The appointment of a Lead Engineer is set to help UKTram deliver on ambitious plans to boost the growth of light rail across the country.

With a wealth of engineering experience, including two decades working in light rail, Phillip Terry has joined the sector’s representative organisation and will be responsible for driving a series of key initiatives.

James Hammett, UKTram Managing Director, explained: “We are delighted to welcome Phillip to the organisation as we look to deliver objectives set out in our recently published three-year business plan.

“His broad experience will prove invaluable as we forge closer partnerships with stakeholders to support innovation, share best practice and explore new technology that will ultimately help remove the barriers to sector expansion.”

Phillip has joined UKTram from Nottingham Trams Limited, where he held the position of Technical Support Manager.

He first started working on Nottingham’s tram network in 2002 as one of six Infrastructure Technicians responsible for new light rail track, power, signalling, supervisory, control and communication systems.

In the years that followed, he completed an MSC in Railway Systems Engineering and Integration from Birmingham University, led the expansion of Nottingham’s Wilkinson Street depot and played an important role during the city’s Phase 2 tram expansion project. One particular area of expertise for Phillip is overhead line maintenance, and he recently completed a PWI Electrification Engineering Diploma.

Following his appointment, Phillip said: “I’m looking forward to sharing my experience of asset maintenance and management while fulfilling a desire to learn, improve standards and assist in the implementation and sharing of best practice. 

“I am delighted to be able to do this as part of the UKTram team alongside our stakeholders from across the light rail sector.”