Andrew Tilson - MANAGING DIRECTOR
An experienced Senior Engineering & Commissioning Manager with a proven track record of success spanning 16 years in the rail industry. Providing extensive insight into the development and maintenance of integrated test specifications and robust schedules for both normal and trial operations, validating test specifications and producing handover and safety reports.
A strong pro-active and self-driven leader, providing guidance, coaching, training and mentoring to teams of up to 26 immediate staff from junior to senior competent engineers and operational staff, all working collaboratively to achieve company objectives and individual targets.
Experienced in budget management, test approval, developing and implementing contingency plans to eliminate program failures, risk assessments, commissioning and introduction of assets into service.
I am skilled in relationship management with clients and 3rd parties, chairing progress meetings, development and execution of programme tests and commissioning schedules, resource management, conflict resolution.
Fully knowledgeable of LU & SUP Governance, Engineering Standards, HMRI (ROGS) Regulations, Railway Group and LUL Standards. Active Sponsor in Safety Critical work regimes with knowledge of HSE legislation and HASAW act. Trained auditor and dual qualified Electro / Mechanical Engineer with extensive technical experience on both over-ground and underground EMU’s in Safety Critical positions. Extensive experience in Engineering Change and Engineering Assurance processes, very good knowledge of TSI’s / EN and GMRT standards.
Back in 2007, Meridian Generic Rail was born out of my good fortune and was engaged to deliver one of the first private company contracts for a well known ROSCO. This was successful and career changing. This involved complete Maintenance services for the Class 458, we undertook the routine, defective and introduced the most successful preventative maintenance campaign in UK Rail History.
Since this time, I led Meridian into the introduction of new technologies for the industry, became the principal Engineer for the design and implementation of new and innovative sub-systems on many Classes of rolling Stock. I have been the Lead Engineer on International Type Testing and Homologation Campaigns for which Meridian was engaged as the service provider.
Now with our hand picked Teams, Meridian Generic Rail Limited is a service company that can offer the industry a complete package of works that is unprecedented and second to none.
There is now nothing we cannot take on, facilitate and successfully deliver with confidence. In my spare time I enjoy being an active member of my local Shotokan Karate club, where I hold the rank of 1st Dan.
Fiona Reilly - Company Secretary
Fiona was until recently a Senior Rolling Stock Engineer for Transport for London. Fiona has spent 32 years in the rail industry first working for London Underground as a Buyer/Stock Controller Procuring all materials for the rolling stock assets and depots.
Fiona continued in this role on the Northern line fleet and after being tupeed to Alstom Transport transitioned to the role of Quality Manager for all Metro UK and Ireland fleets.
Fiona moved back to London Underground just over 11 years ago to work in the Engineering Assurance side of the business on the rolling stock fleets. Her primary objective was overseeing that all LU fleets remained compliant with respect to ROGS and LU standards through surveillance, approvals and other assurance processes. Her substantive role also included amongst others providing witness statements and evidence to the legal teams for claims against TfL.
Has much knowledge and experience of Improvement processes including Lean techniques e.g 6 Sigma, Benchmarking as well as IOSH in both Safety and Environment management and ISO9001.
Fiona is a Member of the Chartered Quality Institute and again has many industry related qualifications within her resume including Procurement, Logistics, Quality and Safety Management, Engineering and Project Management.
Was nominated for a Railstaff award for Rail engineer of the year in 2013.
Fiona now takes on a lead role within Meridian not only as an Officer of the Company but as our Head of Product Assurance.