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The Nichols Group

Planning Consultant, The Nichols Group, London Underground SSL

START Date: 
September, 2009
END Date: 
July, 2010

Thales – Atkins – Nichols

Bid to London Underground – Signalling & Automatic Train Control   Sep 2009 to Jul 2010 (£500M)


Project Controls Manager, The Nichols Group, Metrolink Tram Management System (TMS) for Thales RSS

START Date: 
May, 2011

Project Controls Manager

Thales Rail Signalling Solutions (2011 – Present)

Redeployed within Thales TRSS to work as part of the project recovery team on the Metrolink Tram Management System (TMS), based in Manchester. Project value in excess of £600m. Assigned involved rollout and refinement of best practice from NDUP for all aspects of Project Controls. Laterly involved in forensic analysis and claim preparation activities.

Project Controls Manager, The Nichols Group, Neasden Depot Upgrade Project (NDUP) for Thales RSS

START Date: 
March, 2010
END Date: 
April, 2011

Project Controls Manager

Thales Rail Signalling Solutions (2010 – 2011)

Programme Controls Manager, The Nichols Group, Cooling the Tube Project (TfL / LUL)

START Date: 
September, 2007
END Date: 
December, 2009

Programme Controls Manager

TfL / London Underground Limited (2007 – 2009)

Responsible for the strategic planning for the Cooling the Tube initiative, a complex £912 million programme comprising a large number of innovative design, engineering and environmental projects.  Led constructive challenge to key project information, which was important to enable assurance to the Project Director and Sponsors within project investment and governance arrangements.  Specific activities undertaken include:

Access and Logistics Manager, The Nichols Group, Victoria Line Upgrade Project

START Date: 
April, 2005
END Date: 
August, 2007

Access and Logistics Manager

Victoria Line Upgrade, Metronet (2005-2007)

Paul McCarthy

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Since 1990 Paul has worked in a wide range of consultancy assignments in the role of Programme Controls Manager. Key rail assignments with Transport for London (TfL) / London Underground include the Victoria Line Upgrade project, Cooling the Tube programme and the Prestige project to design and supply the ‘Oyster’ contactless smartcard system for London covering tube, trains, buses and trams along with significant roles at THALES.

Professional Since: 
Sep-1980 (43.4 yrs experience)
Oldest experience: 
Sep 1980 (43.5 yrs experience, WARNING: 0.1 years variance with Professional Since)
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Consultant, The Nichols Group, Rail and education

START Date: 
February, 2002
END Date: 
April, 2003


PMO Planning and Reporting Manager, The Nichols Group, Minas Rio Iron Ore Expansion Project

START Date: 
October, 2008
END Date: 
June, 2012

Planning and Reporting Manager for Iron Ore Expansion Project in Brazil

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