Carlisle appoints Director of Rail Strategy in support of the industry

14th December 2022

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Key support service provider, Carlisle Support Services, appoints a Director of Rail Strategy in support of the industry as the sector continues to modernise and move forward.

Carlisle is currently in contractual relationships with 13 of the UK Train Operating Companies and employs over 2,000 employees to support the country’s critical national infrastructure. Their involvement in the sector is varied and key to its operating success, with duties ranging from Train Dispatch to Revenue Protection / Security, Cleaning and wider Facilities Support Services.

Paul Evans, Chief Executive Officer for Carlisle Support Services said:

“We eagerly await the introduction of Great British Railways who will oversee the strategic direction of the industry. Working alongside Train Operating Companies, Network Rail and the Department for Transport, it is clear that there will be a need for all parties to collaborate and move forwards in the achievement of common goals that add value to all involved, none more so than the UK rail passengers.”

In support of these changes, Steve Cere is appointed as Director of Rail Strategy to play an active part in moulding the industry operating landscape. The role will oversee the continuous development of solutions Carlisle currently provides the industry, ensuring they empower the sector to grow efficiently at the desired speed.

Steve has worked in the Rail sector for over 20 years, having previously worked for Virgin Trains within their Station Management community, before joining Carlisle as Contract Manager for their TransPennine Express Cleaning contact, then moving on to lead the company’s successful Revenue Protection and Security contracts with Northern Trains. Immediately prior to this appointment, Steve was the Managing Director for their North division, where his teams oversaw services on behalf of several other TOCs.

On his appointment, Steve said:

“Rail is an industry people come to love very quickly and I am certainly no different having spent most of my working life within the sector. As we look ahead, I believe Carlisle is well placed to develop its current offering and I am excited to be given the opportunity to play a part in shaping this. A key element of this will be through the provision of customer focused, people-based services which continually evolve through innovation and new technology in step with the modernisation of rail in the United Kingdom.”

Paul Evans concludes:

“As an employer of c.5,000 employees with national coverage, we are well positioned to support the UK Rail Industry in its exciting new chapter. I look forward to working with Steve over the coming times ahead and supporting him in the positioning of Carlisle as the continued partner of choice for support services across the UK rail sector.”

About Carlisle Support Services

Carlisle Support Services is a leading supplier of value-added solutions to chosen niche markets. Employing c. 5,000 people, we focus on the provision of cleaning, security, events, and retail facilities support services. We partner with our clients in long-term relationships to deliver sustainable service innovations and operating efficiencies. Continuous improvement in service quality standards is built into all Carlisle business solutions.

Our business aim is to create business efficiencies, which translate into an improvement in shareholder and stakeholder value.

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