Chris has achieved a great amount in a distinguished career that began just a few years ago in 1998.
He started as a Trainee Technical Engineer with Centrac (now Carillion), where he studied for a BTEC in Civil Engineering whilst gaining valuable on-the-job training. He soon gained his first promotion to Supervisor/Site Manager, delivering major S&C renewals works on the West Coast Mainline. His career continued to develop at a great pace at companies including Network Rail and Babcock Rail.
Having amassed a wealth of valuable industry experience over the next few years, Chris decided it was time to pursue his growing ambition to improve on the practices and procedures of the companies he’d worked for. In 2011, he formed Haigh Rail Ltd, where he is Managing Director. In just four years, he has worked with some of the industry’s biggest clients, including Network Rail, Siemens, Atkins and Buckingham Group.
Haigh Rail Ltd’s recently-created welding division has added a valuable extra provision. With a rapidly-expanding client portfolio, it is already making a name for itself as one of the industry’s foremost providers of high-quality, safe and inspected welding services.
Mick is a proven, all-round professional with 36 years of railway experience. In that time, he has gained a formidable skill set and is equally at home on major nationalP-Way renewals, small private heritage railways or crane projects.
He has worked as Welding Manager or Head of Welding at a number of high-profile organisations including British Rail, Trackwork Ltd, Carillion and Renown Railway Consultants Ltd.
At Haigh Rail Ltd, where Mick has worked since 2014, he is responsible for workforce development, with the aim of offering the best welding, grinding and inspection services in the rail industry. He is also responsible for supporting client health and safety file traceability hand back.
For Mick, safety is a priority on every job, through Implementation of Life saving rules. He also firmly believes that teamwork, respect and trust are essential requirements for success.
Dan has 17 years’ experience on the UK’s railways, proving himself to be a highly effective Project Manager and delivering success on a number of high-profile projects within the P-Way division.
He began his career at Balfour Beatty Rail Maintenance and Jarvis Maintenance, moving to GrantRail as Assistant Project Manager. Since then he has worked at Carillion Rail, Babcock Rail and Amey Sersa – handling a wide range of multi-disciplinary projects including S&C renewals and P-Way engineering.
Working on a number of high-profile projects, Dan has achieved several industry accolades during his career, including the award for Rail Civil Engineering Project of the Year 2005 (for work to link the Birmingham and Leicester lines).
Dan joined Haigh Rail Ltd. in March 2015 and looks forward to employing his vast industry experience to help the company to go from strength to strength.
Claire is a qualified accountant and joined Haigh Rail in 2015 to lead the finance and commercial functions, having amassed a wealth of rail industry knowledge whilst working for transport infrastructure giant Siemens.
Claire’s rail career commenced in 2006, having served her early accounts apprenticeship in the engineering sector with Invensys Rail (now Siemens) in the company’s Birmingham Office. In her role as Assistant Project Accountant, she managed a portfolio of projects each with a potential value of up-to £3m.
Promotion swiftly ensued in 2010, as Claire was then moved onto Project Accountant status for a number of individual schemes up-to £30m, which involved reporting to the Senior Management team at Siemens’ Birmingham and Manchester regional bases.
As a result of Claire’s hard work and abilities, she was promoted to a senior accountancy role with Siemens, which involved mentoring and managing accountancy staff and acting as an advisor to the board as required. Within a year, Claire became Regional Finance Manager, managing a large portfolio and a complete finance unit.
Claire moved on from the business in 2015, excited by the prospect of joining a new, fast growing contractor in Haigh Rail; with her corporate experience at a senior level, Claire is looking to drive the necessary fiscal efficiencies into Haigh Rail in support of its growth plans.
Keiran is a dynamic resourcing professional with a high-profile background.
He leads Haigh Resourcing – Haigh Rail’s civils and labour division – and reports directly to Managing Director Chris Haigh, with full operational and P&L responsibility for his division.
A background of engineering underpins Keiran’s infrastructure industry credentials, which started nearly two decades ago when he joined Carillion’s rail systems business. Progressing through the ranks at Carillion, Keiran worked extensively for the track business as part of a team, delivering some of the most important rail projects in the Midlands and North West of England.
Moving into a managerial role in 2004, Keiran was promoted to the position of Resource and Planning Manager to plan and manage the manpower and project resources across Carillion Plc’s UK rail infrastructure portfolio. His role facilitated a number of efficiency drives, including helping to co-ordinate the introduction of new rail plant alternatives from Sweden to the UK.
