Duncan Wilkins, currently engineering director at Trenitalia C2C, is joining train leasing company Porterbrook as its new head of fleet services (south).
Will 30 years of front-line operational and rolling stock experience behind him – he started his career as a British Rail apprentice at Reading before finally becoming engineering director at South West Trains and then at C2C – Duncan will take on responsibility for Porterbrook rolling stock operating with GTR, Great Western Railway, C2C, Chiltern, Greater Anglia and South Western Railway, as well as freight customers and Network Rail.
He will lead a team of highly skilled fleet asset managers, fleet support engineers and technical support engineers who are mainly out-stationed at customers’ depots. Duncan will report to Porterbrook’s Fleet Services Director, Neil Foster.
As well as being the engineering support lead for Porterbrook customers, Duncan will also work with the internal commercial team to enhance the portfolio of products and services designed to support passenger and freight train operators on a day-to-day basis.
Jason Groombridge, Porterbrook’s director of engineering services, said, “I am delighted that Duncan has decided to join the business. He brings a wealth of front-line operating experience and expertise; skills that will help Porterbrook continue our absolute focus on partnerships designed to deliver a more reliable and sustainable railway.”