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Meet Our Team

The Light Rail Safety & Standards Board team brings together a wealth of experience to support the organisation’s ongoing development and the delivery of key projects. Led by Chief Executive Carl Williams, they share a commitment to driving forward light rail safety and standards, and you can find out more about them below.

Carl Williams

Chief Executive

For more than 25 years, Carl Williams has worked in public transport operations and maintenance and joined the LRSSB in 2020 from West Midlands Metro.


Laura Reardon

Head of Safety Risk Management

Having worked in the rail industry for 13 years, Laura joined the LRSSB in 2022. Working closely with individual networks on the administration, development and implementation of their own risk models, Laura is also driving the development of a national risk model.


Jamie Swift

Head of Commercial

Jamie has worked in the public transport industry for nearly two decades with the last ten years in light rail with three different UK networks. With a vast knowledge of operations, ticketing marketing and communications, Jamie supports the LRSSB on a number of projects to raise standards within the industry. 


Mark Ashmore

Head of Safety and Assurance

A highly experienced Health and Safety Manager with over two decades of experience within the light rail industry, Mark joined the LRSSB in 2020 after working for UKTram since 2018.


Craig O’Brien

Head of Engineering Safety & Innovation

With over 15 years in the light rail sector, Craig brings a wealth of experience to the LRSSB team, having previously worked for UKTram as Engineering Manager and as Infrastructure Manager at Sheffield Supertram. He now leads on a range of projects for the LRSSB relating to engineering safety within the sector.


Erica Pearson

Administration Manager

Erica joined the LRSSB in April 2019 as an Administration Manager, having previously worked for West Midlands Metro as a Network Co-Ordinator.

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LRSSB, 16 Summer Lane,

Birmingham, B19 3SD

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