Meet The Team


All Finance Rail Senior Team Management
  • Name:  Mark Mason
    Job Title:  Chief Executive Officer

    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 an abundance of energy, industry experience & entrepreneurial flair & started 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.

    In September of 2020, Mark moved into a Chief Executive position within CRS  and is currently responsible for overseeing the entire business operations from a strategic standpoint. Mark will be looking to continue to drive efficiencies throughout the business and will be on hand to guide John Cheeseman as he too undertakes a new role as Managing Director

  • Name:  John Cheeseman
    Job Title:  Managing Director

    John Cheeseman is the Managing Director for CRS and commenced this role in September of 2020. Throughout his time with the business John has progressed through the ranks and started as General Manager back in September 2014. In early 2017 John took up the role of Operations Director within CRS, up until recently undertaking the MD role

    He reports directly to the CEO 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 17 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.

    “It’s a huge honour to have been appointed Managing Director at CRS, especially at such an exciting time for the company, as we look to further cement our status within the industry. With strong foundations for growth, I am confident that CRS can continue to build on our success and drive our strategic vision forward” – John Cheeseman

  • 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:  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.
    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:  Operations Manager - North Region

    Since joining the CRS business in March of 2019, Kirk has excelled in his Labour Management role and has recently moved into a new position where he will be overseeing the day to day operations of our Northern office as we continue into what will be an extremely buoyant new control period.

    Kirk holds extensive rail experience, working within both on track and office based environments and he will play a key role in our future growth within the Midlands and Northern regions, as we continue to embark upon exciting new opportunities.

  • Name:  John Terry
    Job Title:  P-Way and Renewals Manager

    John Terry joined CRS in 2015, bringing a wealth of Track renewals & maintenance experience with him. He started his CRS career as a Track Renewals Foreman, whilst working on the Balfour Beatty Track Partnership LU project.

    Johns’ work ethic and impeccable levels of customer service were recognised and after a short period of time he was promoted to our LU Night Manager, whilst leading the CRS workforce that assist in delivering this project on a nightly basis.

    He continues to rise through the ranks and in December 2019 was promoted to our P-Way and Renewals Manager, where he will be serving as a critical link in allowing CRS to further grow our P-Way & Renewals business throughout the Country, as we look to maximize the opportunities available throughout CP6 & beyond.

  • Name:  Liam Linford-Smith
    Job Title:  Health & Safety Advisor

    Liam Linford-Smith Joined the CRS team in December 2019 as the organisation’s Health & Safety Advisor. Liam Started his career on the railway post leaving the British Army as a Civils Trackman in 2002.

    Within his time spent he has covered a variety of roles in various disciplines ranging from Civils, Welding & Grinding, P-Way, E&P and Projects before perusing a career in Health & Safety in 2017.

    Liam is based at the Business HQ in Ashford. Holding 18 years of rail experience Liam brings with him a wealth of knowledge that he aims to pass on the CRS team.

    Liam supports the Operations & Managing Directors  with the Health & Safety Statutory requirements and assists with the monitoring, implementation and application of the Civil Rail Solutions Ltd Safety Systems and procedures.

  • Name:  Charlie McKenzie
    Job Title:  Labour Manager

    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:  Chris Grime
    Job Title:  Labour Resourcer - North Region

    Chris joined the CRS team as a Labour Resourcer in January 2019.

    He reports directly to the Regional Operations Manager and is responsible for deploying the labour resources working out of the Doncaster office on a daily basis.

    Chris has worked within the rail industry for several years, predominantly within the Civils and OHLE sectors. Prior to CRS, Chris worked for SPL Powerlines and a number of small companies within the civils sector and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from both on and off the track, mainly through Safety Critical work.

  • Name:  Billy Sommerville
    Job Title:  Labour Resourcer

    Billy joined CRS in February of 2020, undertaking the role of Labour Resourcer, based out of our Kent Head Office.

    Billy has gained invaluable track experience over the last couple of years, primarily in a civils based environment. This proves advantageous in the understanding of our clients needs.

    Billy’s previous roles include those of a Data Analyst, and from this previous position he brings with him logistics, communication & administration skills that prove essential tools in assisting Billy in his Labour Resource role.

  • Name:  Shannon Threadingham
    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:  Business 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, back in 2014. She has previous experience in the rail industry after working for Balfour Beatty Rail for 7 years and constantly proves herself as an important asset to the CRS back office team.

  • Name:  Donna Wealands
    Job Title:  Payroll Assistant / Receptionist

    Donna joined CRS as our Head Office Receptionist in December 2019.  Returning to full time work after having a family, Donna’s previous experience consisted of working in Hotels. She undertook reception, administration and stocktaking duties, so her accuracy, communication and her eye for detail will no doubt prove vital within the business.

    More recently Donna is carrying out a dual role, sharing her time between supporting our payroll department and also working on reception.

     

  • Name:  Alishia Mason
    Job Title:  Finance Assistant

    Alishia has been with the CRS business since 2015. During this time she has carried out a various roles, including Receptionist & Business Administrator.

    After a brief hiatus, Alishia rejoined CRS in late 2019 in a part time capacity, whilst she studies to become a school teacher. Alishia is currently working as the company Finance Assistant and she reports directly to our Finance Director.

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