Our leadership

We know we're only as good as our people – and that's why we make a habit of
hiring the absolute best in the business.

paul hann

Paul Hann

Director /
Founder

Paul has over 30 years of rail engineering experience and has held key roles in rail projects throughout Australia, the UK, Europe and South East Asia. After developing his reputation as a principles level design engineer working both for large organisations and as a freelance consultant, Paul co-founded RCSA in 2007 with the objective of providing engineering excellence and project delivery expertise to the rail industry. Paul maintained a key leadership role within the business throughout its transformation from a small consultancy to a multi-disciplinary technology and delivery organisation and assumed the role of CEO in 2019.

With a focus on the professional development of RCSA’s people and true partnerships with it’s clients, Paul’s key attributes are his drive for disruptive business & technology innovation and empowering his staff to perform at their very best. Paul’s goals are to drive the strategic growth of the business and ensure that RCS Australia is delivering the safest and most efficient rail networks in the world.

Richard Ogilvie

Director /
Founder

Richard’s role as both a director and Principles Engineer sees him working on the strategy and governance of the business as well as delivering for customers as part of our Engineering Team. With his specialties in Victorian signalling systems as well as in the Testing And Commissioning space, Richard assists our clients in delivering new and altered signalling systems as a Tester-In-Charge or Principles Tester. Richard is also a key contributor to RCS Australia’s products and technology team where he uses his knowledge of both signalling and alternative technologies as part of the development of our new innovative products and technology.

Richard’s passion lies within the rail industry, and his vision sees rail being the future for transport. At RCS Australia, he can bring his interest to life by leading our delivery of signalling systems using both conventional and evolving technology across Australia and the world.

Carmen Harrison

Chief Financial
Officer

Carmen is a qualified Chartered Accountant with over 10 years’ experience across numerous industries in professional services and industry based roles.  During her career, Carmen has held a number of senior roles including finance lead responsibilities across the Asia Pacific region providing insights and support to Boards and Key Management Executives. Throughout her nearly 13-year career in accounting, auditing and growth strategy, Carmen has established a reputation for building world-class teams and for aligning financial and business metrics to support business strategy and high-growth.

In this position, Carmen is responsible for the overall financial strategy and direction at Rail Control, as well as human resources. Within finance, she guides the controller, treasury, accounting, tax, and internal audit functions to pursue the company’s aggressive growth strategy and meet its clients’ expectations.

Bret Parker

Engineering Leader

With over 24 years experience as both an electrical and signaling engineer, Bret is responsible for ensuring that both our Melbourne and Brisbane design teams meet and exceed our clients expectations. He is accountable for ensuring efficiency and quality of our design through continuous improvement, training and mentorship. Bret has worked in signalling design, construction, maintenance and asset management, along with similar roles in asset protection and train control systems. He has delivered complex signalling and rail systems projects across a variety of technologies and has experience with design and maintenance of multiple CBI and other digital control systems, along with conventional relay systems.

He has a wide knowledge of signalling and related technology and a keen understanding of the issues faced by asset owners and operators. He has created, specified and developed many unique systems and products for use in the signalling environment and has extensive skill in managing these projects to completion within their complex regulatory environments. Bret has a proven leadership record, successfully leading multidisciplinary engineering, asset management, maintenance and construction teams and has held senior positions in multiple Rail Infrastructure Management organisations.

Jacquelle Coldhill

Director,
Commercial &
Construction

Jacquelle is a qualified business professional with over 15 years experience in commercial management and project delivery. She is responsible for planning, executing and monitoring the project and commercial operations at RCS Australia. Jacquelle or Jacq as she prefers to be called, works with her stakeholders in order to fully understand the brief and deliver her clients desired project outcomes.  She focuses on implementing a structured approach to the business in order to support RCS Australia’s ongoing growth & development.

Throughout her career, Jacq has managed and successfully executed numerous engineering and construction projects throughout Australia, providing advice across multiple projects on both a commercial and delivery front.

Richard Keals-Smith

Project Delivery Leader

Richard is a highly skilled and experienced Portfolio and Project Manager. With 20 years of experience on railway infrastructure projects in the UK and Australia, he has led both engineering and project delivery teams.

