Here’s what he said
SSE Enterprise Rail has appointed Tom Smith as its new business development manager, as it looks to develop its service offering in the rail industry.
Tom will be responsible for building relationships with London Underground Limited and exposing the business to SSE’s rail offering, working initially on the changeover of PFI agreement with London Underground Limited.
He brings to the business vast experience in project management and client relations, having spent 18 years with telecoms giant British Telecoms (BT), where he was responsible for running three groups within the business, and nine years with infrastructure managed services (IMS) provider Brookvex, where he became managing director in 2014.
Prior to working for SSE, Smith was responsible for managing projects for a range of clients including Great Western, London Underground, Tubelines and Thales. In his approach to work, he describes himself as ‘stubborn’ and does not rest on his laurels until something is done to his satisfaction.
Raj Sinha, managing director of SSE Enterprise Rail, said: “Smith joins SSE joins SSE Enterprise Rail at a time when we are looking to make strategic developments within the business, and expand our service offering across key markets.”
“We are very fortunate to have Smith joining the business, he brings excellent experience of working closely with high-profile clients, and will support the development of existing and new opportunities in the rail division. He is an ambitious and motivated individual who I’m sure will help the achievement of our goal of becoming a leading provider of services to the UK rail industry.”
On joining SSE, Smith said: “I wanted to be involved in a project with real potential, and I felt the prospect of working with SSE’s rail offering was something I couldn’t turn down.
“The scope of opportunity we have here is huge. With the level of investment, we can offer, and the long-term partnerships we can secure, we can become a true alternative in the industry.”
Outside of work Smith is a 5th Dan blackbelt in karate. He currently runs two clubs in London, and instructs students with his vast experience. He has spent over 30 years travelling the world teaching karate.