Colin Sellers

Summary

Executive Summary

A dynamic, energetic and results-driven senior Director with a long and outstanding track record in business strategy, business improvement and management, spanning private and public sector organisations.

A unique blend of skills and experience, combining strong interpersonal abilities with a capacity for practical, solution-focused implementation under the toughest of circumstances, with a demonstrable record in Problem Solving, Change Management, Business Performance Improvement, Organisation and Personnel Development, Business Planning, Health and Safety, Risk Management and Programme and Project Management.

Key Experience

§Effective management of Corporate Services functions for Transdev plc.

§Management oversight of Transdev’s UK tram operations in Nottingham and Edinburgh, including successfully negotiating innovative operating and partnering contract with transport initiatives edinburgh.

§Successfully directing, co-ordinating and delivering the effective closure of the £3.7 billion, 500-strong Strategic Rail Authority.

§Responsible for strategic and organisational management of over 50 staff delivering professional technical and management consultancy services in rail and aviation sectors.

§Grew Safety and Risk Management business from 12-strong, £1million turnover to 40-strong, £3.5+ million sales in 4 years.

§Ran successful Consultancy Company advising transport, aerospace and defence sectors.

Work History

Work History
Aug 2006 - Jan 2009

Corporate Services Director

Transdev plc

Transdev plc is the UK division of Transdev SA, Europe’s 4th largest public transport operator

§Responsible for all Corporate Service functions across the Transdev plc - “Corporate Services” being HR, IT, H&S, PR, internal/external communications, legal, and including  aspects of risk management, internal audit services and internal controls/corporate governance.

§Responsible for the management oversight of Transdev plc’s UK tram businesses.This includes the joint venture (with Nottingham City Transport) operation in Nottingham and Transdev Scotland Limited, the team who will run the tram in Edinburgh once construction od the system is completed.  Successfully completed the negotiation with transport initiatives edinburgh (tie) for a unique and innovative partnering contract.

§Transdev nominated Director and representative for a number of organisations in which Transdev is involved (including Arrow Light Rail, the concessionaire for the Nottingham Expreass Transit scheme).

§Responsible for the creation and management of the Transdev plc Marketing and communication team

§Responsible for the Management of Transdev plc’s Business Development Manager

§Responsible for the creation and management of the Transdev plc Internal Audit team

Dec 2003 - Jan 2006

Director, Business Management

Strategic Rail Authority

Originally recruited to address and improve the business performance of the SRA in a number of areas and to ensure alignment of organisational competence with business goals.Amongst other things, this included improving the business planning and monitoring/review processes, developing processes for integrating organisational goals and individual’s personal objectives and improving the Executive and Directorates’ understanding and management of risk.

§Directing, co-ordinating and delivering the effective closure of the £3.7 billion, 500-strong organisation following the DfT Rail Review, which included setting up and providing effective relationship management with the DfT, Scottish Executive, Wales Assembly Government and other key stakeholders

§Management of the remaining resources in the SRA to ensure functions and people were transferred smoothly and obligations were discharged in accordance with relevant legislation and regulations

§Responsible for the development and production of the SRA’s Business and Corporate Plans and for providing internal business planning support and co-ordination for the organisation

§Implemented process and systems for improving the Authority’s business performance and overall business planning processes, including: delivering ongoing business improvement; continuing organisational competence development; ensuring high quality internal communications

§Improved the Executive and Directorate approach to the management of risk

§Monitored and reviewed the progress of improvement actions and on the delivery of Corporate, Business and Transition Plan commitments, ensuring mitigating and contingency plans were in place where necessary.

Nov 1995 - Nov 2003

Director, Consultancy

AEA Technology Rail

§Director and Deputy MD of the Consultancy Business, comprising more than 150 professionally qualified staff, providing operational, economic, engineering and management consultancy services for both the day-to-day operations and management of railways and for its future strategic direction.

§Responsible, together with the MD, for the overall financial performance of the business, which in FY 2002-03 delivered a margin of nearly £3m on a turnover of around £12m, representing a continued growth in margin.

§Responsible for the overall strategy, financial performance, business development, management and direction of consultancy services in both rail and aviation sectors, including the identification of new service development and associated training needs.

§Provided consultancy advice to a number of private and public-sector clients, including Rolling Stock Companies, train and signalling manufacturers, Network Rail, London Underground, Health and Safety Executive (HSE/HMRI), ORR, DfT and the Civil Aviation Authority.

§Developed AEAT Rail’s Management Consultancy offering, enabling the business to deliver strategic management and business critical services solutions to its clients.

§Significantly improved the organisation’s commercial acumen and customer focus.

1995 – 2001:TCI Consultants/AEA Technology Rail

Department Manager,Safety and Risk Management

TCI Consultants was formed in 1996, following the successful Management buy-out of the former British Rail Projects organisation.It was acquired by AEA Technology in 1998

§Successfully grew business from a turnover of £1m in 96/97, delivered from a team of about 12, to a department of more than 40 people achieving over £3.5m in sales by 2001.

§Successfully developed significant new business from private and public sector organisations both in the UK and overseas

  • Developed and implemented business strategy to develop new risk-based services in a changing industry environment
Aug 1991 - Nov 1995

Director (owner)

SMART Associates Limited

§Established and ran Consultancy company to provide engineering, risk and management consultancy support to clients including; British Rail Projects, Schlumberger, Smiths Industries, BREL, Barr & Stroud, Dowty Maritime, Dowty Aerospace, and Thorn EMI Electronics.

Sep 1985 - Aug 1991

Senior Engineer

§Responsible for carrying out a number of safety and reliability assessments of electronic and microelectronic control systems used in domestic and light industry gas-based applications.Developed innovative techniques for the design and testing of microelectronic and microprocessor based systems used in safety critical applications.

Mar 1982 - Aug 1985

Instrument Engineer

Fogarty plc

§Designed and constructed control and instrumentation systems for the monitoring and control of heating systems using porous heating elements. Undertook research and design projects for Rowntree Mackintosh and Walls, negotiating new funding and agreeing new requirements.

Education

Education
Sep 2000 - Jul 2002

Masters

Kingston University Business School

With Distinction.

Sep 1986 - Jul 1990

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

Middlesex University

Skills

Skills

Business Development

I have successfully developed business, both as a freelance consultant and also as Ditrector of a consultancy business, building buisiness from a near start-up to turnover of more than £12million

Leadership

    I have excellent Leadership skills and have created and led succesful and high performing teams in a number fo different businesses.  I have a strong capacity for developing business strategy and for developing the vision to communcate that strategy