Mr Noel Travers

Managing Director

Unipart Rail


Noel joined the railway as a BR sponsored Engineering Management Trainee in 1988 and trained for two years during his Mechanical Engineering degree at Loughborough University, later holding engineering and management posts in Chiltern Railways and Intercity West Coast.

During privatisation, Noel was seconded to the BR Board to work on the creation and privatisation of Freightliner.  He joined the new company as T&RS Engineer and completed his MSc in Rail Systems Engineering at Sheffield University.

In 2000 Noel joined American Leasing company, GATX Capital and in 2003, moved to RBS as Senior Director in its Structured Asset Finance business.

Approached by Bombardier Transportation, Noel became Sales Director for UK, Ireland and South Africa in 2008 and held various Project Management roles, before spending 18 months as Interim Chairman and UK MD.

Noel joined Unipart Rail as Deputy MD in 2016, becoming MD early in 2017 in a planned transition to replace the retiring MD.

Noel is a Fellow of the IMechE, sitting on its Railway Division Board, he is also on the RISAS Board. He is married with a teenage son.

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