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Howard Parkinson
Chartered Engineer at International Railway Industry


Howard is a chartered engineer with over 20 years of experience in the international railway industry, more recently as an independent consultant, researcher and trainer. He has experience in signaling, rolling stock, infrastructure and railway systems projects at a senior level and has just finished an assignment in Australia working on systems integration for automatic train protection.

His project positions at senior levels have included systems assurance manager, senior project manager, lead safety assessor, and head of systems engineering and safety. He has had experience in metro, tram and heavy rail (conventional and high speed) in UK, Australia and other countries.

Howard has expertise in systems engineering, compliance, safety /notified body assessment, safety and reliability engineering, the latest safety standards, European interoperability and UK legislation.

His current research interests include safety engineering in the railway, accident investigation and systems engineering. Howard has been deployed internationally in countries including: Australia, Korea, Germany, The Netherlands, UK, Croatia, Saudi Arabia, Canada and China. In addition to his consulting and research work, Howard designs, develops and delivers training to industry in the areas of engineering, safety and risk management.

Howard holds a doctorate from the department of mechanical and aeronautical engineering at the University of Manchester and a postgraduate certificate in education. He is a registered chartered engineer in the United Kingdom, a fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (FIMechE), and a member of the Institution of Railway Signal Engineers (MIRSE).