WPA is a specialised management consultancy established in 1999 by Keith Winder and Richard Phillips with the aim of providing clients with high quality rail operations advice and practical solutions based on good practice. In this time, we have worked in every part of the rail industry in the United Kingdom and we have also undertaken some major international commissions. Our extensive list of satisfied clients reflects this breadth of engagement in helping to deliver focused operational improvements.
Applying our partners’ extensive expertise for the benefit of our clients has always been a core WPA principle and as new partners have joined it is now even more powerful. We are proud that this remains our key strength to this day.
The founding partners have extensive combined experience of rail operations management, in line management, at senior Director level and in Professional Head roles in the UK. Phil Dargue joined WPA in 2006, bringing a wealth of experience in operations, performance, safety, and train planning. Phil was most recently a Senior Consultant at AEA Technology Rail (now DeltaRail), and has previous experience with Railtrack and BR prior to privatisation.
Matt Ablett joined WPA in 2008 after 10 years at AEA Technology Rail / DeltaRail, to provide data analysis, modelling and operational research expertise. Matt is an acknowledged industry expert in the areas of performance analysis and revenue allocation, and has enabled WPA to expand the services now offered to cover most aspects of rail businesses.
Nigel Murphy joined WPA in 2015. Previously International Director at Atkins, his 33+ years’ experience in rail and mass transit operations, system safety, performance, bidding, transaction and diligence work has been gained through international projects in the United States, Europe and Asia-Pacific and builds on his extensive UK career with Railtrack, a Franchised TOC and British Rail.
Steve Curtis joined WPA in 2016 as a principal consultant, bringing a detailed understanding of the commercial and operational interdependencies faced by the railway. Steve has a sound understanding of the principles behind demand and revenue forecasting and the use of PDFH, and he is an industry expert in crowding modelling with in depth knowledge of MOIRA and MOIRA2.
We have built our business by always focusing on what is right for our clients. Our approach to every project is based on our guiding Values and Principles.