Rail Safety Summit 2018

Advisory Board

Meet the Advisory Board for this event

Information regarding the Advisory Board for this event will be coming shortly…

Colin Wheeler

Colin Wheeler

Rail Media, Writer

Colin joined British Rail Eastern Region in York as a graduate in 1967. He went on to work in Leeds, York, Sheffield, and Manchester, where as the divisional civil engineer for Manchester and Liverpool he devolved the division into two.

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After a brief spell with Intercity back in York, TUPE took Colin to Balfour Beatty Rail from where he managed the Track Safety Strategy Group for three years. Whilst working as a consultant after retirement, Colin chaired the Rail Industry Contractors Association for 13 years and was the first editor of The Rail Engineer magazine in 2003.


Colin won the “Wing Award” for track safety in 2006 and still writes a published column on railway safety that is published each month in RailStaff. 


Colin is a director of the Robert Stephenson Trust and continues as a professional reviewer for aspirant civil engineers seeking fellowship of the Institution of Civil Engineers or chartered and incorporated professional status.


As a non-executive director of the Permanent Way Institution, Colin is using his experience in re-focussing the PWI and increasing its relevance to those working in the rail infrastructure today. Hence the pursuit of accreditation with the Council of Engineering Institutions and now his thoughts are turning to how it can increase the appeal of the Institution to the many commercial businesses now involved as well as all the rail infrastructure owners. For more than a decade, Colin ran his own railway engineering consultancy prior to his retirement three years ago.