Keiran departed Carillion in 2007 following completion of a HNC in Civil Engineering as a well-rounded resourcing and logistics professional, and joined Morson International for a two-year period as a Senior Rail Consultant managing the Midlands branch. During this time, Keiran successfully managed a number of high-profile clients in the rail industry.
Since 2009, Keiran has been Business Development Manager at APB Group, responsible for the development of the entire portfolio across the organisation’s rail and civil engineering sectors. Keiran helped to grow the business by seeking out new opportunities and pricing and managing resourcing solutions from labour supply and safety-critical rail staff to pricing and managing package civil engineering works for the highway, rail, construction and heritage build sectors.
Chris joined Haigh Rail in 2017 to lead its Traffic Management Division. He is a traffic management professional with both practical and managerial experience, having held a number of posts within the traffic management sector since departing the armed forces in 2012, where Chris was a Guardsman for the 1st Battalion Irish Guards for seven years.
His experience covers both fleet and contracts management and he is a fully qualified 12A and 12B foreman. Chris also has extensive knowledge in traffic management on 12A, B & D projects and he is fully inducted on Area 10 highways. This experience comes from previous supervisory appointments with Atlas Traffic Management, Roadside Group and Amberon.
Chris also has excellent written and verbal communication skills, giving him the ability to deal with stakeholders at all levels, from the public to Local Authorities – planning road closures and making traffic management arrangements for multiple ongoing major projects against stringent deadlines is part of everyday life for Chris.
During his work, Chris’s has received many plaudits, one such recommendation came from a film production company, where he was asked to plan traffic management arrangements for film shoots. Chris, has subsequently developed a specialism in this area and has since had the opportunity to work with a number of film production companies off the back of his outstanding work.
Having established a loyal client base with both a collaborative and innovative style of working, Chris looks forward to leading Haigh’s Traffic Management Division onto bigger things. By using the experience he has gained so far, including managing staff, scheduling resources, allocating tasks and monitoring performance, he looks forward to delivering forward thinking traffic management solutions, in a safe and secure manner.
Trevor Whitehead is Haigh Rail’s Business Support Manager.
With over two decades of railway operational experience, Trevor will utilise his vast multi-faceted know-how to support the company’s fleet management and also develop plant training – building upon Haigh Rail’s NSAR accredited rail training and occupational health offering.
Trevor will be delivering a range of small plant training courses, for both internal staff and external clients at a venue and a time that suits the need of each individual business. The target is to eliminate time constraints and provide a unique and outstanding value for money service. As a plant training innovator, Trevor always uses the very latest methods to ensure that each candidate receives the very best training and is aiming to deliver both flexible and tailored training solutions.
Trevor will also be tasked with supporting and growing the sales and development of Haigh Rail’s diverse business portfolio that includes divisions in; Track Renewals and Maintenance, Welding, Civil Engineering, Vegetation Management, Haulage, Traffic Management and Training.
Whilst working closely with the divisional leaders to manage Haigh Rail’s large fleet of vehicles, Trevor will also be hoping to increase awareness of each divisional offering to both existing clients and also open dialogue with new prospects.
Steve was recruited in 2018 as Rail Trainer for Haigh Rail’s training division – Haigh Training.
Haigh Training provides market leading rates for its acclaimed and high-quality accredited rail training, which covers mandatory rail certification, tool and small plant training, permanent way training and first aid.
Steve is an experienced rail and plant training professional and has held various training positions during his career including 15 years cumulatively with both British Rail and Carillion, as a Track Safety & Plant Trainer and a Training Manager. He also had 3 years with Babcock as Training Manager and just prior to joining Haigh Training, worked for 2 years setting up APB’s training school.
In his role at Haigh Training, Steve will be focusing upon selling rail training to external customers, whilst also taking care of any internal rail training requirements for Haigh Rail and its extensive business operations.
Steve supported the business through its successful NSAR accreditation process and he is now part of a team that is further developing the current offering to cover Permanent Way training in addition to the mandatory rail certification.
Steve and his team provide training courses from dedicated training facilities in both Preston and Doncaster and always uses the very latest teaching methods and software. He can also train off-site at customer premises – to provide flexible and tailored training solutions.
Steve aims to provide an exciting alternative in the rail training market in the North West, the North East and beyond; providing a fantastic offering to support both Haigh Rail’s internal requirements, but more importantly the wider rail business community.