January 17, 2022

New director for GRAHAM as part of ambitious growth plans in rail

As GRAHAM secures further projects within the rail industry, and as part of its ambitious growth plan in rail, Jonathan Kerr has been appointed as the company’s director for the rail sector.

Jonathan is a highly experienced and widely respected civil engineering professional who has worked on a variety of complex infrastructure projects, primarily in the rail, highways and marine sectors.
Having worked for GRAHAM for more than 15 years, Jonathan has progressed through the business, starting as a site engineer before moving into project management, then contract management. His experience has helped him establish strong and collaborative relationships with key stakeholders.
Jonathan is currently responsible for overseeing the delivery of several high-profile rail projects currently being undertaken by GRAHAM, including Kenilworth railway station; a design and build project on behalf of Warwickshire County Council, and Bellenden and Westdown Road bridge replacements, on behalf of Network Rail. Prior to this, Jonathan managed the delivery of the £10.5m Tennison Road project in Croydon for Network Rail. This highly challenging and successful project involved the “Live Launch” of a 55m span, 515 tonne bridge structure over 10 railways lines whilst trains continued to run.
On his appointment as rail director, Jonathan said: “I am delighted to be taking on this role within GRAHAM, which will enable me to use my knowledge and experience of the sector to develop our service offering and strengthen our position within the rail industry.
“GRAHAM has a proud heritage and is widely recognised as one of the most experienced and trusted names in civil engineering, building and asset management. With our wide-ranging expertise and highly-skilled and qualified team, I firmly believe that we can further grow our presence in the rail sector and be one of the most trusted civil engineering contractors on Britain’s railways.”
As part of his new role, Jonathan will be responsible for providing leadership and direction to the company’s growing rail team. He has a strong reputation for working collaboratively with key stakeholders on his projects, ensuring that all risks are proactively managed and projects are successfully completed on time and within budget.
Leo Martin, GRAHAM’s managing director – Civil Engineering, said: “Jonathan is a fantastic leader and we are confident he is going to drive our rail business forward. GRAHAM is a family-owned company and we bring traditional skills and values to all our projects. These values help us develop a comprehensive understanding of our customers’ requirements, which I believe is crucial to our ongoing success.
“This is an exciting time to work in the rail sector and I believe as we continue to expand our service offering we can secure long-term partnerships and become a major force in the industry. We are acutely aware of the fact that CP6 will be upon us soon, and securing opportunities within CP6 is one of the principal targets within GRAHAM.”
GRAHAM’s rail team is currently involved in projects at Marsh Barton Railway Station where the company has been commissioned to design and build a new railway station on behalf of Devon County Council. Other projects underway include: embankment and retaining wall strengthening works at Pontypridd and the installation of new vehicle protection barriers at Reading station.