SYSTRA Group

SYSTRA Group was established in 1957 to export French engineering experience overseas. Today we have 6,100 engineers and transport planners, based in 80 countries across the globe. In the UK and Ireland we have over 400 employees.

We are jointly owned by two major French public transport operators, RATP and SNCF. We believe this provides a unique wealth of experience to complement our engineering and transport planning expertise.

Our experts

Our teams have worked on projects in more than 150 countries and 350 cities throughout the world, championing new approaches for transporting people and goods. Our goal is to create a world where mass transport is sustainable, accessible and value for money.

A growing company

Our plan is to double our turnover, profitability and workforce by 2018 while maintaining our technical excellence. We are investing in the UK and Ireland for major growth.

Our mid-term review speaks volumes: an increase in revenue from €400 million to €600 million, an increase from 3,400 to over 6,100 employees.

SYSTRA MANAGEMENT TEAM, UK and Ireland

Pascal Mercier

PASCAL MERCIER

UK Managing Director
Pascal Mercier is Senior Vice President for Northern Europe at SYSTRA, based in SYSTRA's Woking Office. He is a postgraduate civil and structural engineer with 16 years of international experience covering engineering, construction supervision, business development and joint venture leader for large passenger and freight railway infrastructure projects worldwide.

Aidan Eaglestone

AIDAN EAGLESTONE

Managing Director, Consultancy
Aidan is an experienced director with 27 years’ experience in transport consultancy. He has a breadth of international experience gained across the UK and Asia working effectively in diverse cultural environments. His technical expertise covers demand and revenue forecasting for major rail schemes, public transport planning, highway planning, traffic and revenue forecasts for toll road projects, scheme evaluation, multi-modal strategy studies, station planning and airport surface access. Aidan has held executive director roles in both Asia and UK within the SYSTRA Group and has a successful track record in the leadership of consulting units.

Steve Higham

STEVE HIGHAM

Managing Director, Engineering
Steve is a widely experienced UK-Rail Programme Manager with a background in Civil Engineering but he has specialised in multi-functional signalling and electrification project delivery for the last 10 years. Steve is a dynamic communicator with strong interpersonal skills and a highly motivational management style with a track record of managing complex multi-disciplined Rail infrastructure projects, gaining a reputation for delivery within the industry. Steve’s technical and managerial experience have combined to create a highly successful Programme Manager, Managing Director, and now Engineering Managing Director for SYSTRA.

Steve Owens

STEVE OWENS

Commercial Director, Engineering
Steve is our Commercial Director of our Rail Engineering Division. A highly experienced rail engineer he joined SYSTRA in 2016 following 10 years with Atkins' Rail Engineering where he was Commercial Director.

Alan James

ALAN JAMES

Operations Director, Consultancy
Alan is an experienced transport planner; he has worked in the industry for close to 25 years. His experience spans policy and strategy, assessment and design to implementation and monitoring. As a Director for the past ten years his particular areas of expertise are development and infrastructure planning, masterplanning, travel planning and surface access for airports. Prior to joining SYSTRA he was an Executive Director at JMP, where he was responsible for growing its private sector business and driving operational and commercial performance.

Richard Hancox

RICHARD HANCOX

Commercial Director, Consultancy
Richard Hancox has over 26 years of experience of working in transport consultancy. He is a transport planner with strong analytical and mathematical modelling skills and has considerable knowledge of the specification, development and application of transport models. He is also an accomplished Project Director and has specific experience in transport forecasting and policy analysis through strategic and detailed multi-modal studies and analysis of highway and public transport schemes. Richard has held a senior management role in SYSTRA’s consultancy business for the last 10 years and is currently responsible for the operational performance of the division.

Suki Johal

SUKI JOHAL

HR Director
Suki Johal is HR Director for SYSTRA Ltd (UK and Ireland). Suki has worked in HR for over 20 years and she joined SYSTRA in 2014. Suki has an MSc in Human Resource Management and has been a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development since 2007.

John Roberts

JOHN ROBERTS

Head of Finance
John Roberts joined SYSTRA Ltd as chief accountant in 2007 and took on the roles of Head of Finance and Company Secretary in 2012. John is a chartered accountant with wide ranging experience including in accountancy practice, and with house-building and retailing businesses.

Andrew Smith

ANDREW SMITH

IT Director
Andy Smith is IT Director, based at SYSTRA’s Woking office. He is a Chartered IT Professional (CITP) with over 20 years’ experience, beginning his career as an Oracle developer. Andy is responsible for SYSTRA’s UK IT infrastructure and for a team of software developers who provide bespoke software solutions. Andy is also responsible for maintaining SYSTRA’s quality and environmental certifications (ISO 9001 and ISO 14001).

 

Governance

Pierre Verzatt
PIERRE VERZAT

Chief Executive Officer

Mathieu Dunant
MATHIEU DUNANT

Executive VP France

Bruno Schmitt
BRUNO SCHMITT

Executive VP Finance & Administration

Andrew McNaughton
ANDREW MCNAUGHTON

Executive VP Operations

NON-EXECUTIVE BOARD

Chaired by Elisabeth Borne, President of RATP and co-chaired by Pierre Izard SNCF’s Chief Rail System Officer, the Board meets 4 to 6 times a year, to examine the strategy of the group, check its performance or to approve major undertakings in its programme.

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