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George Bearfield

Health and Safety Director

George joined Rock in January 2019 as Health & Safety Director covering Rock Rail’s asset management activities and other business operations. In this newly created position George has responsibility for all aspects of Rock Rail’s Safety Management Systems including safety assurance responsibilities for all fleets under its management.

George joined with over 20 years of experience in the health and safety arena. In his previous role as Director of System Safety and Health at the Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB), George has been responsible for RSSB’s work to support the rail industry in all aspects of its health and safety management and assurance processes and capabilities. George also played a key role in the setting of the national rail health and safety strategy and in delivering associated programmes, including sponsoring the successful relaunch of the national supplier qualification scheme RISQS.

Prior to his work at RSSB he worked as a consultant on safety assurance of complex safety critical systems, following previous roles in the railway supply sector designing rail systems.

George has a PhD in Computer Science, specialising in railway risk modelling and is a Chartered Electrical Engineer, and a Fellow of the Safety and Reliability Society. He is the visiting Professor of Railway System Safety at the University of Huddersfield and is an independent expert advisor to the board safety subcommittee of National Air Traffic Services (NATS).