A long serving Nexus worker who rose through the ranks to head up the maintenance of the Metro fleet has taken on a senior role with the Swiss train builder Stadler.
Paul Patrick, formerly Metro’s Head of Fleet Engineering, has joined Stadler as its UK Engineering Director and will play a key role for them in delivering the Metro’s new fleet of trains.
He will oversee major contracts up and down the country. This is a newly created role and he will be responsible for live orders in Liverpool, East Anglia, Wales, Glasgow and Newcastle upon Tyne.
Paul will lead on the service and maintenance of the Tyne and Wear Metro legacy fleet, and, ultimately, the new trains that replace them from 2023.
He has enjoyed a long and successful career at Nexus, starting in 1995 as an apprentice fitter. Since then, he has progressed within the organisation and was appointed as the head of fleet engineering in 2017.
He said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to lead the engineering team in the UK to deliver the highest possible service to our customers.
“It will be an honour to be part of the Stadler leadership team, to help enhance the service we offer and to develop a structure that enables us to continually get better.
“I only have fond memories of my 25 years at Nexus and wish them every success with the project to introduce 46 new trains on to the Tyne and Wear Metro, which will transform rail travel in the north east region. I look forward to meeting all the team around the UK and working with them to improve services for the benefit of both our clients and rail passengers up and down the country.”
This appointment follows Stadler’s rapid UK expansion, which has seen the company secure five contracts in four years. These include 58 new trains for Greater Anglia, 52 trains for the Liverpool City Region, 17 trains for Glasgow Subway and 71 trains for Wales & Borders.
At the beginning of the year, Stadler won the contract to supply 46 new trains for the Tyne and Wear Metro.
Rob Baxter, UK Managing Director at Stadler, said: “Paul has all the right skills and experience making him extremely well suited to this new position. I am sure Stadler will benefit enormously from his expertise and wide knowledge of the industry, and we’re thrilled to have him on board.”
Metro Operations Director, Chris Carson, said: “Everyone at Nexus wishes Paul well for the future and we’re delighted that he has secured such a major role with Stadler. He will still be working very closely with us over the next four years on the delivery and roll out of our new £362m Metro train fleet.
“Paul is a great example of someone who has worked their way to the top. He joined us as an apprentice at a young age and has gone on from there to flourish. He is a great role model for other people who are starting out in the railway industry and he has demonstrated just how far you can go if you work hard and stay dedicated.”