Meet The Team


All Finance Rail Senior Team Management
  • Name:  Mark Mason
    Job Title:  Managing Director

    Mark began his career in the Rail industry working on various sites throughout the UK. After having 12 successful years working in the rail sector, Mark decided to set up Civil Rail Solutions, with a clear vision to supply a more bespoke and personal Labour service to the industry.

    Mark is still very involved on a day to day basis at CRS, and quite often is seen on site visiting clients, whilst flying the CRS flag.
    Mark possesses entrepreneurial flair and has recently seen the CRS business celebrate it’s 10th anniversary, after starting the company back in November of 2008. Throughout this time the business has seen tremendous year on year growth, and this is mainly due to Mark’s dedication and constant drive within the business to make CRS one of the leading Rail labour suppliers in the country.

  • Name:  John Cheeseman
    Job Title:  Operations Director

    John Cheeseman joined the CRS team as General Manager back in September 2014. In early 2017 John took up the role of Operations Director within CRS.

    He reports directly to the MD and is responsible for overseeing the general day to day running of all aspects of the business. John has worked within the rail industry for in excess of 13 years, predominantly within the renewals and small plant sectors. Prior to CRS, John worked for Balfour Beatty and Gamble Rail and brings a wealth of experience from both on and off the track, which he has used expertly to help develop the business and improve general operational standards within the company.

  • Name:  Nicola Charbonnel
    Job Title:  Finance Director

    Nicola started with CRS in September of 2017 and is responsible for leading our ever-growing finance & payroll team. She reports directly to the Managing Director. Nicola has a diverse background in Finance with extensive experience in public sector Finance having worked for an Educational Trust for over 10 years and prior to that working for the Rail Industry after starting out in international banking in the City.
    During her career, Nicola has achieved Associate of Accounting Technician status followed by membership of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. After an initial stint working as our Finance Manager, Nicola has more recently been promoted to the position of Finance Director, within the CRS business.

  • Name:  Craig Southen
    Job Title:  Regional Operations Director

    Craig has recently been promoted to our Regional Operations Director, overseeing our Doncaster based Northern arm of the business.  Craig has been with CRS in excess of 9 years and has carried out a diverse range of roles, both on & off track. These include the roles of Labour Manager, Operations Manager and more recently Craig undertook the role of Contracts Manager, based out of our Ashford Head Office.  In this role Craig was responsible for the day to day management of our on site contracts, whilst working closely with our clients & office based teams.  During his time he has risen through the ranks of the business & is a highly regarded & respected member of our Senior Management team .

    Craig has worked within the rail sector for over 12 years and has previously worked for a variety of our competitors and clients alike, so he fully understands the ever growing needs of the industry.

  • Name:  Callum Stroud
    Job Title:  Transport Manager

    Callum joined the team in October 2016 and holds in excess of 10 years experience within the transport industry. Since joining CRS Callum has brought a wealth of  ideas to the business in a bid to ensure that the CRS fleet of commercial vehicles is managed the most effective and cost efficient way possible.

    Callum has also been tasked with increasing driver safety and the ongoing management of our FORS accreditation.

  • Name:  Martin Mason
    Job Title:  Health & Safety Advisor

    Having previously been Operations Manager for the London Underground, Martin is now the Health and Safety Advisor for the business. He has already obtained IOSH certification, NVQ Level 3 in Occupational Health and Safety and is working towards his level 5. Martin is regularly visiting sites to brief our staff on a variety of safety points and issues. Martin has a previous background in the Police, which makes him ideal for the role due to his ability to deal with a variety of people, attention to detail and adherence to the rules.

  • Name:  Jamie Ades
    Job Title:  Operations Manager

    Jamie joined CRS as a Project Resourcer for the Underground division in January 2015. Prior to this, Jamie obtained his LUCAS card and gained experience working on the London Underground infrastructure. This experience proved invaluable when Jamie started his resource role within our labour team. After a 2 year stint in helping to manage our LU based projects, Jamie undertook the role of Labour Manager where he was responsible for managing a host of critical rail based projects.
    More recently Jamie has been promoted within the business and is now our Operations Manager. Jamie is responsible for the day to day management of everything that goes on within our resource department, whilst ultimately ensuring that the needs of our diverse client base are met.

  • Name:  Kirk Paone
    Job Title:  Labour Manager - North Region

    CRS would like to welcome Kirk Paone to the business. Kirk joins our Doncaster based team in the role of Labour Manager and holds over 14 years of rail industry experience, working in both track and office based managerial roles.

    Kirk’s vast knowledge of the rail sector, coupled with his track based experience will no doubt benefit the CRS business as
    we look to maximise nationwide opportunities as we enter CP6.

  • Name:  Charlie McKenzie
    Job Title:  Labour Resourcer

    Charlie McKenzie joined CRS in November of 2018 and is carrying out the role of Labour Resourcer,  working out of our Ashford based Head Office. Charlie is joining the business to support our labour resource team, as we approach what we believe will be a very busy 2019.

    Charlie holds vast experience of working both on and off track and has more recently worked in the rail small plant hire sector, servicing multiple tier 1 principal contractors.

  • Name:  Shannon Crisp
    Job Title:  Senior Administrator

    Shannon joined the CRS Underground Division in October 2015, supporting with a variety of administrative duties. This is a role that she excelled in and more recently, when our PTS & Rail departments merged, Shannon took on the role of Senior Administrator for the Head Office based labour team, heading up the admin team.

    Shannon is extremely thorough in her approach and swift in her ability to get things done, so this allows her to be one step ahead in a busy recruitment environment

  • Name:  Jack Mason
    Job Title:  Buisness Administrator

    Jack joined CRS in January 2018 as an Apprentice Office Administrator. Jack will be supporting both side of the business with general administration and office duties. Jack brings with him the eagerness to learn and to push the business forward. As of February 2019 Jack has completed his 1 year apprenticeship and his new title is now Business Administrator.

  • Name:  Mark Bebbington
    Job Title:  Credit Controller / Consultant

    Mark has been employed by CRS since August 2014. Mark brings a wealth of knowledge of the Finance and Credit sectors to the business. He is a member of the institute of credit management and has been working in the accounts & credit management sector for in excess of 25 years.

    Mark’s primary role is credit control, although Mark is extremely versatile and will assist other areas of the business as and when required

  • Name:  Michelle Gurr
    Job Title:  Payroll Administrator

    Michelle joined CRS as Payroll Administrator in our finance department. She has previous experience in the rail industry after working for Balfour Beatty for 7 years and constantly proves herself as an important asset to the CRS back office team.

  • Name:  Alisha Mason
    Job Title:  Junior Finance Assistant

    Alisha has been working within the CRS business since Jan 2016 and is the daughter of our MD and company owner Mark Mason.  She previously worked as an administrator within our rail department, and prior to that, she worked as our head office receptionist.

    More recently Alisha has taken a move to work within our Finance department as our Junior Finance Assistant, reporting to our Finance Manager, Nicola Charbonnel

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Case Studies

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  • Gravesend Remodelling Project

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  • Brighton Main Line Re-Signalling

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  • East Kent Phase 2

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