A chartered electrical engineer, Richard began his career in engineering working on Traction Power projects in the UK, before transitioning into the Project Management discipline. He became a Registered Project Manager with the Australian Institute of Project Managers, and successfully delivered projects across the fields of Traction Power, Rollingstock and Signalling before moving into Portfolio Management

As Project Delivery Leader for Rail Control Systems Australia, Richard is responsible for the safe and successful delivery of RCSAs project portfolio; on time, on budget and to our high quality standards.

As a leader, Richard is supportive, organised and focused on setting up high functioning project teams. He strives for collaborative working and enjoys building relationships to assist in achieving both project targets and strategic business objectives.

Steve Allmark

Steve Allmark

Brisbane Team Leader

With over 27 years industry experience from CAD through to signalling design, delivery & team leadership, Steve is responsible for ensuring that our Brisbane engineering team operate as a cohesive unit as well as meeting and exceeding our client’s expectations. He is accountable for overseeing efficient project delivery from our Brisbane based engineering teams with a focus on quality outcomes for our clients, underpinned by a high focus on safety.

Steve has worked in signalling design and construction projects throughout the UK, Europe, Australia and in South East Asia. He has helped deliver complex signalling and rail systems projects for many rail authorities, across a variety of technologies and has experience with design of multiple CBI and other digital control systems, along with conventional relay systems utilising various types of train detection technologies.

Joseph O'Connell

Joseph O’Connell

Melbourne Team Leader

With more than 17 years’ experience as a signalling engineer, Joseph has a comprehensive knowledge of developing, designing, verifying and leading high quality signalling systems across multiple rail operations both locally and internationally. He has worked hard within RCSA to introducing new technology to the industry and participate in research and development for RCSA’s cutting edge technology driven projects.

Joseph has a proven track record of successfully executing projects in accordance with company procedures and specific client requirements, with an emphasis on safety, timeliness and cost efficiency. He is proven to be a motivator and facilitator, with strong communication and interpersonal skills.

During Joseph’s time as the Engineering Team Leader in Melbourne he has worked hard at developing the team by providing mentorship and guidance. He is committed to improving communication across projects and vertically within the company to ensure the team is working with the latest standards, best practices and providing room for innovation. Joseph maintains a safety critical role in many of the Melbourne Teams active projects.

Leon Zabel

Leon Zabel

Testing & Commissioning Team Leader

Leon is responsible for the management, supervision and compliance of the testing and commissioning team and testing activities across the company. Our team validates and verifies the operation of rail equipment and systems to protect the safety of people, plant and equipment.

Leon has more than 16 years’ experience in the rail industry across Australia and New Zealand. He has signalling experience and a comprehensive knowledge of developing, designing, verifying and testing high quality signalling systems. He has a proven track record of successfully preparing and executing projects in accordance with company procedures and specific client requirements, with an emphasis on safety, timeliness and cost efficiency.

Leon is a recognised Tester in Charge and functional tester and has maintained principal design competencies. He prides himself on accuracy, innovative design, and diligence in safety and risk mitigation. This multidisciplinary experience as well as university-level education in engineering and railway signalling and management ensures Leon is well placed to deliver quality engineering and continuous improvement within RCS Australia.

Daniel Grivicic

Daniel Grivicic

Technology & Systems Team Leader

Daniel is a safety engineer with significant control system exposure, having worked for major manufacturers of critical control systems. He supports all stages of the safety lifecycle with cross-discipline experience within manufacturing, major hazard facilities and rail. He contributes back into the safety community through his current involvement in Australian Safety Standards committees, committee work with Engineers Australia Risk Engineering Society and past contribution to the OHS Body of Knowledge for Process Safety.

Daniel has investigated a systems engineering approach to safety through a recent project that identified safety argument within a control structure-based hazard analysis. Having joined the rail sector recently, Daniel supports RCSA’s disruptive business and does so by guiding their signalling engineers in the design and implementation of common off the shelf safety control systems.

Brian Shellock

Brian Shellock

Construction Delivery Manager

Brian is responsible for leading a team of signalling professionals as part of the Unity Alliance delivering the Cross-River Rail Project in Brisbane. Brian is responsible for material overview, budgets, delivery of key stage works on existing and new infrastructure, and planning for upcoming works to support this fast-moving project.

Brian has more than 16 years-experience in the rail industry having previously worked as both a construction engineer and construction manager on ETCS L2 projects. He also has experience in Signalling fault rectification, Testing, and Competency Assessment.

