Who we are

Experienced rail professionals; trusted partners.

When you ask our clients, what makes SLC Rail different, you’ll find that it all comes back to our people. We attract exceptional people who are passionate about rail and have experience from all parts of the industry. We are proud to be trusted as true partners throughout the project lifecycle.

SLC Rail is a medium-sized, independent rail consultancy of 10 years’ standing, founded by its Managing Director and operated by a team of rail professionals with a wealth of experience and expertise across a wide variety of environments and disciplines.

We have a permanent staff of strategy developers, project managers, planners and engineers. We can also call upon a large portfolio of associates with an impressive range of specialist skills. Our dedicated property division specialises in negotiating complex land deals and commercial contracts, consents and permissions.

We believe in nurturing talent and investing in individuals, providing formal training and encouraging people to acquire new skills and follow their ambitions.

Our people enjoy being active in their communities and we are keen to support staff in volunteering, fund-raising and awareness building for local, national and international causes.

Adrian Shooter

With extensive experience at the highest levels of the rail industry, Adrian provides strategic guidance and keeps the business focused on delivering high levels of customer service.

Ian Walters

Founder and co-owner of SLC Rail, Ian remains hand-ons, supporting clients with his expertise in innovative structuring and funding of third-party rail infrastructure projects.

Julie Abbott

Julie is a property expert, with over 25 years’ experience developing land strategies, navigating industry processes and negotiating agreements for rail development schemes.

Sam Uren

A Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Sam brings over 20 years’ experience of leading multidisciplinary rail engineering projects, from design through to delivery.

Ian Baxter

With extensive knowledge of rail policy, operations and markets, Ian helps clients develop incisive strategies and schemes that win the support of rail industry stakeholders.

Helen Smith

A qualified accountant with 25 years’ experience, Helen ensures business processes, reporting and risk frameworks give clients and stakeholders tight control over project budgets.

Paul Fountaine

Paul is a highly effective major projects and programme director with over 25 years’ experience of delivering complex engineering and rail infrastructure projects.

Nathan Campsall

A Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Nathan has led large infrastructure programmes, providing strategic direction and effective communication, from feasibility to entry into service.