Signet Solutions are proud to announce that Andy Knight, our Managing Director has been selected as Junior Vice President of the IRSE (Institution of the Railway Signal Engineers) in April 2020.
Andy Knight started his railway career as a Trainee Technician with the then nationalised British Railways (BR) . He advanced through the grades within BR and studied on day release which gave experience of all the disciplines within the Signalling Department. He headed up a team in the maintenance and faulting section before becoming a supervisor in the fault control centre in Manchester.
His next role saw him join the national training organisation within BR and develop the training department in the aftermath of the Clapham Junction incident which saw a large investment in training and development of Signal and Telecom Engineers. Ultimately it saw him become part of the team that bought the unit as a business during the privatisation of the organisation, forming the College of Railway Technology in the mid 1990's. Consequently, that business was sold and Andy worked on the transition before joining an old colleague who had formed Signet Solutions in 2001.
Signet at the time was a small company providing support and consultancy to the fledgling Railtrack organisation. Andy became MD and majority shareholder of the Company in 2003 which then saw the Company transform into one of the leading providers of training and development solutions for Signalling Engineers within the UK and around the globe.
Signet has helped companies set up training academies and worked closely with suppliers to provide bespoke training on new and unique equipment around the world.
Andy has always supported the IRSE and joined early in his career and became a Member in 2006 and Fellow in 2012 and now holds the role of Junior Vice President. Andy is also a Fellow of the Institute of Directors.
The company sponsors the IRSE/Signet award which provides a bursary to the candidate achieving the highest mark in a single module and provides funds to allow the winner to attend an international IRSE event (Aspect/Convention). The Company also provides a free study weekend to candidates for the IRSE Exam modules and courses for the Minor Railway sections of the IRSE.
We at Signet Solutions would like to wish Andy all the best in his new role leading up to becoming President of the IRSE in 2022.