Neil Winchester will apply human factor thinking at the early design stage of major projects to ensure that the operation and maintenance of the railway system and its facilities best meet the needs of the user.
For over 20 years, Neil has worked as the human factors lead within multi-disciplinary design teams and has supported organisations such as Network Rail, London Underground Limited (LUL), BP and Elekta in applying and integrating human factors into complex programmes, from new railways to radiotherapy systems.
Most recently, as the project integration manager for the MTR Crossrail Programme team, Neil ensured the new Elizabeth Line stations and systems would support MTR Crossrail’s operational and through-life concession requirements. Before this, he was Network Rail’s Ergonomic Integration Manager and technical lead across programmes including the On-Network Functional Requirements Crossrail project and the North London Line project. For LUL, Neil developed good practice human factors guidance for designers of rolling stock cabs, and he was the Human Factors Delivery Manager on projects including the Stratford Station Enhancement programme.
At WSP, Neil will draw on his expertise to support major projects including HS2’s Old Oak Common Station, where WSP is leading the design development. Neil said: “Human factors is all about designing systems to meet the users’ needs, and in my new role I look forward to contributing to some of the most exciting and transformational projects in the UK and ensuring our right-first-time designs match our clients’ aims in terms of operational performance, safety and user experience.”
Darren Reed, Head of WSP’s rail business, said: “Learning from Neil’s extensive industry experience will help us embed human factors deeper into everything we design.”
For further information please contact Katie Brown on [email protected], 02030572228 / 07899776923
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