About RPD

RPD was established in 1997 and has become a leading provider of specialist consultancy and training services, mainly in the rail industry.

Every member of our team has many years experience in industry, ranging from operational roles through to senior management positions. This range of experience, coupled with our risk-based approach enables us to provide you with practical solutions that will improve your business performance.

As well as providing practical solutions which can be implemented we have a reputation for providing a high level of ongoing support to your people - to develop their skills and their knowledge.

We have continually improved our services and the skills and knowledge of our people to ensure that we can provide a high quality, cost effective service.




At Rail Professional development, the health, safety and wellbeing of every employee, customer and contractor is our priority.

Throughout this coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we have taken practical steps, and implemented robust measures, to ensure the welfare of our employees, sub-contractors and course delegates.

In line with government, public health and industry guidance, we have already implemented the option of remote training and safe distance training within our training centre, albeit this means not as many may be able to attend, dependant on which rooms are available.

Since the lockdown, all employees and directors have been working remotely under government guidelines. Our services and support for RPD and Assure CMS remains business as usual. Contact can be made via email at info@rpd.co.uk For Assure, this can be done through a normal support ticket. We can now offer in house meetings and training with the required social distancing in place within our training centre.

Risk assessments are carried out when attending the site to highlight and reinforce, safe working procedures. Whilst on site our cleaning regime has been increased and masks/hand sanitizer is available for every attendee. We also carry out a body heat check on arrival.

We are monitoring the situation on a daily basis and will implement any necessary changes based on the advice provided by the government and public health agencies.

We would like to express our thanks to our employees, and to all of our contractors, who are making an enormous contribution in these uncertain times.

Paul Durrant

Managing Director

Paul has over 30 year's railway experience from setting up train operations to human resource management. Paul has been actively involved in shaping competence management across the rail industry, with a particular emphasis on CMS assessment design and application over the last ten years.

His experience and expertise in the training and development field has earned him respect on competence and training issues across the industry and beyond. Paul was the only independent consultant invited to be a member of the HSE's Rail Industry Advisory Committee (RIAC) safety critical work group responsible for the development of the Railway Principles and Guidance for maintaining and developing staff competence.

Paul has also designed simulation techniques with the tabletop Simkit and now an exciting way to give real life experiences with the DeskSim, both to enhance training within the industry.

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George Mawby

Director RPD

George has over 35 years’ experience of the rail industry covering operations, training and safety. Whilst working for the BRB safety directorate George had specific responsibility for the management of Signals Passed at Danger (SPADs) and developed many of the initiatives currently being applied across the rail industry today.

He has been a director of RPD since incorporation in 1998 delivering a range of projects including competence management design, new train development and introduction, operational audits and design, assessment system verification, ERTMS and risk assessment.

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Alexandra James

Office/Finance Manager

Alex joined RPD in February 2016 coming from a training and PA background. Alex administrates and manages the general day to day running of the office environment, which includes organising resources and the booking of our training events.

Her other roles include the management of quality in relation to our ISO 9001:2015.

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Kerry Durrant

Assure online CMS Development & Training Manager

Kerry joined RPD in June 2013 as Development Manager for the Assure online Competence Management System.

Kerry's role includes further development, system training and support as well as website maintenance for RPD and Assure.

Kerry has over 30 years experience in customer service at a senior level with exceptional management skills as well as systems development in industries such as retail and rail which includes various roles of team development, training and business data analysis.

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India Downing

Office Administrator

India joined RPD June 2019 from an administrative/supervisory role and support background with various industries.

India supports the Office Manager on a day to day basis as well as a supporting role with our Assure ECMS and a City & Guilds co-ordinator.

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Jonathan Hall

Media Project Manager

Jonathan’s association with RPD dates back more than 15 years, when as Managing Director of a media organisation he was commissioned to develop the corporate identity and literature for the RPD business. Jonathan is now an independent media consultant and is an Associate for the RPD team with responsibilities for media communications.

Jonathan supports RPD to deliver innovative safety communications tools for its clients. The range of projects that he has delivered for RPD include training manual production, safety briefings, safety newsletters, interactive video briefings and training DVD/video productions as well as a new fault guide App and Safety briefing App.

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Abbey Khalifa

Associate Trainer

Abbey has been working within the Rail Industry for 30+ years gaining experience along the way as a Train Driver and then onto senior roles with a vast amount of experience leading him into the training sector for rail. Abbey is also an experienced and competent Assessor.

Abbey supports RPD Ltd to deliver training for its clients.

Phillip Thompson

Associate Trainer

Phil has some 30+ years’ experience within the Rail Industry where he gained experience and competency at different levels and for different roles throughout those years. Due to these competencies Phil is also an Assessor.

Phil supports RPD Ltd to deliver training to its clients.

Ian Dunn

Associate Trainer

Ian has many years’ experience within the Rail industry with knowledge of cross functional areas of the business leading him to become part of RPD’S Associate training team.

David Wooley

Associate Trainer

David has over 30+ years’ experience within the Rail Industry gaining a high level of knowledge within this industry at differing levels. In that time David has also become a workplace competence Assessor (UK wide).

David supports RPD Ltd to deliver training to its clients.

Ken Johnson

Associate Trainer

Ken has over 40+ years’ experience within the Rail Industry with the latter 20 years being involved in Instructing and training with the competence of being an Assessor for most levels.

Ken supports RPD Ltd to deliver training to its clients.

We have worked for a wide range of organisations in a range of sectors, including:

Client list

We have worked for a wide range of organisations in a range of sectors, including:

  • Transport operations
  • Arriva Rail London
  • Arriva TW
  • Balfour Beatty Rail Ltd
  • c2c Rail
  • Chiltern Railways
  • Colas Rail
  • East Midlands Trains Ltd
  • Eurostar
  • Eurotunnel
  • First Group
  • GB Railfreight
  • Govia Thameslink
  • Harsco Rail Limited
  • Heathrow Express
  • London Midland
  • London Overground Rail Operations Ltd
  • London Underground
  • Merseyrail
  • MTR Elizabeth Line
  • National Express
  • National Skills Academy for Rail Engineering
  • Network Rail
  • Nexus
  • Saudi Arabia Railway
  • Serco Docklands
  • Serco Integrated Transport
  • Serco Middle East
  • Southeastern
  • South West Trains
  • Southern
  • Tyne & Wear Metro
  • Translink/NIR
  • VolkerRail
  • Virgin
  • Safety and risk management
  • Health and Safety Executive
  • Rail Safety and Standards Board
  • Risk Solutions
  • Engineering & Construction
  • Alstom Transport
  • Arriva TW Fleet
  • Bombardier
  • CAF
  • Freightliner Group
  • Jordan Engineering Services Ltd
  • Kilnbridge Construction
  • Siemens
  • Other
  • Essex County Fire & Rescue Service
  • Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service
  • Fenland District Council
  • Fire Brigades Union
  • Manchester College of Arts & Technology