The DRS team brings commitment, diligence and extensive industry experience. We like to work extremely closely with our clients to truly understand their business drivers and create services which meet the real business needs.
Meet the team
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The Management Team
Debbie Francis - Managing Director
Debbie joined DRS in July 2016 following a 3 ½ year term at Network Rail as the London North Western Route Finance and Commercial Director. Debbie has 30 years of experience across a range of industries from IT to infrastructure maintenance to rail. She has also gained extensive experience throughout her career both in the UK and overseas in finance, systems, commercial, operations and business development.
Debbie currently lives in the North West and is married with one son.
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants - FCCA
BA Hons 2:1 Business Studies
Chris Connelly BSc – Director of Commercial and Business Development
Chris is responsible for all Company Commercial and Business Development activities in addition to all sales marketing and procurement functions. These responsibilities also encompass legal services, insurance, public relations and company strategy development.
Having joined the company in 1997, Chris has overseen the profitable growth and development of the company which is now leader in the critical and bespoke transport market.
Previously he held the position of Head of UK Commercial Sales within British Nuclear Fuels where he lead commercial discussions with Magnox Generation and British Energy to conclude £9bn lifetime contracts to manage spent fuel from generating stations.
Graduating with a BSc Hons in Physics, Economics and Accounting, with over 25 years of high level commercial experience, Chris has developed best practise through a combination of nuclear and rail expertise.
48 years old, Chris is married with 3 Children. He is a Director of Penrith Rugby Club where he is Chairman of the youth section.
Jeffery Marshall BSc – Operations Director
When Jeff joined DRS in 2002, he started as the General Manager of Risk and Compliance but later in that year Jeff took over responsibility for the planning and delivery of all operational services for the company including train planning and 24 hour control functions, along with safety, security, quality and environment compliance aspects of the Company, he also gained approval from all Regulators on the company's Safety Case. The Operations Department has over 160 members of traincrew and 40 management and supervisory staff who carry out day to day management of traincrew at a number of depots throughout the UK, train operational planning and 24 operation control coverage and also 12 members of the Compliance Management Team.
Before joining DRS, Jeff worked for BNFL for 16 years during this time he had roles of:
• Graduate Programmer
• Project Engineer
• Plant Engineer
• Operations Management
Jeff is married with 2 children.
BSC HONS Mechanical Engineering
Institute of Industrial Management Associate Diploma in Management Studies
Mike Leckie – Finance Director
Mike joined DRS in May 2017 after a 5 year period working on interim contracts in the engineering, energy and aviation sectors. Prior to that Mike spent over 25 years in the oil & gas industry, managing a broad range of business functions, including Finance, Commercial, Procurement, IT and Logistics.
Mike has a son and a daughter and lives in the North West with his partner.
Chartered Institute of Management Accountants – ACMA, CGMA
Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators - ACIS
BA Business Studies
Janice McCann – HSEQ Director
DRS Functional Heads
Functional Head of Operations Delivery
Functional Head of Performance
Functional Head of Security and Resilience
Functional Head of Business Services
Functional Head of Traction & Rolling Stock
Functional Head of Production Planning
Functional Head of Commercial & Business Development
Simon Price BEng (Hons)
Functional Head of Programme & Infrastructure Support
Functional Head of Operations Business Support
Functional Head of Health Safety Environment and Quality