Ricardo strengthens rail team for global growth

Ricardo strengthens rail team for global growth
08 September 2010

Two key appointments will bring world-class skills and experience in signalling and communications, and in rail vehicle power systems – enabling Ricardo to further improve delivery of its advanced technology solutions for rail industry customers.

A well known and respected rail industry professional, Tracey Best joins Ricardo as project director, signalling control, from Invensys Rail where she was head of engineering with accountability for all applications, engineering capability and operations within the Northern European division of the company. Before this she was managing director of Omnicom Engineering Ltd of York, UK, an advanced technology supplier of positional and digital imagery systems to the transportation sector. During a highly distinguished career covering international markets and sectors from high-speed rail to mass transit systems, she has also held positions with Parsons Transportation Group, Alstom Transport Information solutions, and the former British Rail.  A Chartered Engineer, Tracey Best holds a first class BEng in Electronic Control and Information Systems and is married with two children.

Also joining the Ricardo rail team is Jim Buchanan who has been appointed as chief engineer, rail, joining the company from Bombardier Transportation where he was lead engineer for diesel power systems. A specialist in rail vehicle traction technology, he has wide-ranging international experience with a career that has included appointments with Cummins Rail, Brush Traction, Alstom Transport Service, and Rolls-Royce Power Engineering. Jim Buchanan is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, and is also married with two children.

Commenting on these two key appointments Ricardo global rail market sector director Simon Scott said: “I am extremely pleased to welcome Tracey Best and Jim Buchanan to the Ricardo rail team. These appointments add critical mass to our rail business, enabling us to leverage the resources, skills and technologies of the Ricardo organization in a manner that adds significant value for rail industry customers. The fact that we have been able to attract such highly capable individuals to our team is illustrative of the compelling nature of the opportunities that we will be able to exploit for the benefit of our customers and shareholders alike. An example of the new technologies that Ricardo is able to bring to the rail sector is our Kinergy high speed flywheel energy storage device, a unique, maintenance-free, highly compact and energy-dense system which is ideally suited to rail vehicle applications. Tracey, Jim and I will be discussing Kinergy and other Ricardo technologies with potential customers at the Innotrans 2010 trade fair in Berlin commencing on 21 September.”

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