Following its successful takeover of Bombardier Transportation, Alstom has announced that Nick Crossfield will remain as managing director for the UK & Ireland, the role he held with Alstom before the acquisition, which was completed on 29 January.
The newly enlarged Alstom is the UK’s leading private sector rail company, responsible for supporting around 67% of the UK’s rail fleet and employing over 6,000 people, mainly based in the East Midlands and the North of England. This figure includes 2,000 people at the facility in Derby, the largest train factory in the country, and the Alstom technology centre at Widnes.
Nick, who had previously worked as managing director of Siemens Rail Automation UK, managing director of Invensys Rail and director of contract and procurement at Network Rail, joined Alstom in 2015 as managing director of train control. He successfully led the integration of Signalling Solutions Limited into Alstom’s UK and Ireland business and secured Alstom’s largest-ever UK signalling contract for the full re-signalling of the Great Western main line between Reading and Paddington.
Speaking of his reappointment, Nick Crossfield said: “Alstom UK and Ireland is in a great position to deliver even more for our customers as the Bombardier acquisition adds scale, a wider range of products and greater capability. I am delighted and honoured to be leading us on the next step of the journey.”
He added that, in both UK and Ireland, the appetite for sustainable mobility has never been greater, and Alstom is well placed to deliver the widest range of smart solutions in the rail market, from innovative high-speed rolling stock, metros and trams to maintenance, modernisation, infrastructure and signalling.
Alstom has also announced that Nick’s counterpart at Bombardier Transportation, Matt Byrne, who was Bombardier’s president for the UK & Ireland, will become Alstom’s new global head of services, based in Derby.
Matt, who holds a degree in Finance and Economics from the University of Manchester, joined Bombardier in 2000, holding various senior leadership positions before becoming head of the Global Services business in 2016. He was appointed president of the UK Region of Bombardier Transportation and chairman of Bombardier Transportation UK in October 2019.