements of Electrification, notably SCADA, HV and OLE associated Civils and LV aspects added to his job role.
Starting out as a trainee linesman in 2006, Iain never thought his career would progress in this way. “When I first started in Rail I never understood that what I was doing was Engineering. I was doing the job whilst I figured out what I actually wanted to do with my life. Back then how was I to know that I could have been part of anything like this. I feel so lucky that those around me recognised my potential at the various stages along this journey.”
Iain believes this award could not have been achieved without the hard work, skill and dedication of all those involved. This complex, multidisciplinary feat was delivered collaboratively with thousands of employees coming from a range of companies with them all believing we could change the lives of people in the North of England.
Iain also acknowledges that “it was nice to see Rail Engineering being recognised in the wider community, in the year of Engineering, for such a great achievement and he gives special thanks to the Royal Academy of Engineers for hosting a fantastic awards ceremony.”