Porterbrook appoints joint Innovation and Projects Director

Porterbrook is pleased to announce that Helen Simpson and Chandra Morbey have been jointly appointed to the role of Innovation and Projects Director, reporting directly to Jason Groombridge, Director of Engineering Services. Helen and Chandra will fulfil this role as a job share, building on a successful partnership that has existed for over a decade.

Helen and Chandra’s appointment recognises their outstanding contribution and leadership at Porterbrook, particularly in the development of HydroFLEX, the UK’s first hydrogen-powered train, and the Innovation Hub, a novel demonstrator platform for testing new rail technologies and passenger-facing improvements. Both HydroFLEX and Innovation Hub made their public debuts at RailLive in June this year.

The new role will further enhance Porterbrook’s ability to develop and deliver complex engineering projects, such as the innovative FLEX range, which enables existing trains to operate on a wider range of electrified and non-electrified rail lines, while also helping to reduce emissions. As part of their role Helen and Chandra will oversee innovation, technical services and new build projects.

Jason Groombridge, Director of Engineering Services, said: “I am delighted that Helen and Chandra will take on this role, allowing a closer integration of our engineering and project management capabilities. Helen and Chandra are a tremendous asset to our Engineering Services team and I am confident that their new position will be a further boost to Porterbrook’s reputation for innovation and project delivery.”