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New global rail director for Cundall

Multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy Cundall has announced the appointment of Stephen Dale as global rail director, a brand-new role which will see him taking on responsibility for developing Cundall’s global rail sector.

Stephen brings more than 30 years’ valuable experience as a civil and structural engineer to his new role. He has worked with both design consultants and contractors on a range of mixed-use building developments and transportation projects. Throughout his career, he has taken on roles across the globe and been based in Hong Kong, Sydney, Dubai, Doha and the United Kingdom.

Prior to joining Cundall, Stephen was based in Hong Kong as head of engineering at Leighton Contractors (Asia) Ltd, where he was involved in the ongoing expansion of Hong Kong International Airport and a mass-transit railway depot in Singapore. Other notable projects include the Etihad Rail Project, Doha Metro, Dubai Metro, the Epping-Chatswood Rail Link in Sydney and West Rail in Hong Kong.

Richard Stratton, partner and managing director at Cundall MENA, said: “We are really pleased to have Stephen on board. His technical expertise in the rail sector and his experience delivering world-class railway projects is invaluable, but it is his passion for creating excellence in rail delivery that is most exciting. I very much look forward to working alongside Stephen as he grows Cundall’s rail engineering business.”

Stephen Dale added: “This is a really exciting opportunity and I am delighted to join such a talented team. Over the past 30 years, I have been fortunate to have helped deliver a number of high-profile rail projects and I am extremely proud of some of the schemes I have been involved in; the nature of which is a legacy for the countries in which they are built.

“I am looking forward to the challenge and the opportunities ahead to grow Cundall’s rail sector business globally, starting with our work on the Etihad Rail Project in Dubai. It’s a great opportunity to combine my experience and passion for excellence in rail engineering, with Cundall’s strong values, innovation and client focus.”

Stephen will be based in Cundall’s Dubai office to offer strategic access to the emerging rail markets and to develop Cundall’s centre of excellence. Cundall’s MENA business now has a team of more than 75 staff who are leading on projects across the Middle East, with a focus on the rail sector, as well as contributing to projects throughout Cundall’s global business.

Nigel Wordsworth BSc(Hons) MCIJhttp://therailengineer.com

SPECIALIST AREAS Rolling stock, mechanical equipment, project reports, executive interviews


Nigel Wordsworth graduated with an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from Nottingham University, after which he joined the American aerospace and industrial fastener group SPS Technologies. After a short time at the research laboratories in Pennsylvania, USA, Nigel became responsible for applications engineering to industry in the UK and Western Europe. At this time he advised on various engineering projects, from Formula 1 to machine tools, including a particularly problematic area of bogie design for the HST.

A move to the power generation and offshore oil supply sector followed as Nigel became director of Entwistle-Sandiacre, a subsidiary of the Australian-owned group Aurora plc. At the same time, Nigel spent ten years as a Technical Commissioner with the RAC Motor Sports Association, responsible for drafting and enforcing technical regulations for national and international motor racing series.

Joining Rail Engineer in 2008, Nigel’s first assignment was a report on new three-dimensional mobile mapping and surveying equipment, swiftly followed by a look at vegetation control machinery. He continues to write on a variety of topics for most issues.

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