The Industry Expertise Team

Rachel Eade MBE

Rachel Eade MBE, Senior Technical Officer

Rachel Eade MBE, Senior Technical Officer

Rachel Eade MBE, Senior Technical Officer

Rachel Eade has over twenty years’ experience in business support and development, specialising in the automotive and transport manufacturing supply chain since 1996. She was awarded an MBE in the 2014 New Year’s Honour’s list for services to the automotive industry, and in May 2015 received the ISME Gold Medal Award. In previous roles at Accelerate and MAS over the last 20 years she has played a pivotal role in evolving the SME support offer, and assisted more than 5000 companies. Rachel has worked with and supported in excess of 50 supply chain development programmes, with many UK vehicle manufacturers and Tier 1s/primes, along with more than 250 SME supply group networks. 

Martin Little

Martin Little, Senior Technical Officer

Rachel Eade MBE, Senior Technical Officer

Rachel Eade MBE, Senior Technical Officer

With supply chain and industrial engagement at all levels as Commercial Director for the Rail Alliance, Martin’s multi-faceted commercial ability is gained from a diversity of B2B and B2C technical industries, most notably in the Construction sector as well as earlier success in the Electronics and Pro Audio fields, which delivered a Queen’s Award for Export Achievement. 

Having hands-on experience of advancing a vast multitude of products through concept, design and development into commercial readiness and profitable sales growth, Martin’s approach combines a sturdy combination of ‘can-do’ versatility with the realities of market entry in a challenging sector.


Al Amin-Dabo, Business Engagement Manager

Rachel Eade MBE, Senior Technical Officer

Al Amin-Dabo, Business Engagement Manager

Al-Amin is responsible for business engagement activities in the Digital Rail Demand-led Demonstrator (DIGI-RAIL) project, which showcases and offers long-term technical and innovation support to businesses looking to develop digital products and services for the rail industry. Prior to his time here, Al-Amin worked in business engagement with the European Bioenergy Research Institute, Aston University. 

The Technical Expertise Team

Perfectionist Karthik Thangarajan (KT)

Dr. Karthik Thangaraj, Technical Officer

Dr. Karthik Thangaraj specialises in development of sensors and measures for condition monitoring. His PhD was concerned with the development of an innovative thermoelectric energy harvesting system to power an aircraft’s structural health monitoring system. This research was conducted jointly with Airbus Innovations, Germany. Karthik worked with an SME in Derby, through a Knowledge Transfer program at the University of Derby, to develop an autonomous sensor system that monitors the condition of primary springs in train bogies.  

Watch out for the snarky comments.

Dr. Christopher Morris, Technical Officer

Dr Christopher Morris specialises in the area of Data-integration for the rail industry, in particular the use of ontology for data integration. His recent work has centred on the integration of live rail-network data feeds with simulation data. He has worked on various projects such as the development of a fall back signalling system, taking data from multiple sources to infer train position, Air quality monitoring, Use of Neural Networks to convert signalling scheme plans to a machine readable format. 

Kevin the smiler, always helpful

Kevin Sperin, Technical Officer


Kevin Sperin specialises in Systems Engineering. His PhD was concerned with the application of systems engineering techniques towards the management of level crossings on the British railway network. Kevin has previously worked at CERN in Switzerland, contributing to the Large Hadron Collider upgrade programme and also on a new method of protection for the super conducting magnets called CLIQ. His areas of interests are in digital electronic design, control systems, computer modelling and simulation and also automation.

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Dr. Krishnan Venkateswaran, Technical Officer

Krishnan Venkateswaran specialises in the area of System Integration. His PhD was concerned with the development of a framework to test the system performance gains when new technologies are applied to the railway network. Krishnan previously worked at the Transport Research Laboratory ltd., where he contributed towards the development of a safety framework for validating autonomous vehicles on UK roads. His areas of interests include Systems engineering, systems architecture planning, prototyping software projects and the development of data dashboards.   


Louise Woodall, Project Manager

Louise Woodall is experienced in EU-funded projects and has worked on ESF, ERDF, FP7 and H2020. She has worked with local authorities, voluntary organisations and cultural institutions as well as in Higher Education with academics, clinicians and researchers.  During her project management roles, she has monitored contract compliance, coordinated project deliverables and milestones, maintained strict governance structures, managed and reported on complex budgets, driven marketing and communication activities and organised large international meetings.

As the Project Manager for DIGI-RAIL, Louise provides strategic direction and management to ensure that the DIGI-RAIL project delivers in line with ERDF guidelines as well as the objectives of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull, Coventry and Warwickshire and Black Country LEP areas. On a day-to-day basis, as well as managing finances and contractual compliance, Louise strives to maintain DIGI-RAIL team cohesion and communication which are paramount in the successful delivery of the project.