• Andy Barker and Russell Jackson from AECOM join SLC’s board following AECOM’s investment in the company.

SLC Rail, the new rail station specialist, has welcomed two new members to its board – Andy Barker and Russell Jackson – following AECOM’s minority investment in the company.

Andy Barker is Chief Operating Officer for Europe & India at AECOM, where he leads the operations for a team of approximately 12,000 professionals supporting public and private clients across key infrastructure and property sectors including defense, transportation, water, energy as well as all facets of city planning, design and delivery.

Andy has held numerous other senior leadership roles at AECOM, most recently, Managing Director of Environment and Ground Engineering for AECOM’s UK and Ireland businesses.  His background is as an Ecologist and is a Chartered Environmentalist with CIEEM where he sits on several working groups and committees.  He is a long-standing trustee on two nature conservation trusts managing Environmental data and managing land for nature conservation benefit.

Russell Jackson is Global Transit Director at AECOM and is a civil engineer with over 25 years’ experience in executive business management, major project design management and multi-disciplinary engineering of infrastructure projects mostly within the rail sector.

He is a Fellow of the ICE and PWI, holds an MBA from Imperial College London and is a Senior Visiting Research fellow at Bath University. Russell also lectures on Management and Leadership at the Birmingham University Centre for Railway Research and Education.

The deeper relationship between SLC Rail and AECOM comes at a time when rail will play an integral role in both the decarbonisation of the UK’s transport network and the UK Government’s levelling up agenda to build a more balanced economy, improving access to jobs, stimulating economic growth and unlocking housing.

Commenting on the new board appointments, Ian Walters, Managing Director of SLC Rail, said:  “We’re very pleased to welcome Andy and Russell to the SLC Rail board.

“They will both add a wide range of experience and will firmly support the strategic direction of the business as it continues to grow.”