Network Rail Consulting strengthens New Zealand office

Network Rail Consulting has signalled its intent to focus on building its business in the Southern Hemisphere after appointing a new director of asset management and maintenance in Australia and New Zealand.

Philip Chalk previously worked as an asset management advisor to Network Rail in the UK and in his new role will “advise clients on asset management; in particular, changes associated with their transformation into strong asset management organisations”.

A  fellow of the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ), Chalk has already helped deliver projects in New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia and Australia.

Philip said: “I’m looking forward to helping take Network Rail Consulting forward into a new and ambitious period of growth. Network Rail has a well-established asset management team in the UK and my aim will be to extend the breadth and depth of the services that we offer our clients in Australasia.”

Peter Koning, general manager of Australia and New Zealand for Network Rail Consulting, said: “These are exciting times for the consultancy business as we seek to broaden our reach internationally.

“Philip brings a wealth of experience to the team; his knowledge and expertise will hugely support Network Rail’s international consultancy division.”

In May 2013, Network Rail’s international consultancy arm landed its first contract advising on the multi-billion dollar upgrade of the USA’s Northeast Corridor (NEC).