Friday 21st Oct 2016 - Logistics Manager

MBE for rail freight planner

Graham Smith, planning director of EWS, has been made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the New Year Honours List, for services to the rail freight industry.

At EWS, Smith has developed extensive track capacity studies and led research into improving efficiency in the rail industry, which formed a major input into the Rail Regulator’s work on freight track access charging.

In the last two years he has led strategic and detailed work on freight track access charges, freight’s role in the new rail industry structure and most recently worked on showing the negative impact of the possible introduction of longer heavier vehicles onto the road network.

Smith joined the railway in 1978 as a management trainee. After jobs in railway operations he joined the freight sector of British Rail in 1983 where he worked in various commodity sectors.

In 1996, following railway privatisation, he was appointed planning director for EWS. In recent years, he has led EWS’s business development in mainland Europe, working on the launch of rail freight services in France and Spain.

Keith Heller, EWS chief executive, said: “We at EWS are proud that Graham’s continuous commitment to the rail freight industry has been recognised in the New Years Honours List.”