Darren McNamara

Darren McNamara

Construction Delivery Manager

Darren is a respected and self-motivated rail professional with more than 33 years of experience delivering and managing rail projects. He has extensive experience in construction, managing large scale projects from inception to completion. Darren began his rail career in maintenance and construction and continued to work on major construction projects both in Australia and New Zealand.

Darren is highly skilled in leading teams, programming, adhering to project deadlines, and ensuring communication with internal and external partners to ensure on-time and on-budget completion of the project. He prides himself on his network of industry partners to ensure works are completed to the highest of standards.

paul hann

Paul Hann

Director /
Founder

Paul has over 30 years of rail engineering experience and has held key roles in rail projects throughout Australia, the UK, Europe and South East Asia. After developing his reputation as a principles level design engineer working both for large organisations and as a freelance consultant, Paul co-founded RCSA in 2007 with the objective of providing engineering excellence and project delivery expertise to the rail industry. Paul maintained a key leadership role within the business throughout its transformation from a small consultancy to a multi-disciplinary technology and delivery organisation and assumed the role of CEO in 2019.

With a focus on the professional development of RCSA’s people and true partnerships with it’s clients, Paul’s key attributes are his drive for disruptive business & technology innovation and empowering his staff to perform at their very best. Paul’s goals are to drive the strategic growth of the business and ensure that RCS Australia is delivering the safest and most efficient rail networks in the world.

Richard Ogilvie

Director /
Founder

Richard’s role as both a director and Principles Engineer sees him working on the strategy and governance of the business as well as delivering for customers as part of our Engineering Team. With his specialties in Victorian signalling systems as well as in the Testing And Commissioning space, Richard assists our clients in delivering new and altered signalling systems as a Tester-In-Charge or Principles Tester. Richard is also a key contributor to RCS Australia’s products and technology team where he uses his knowledge of both signalling and alternative technologies as part of the development of our new innovative products and technology.

Richard’s passion lies within the rail industry, and his vision sees rail being the future for transport. At RCS Australia, he can bring his interest to life by leading our delivery of signalling systems using both conventional and evolving technology across Australia and the world.

Carmen Harrison

Chief Financial
Officer

Carmen is a qualified Chartered Accountant with over 10 years’ experience across numerous industries in professional services and industry based roles.  During her career, Carmen has held a number of senior roles including finance lead responsibilities across the Asia Pacific region providing insights and support to Boards and Key Management Executives. Throughout her nearly 13-year career in accounting, auditing and growth strategy, Carmen has established a reputation for building world-class teams and for aligning financial and business metrics to support business strategy and high-growth.

In this position, Carmen is responsible for the overall financial strategy and direction at Rail Control, as well as human resources. Within finance, she guides the controller, treasury, accounting, tax, and internal audit functions to pursue the company’s aggressive growth strategy and meet its clients’ expectations.

Bret Parker

Engineering Leader

With over 24 years experience as both an electrical and signaling engineer, Bret is responsible for ensuring that both our Melbourne and Brisbane design teams meet and exceed our clients expectations. He is accountable for ensuring efficiency and quality of our design through continuous improvement, training and mentorship. Bret has worked in signalling design, construction, maintenance and asset management, along with similar roles in asset protection and train control systems. He has delivered complex signalling and rail systems projects across a variety of technologies and has experience with design and maintenance of multiple CBI and other digital control systems, along with conventional relay systems.

He has a wide knowledge of signalling and related technology and a keen understanding of the issues faced by asset owners and operators. He has created, specified and developed many unique systems and products for use in the signalling environment and has extensive skill in managing these projects to completion within their complex regulatory environments. Bret has a proven leadership record, successfully leading multidisciplinary engineering, asset management, maintenance and construction teams and has held senior positions in multiple Rail Infrastructure Management organisations.

Jacquelle Coldhill

Director,
Commercial &
Construction

Jacquelle is a qualified business professional with over 15 years experience in commercial management and project delivery. She is responsible for planning, executing and monitoring the project and commercial operations at RCS Australia. Jacquelle or Jacq as she prefers to be called, works with her stakeholders in order to fully understand the brief and deliver her clients desired project outcomes.  She focuses on implementing a structured approach to the business in order to support RCS Australia’s ongoing growth & development.

Throughout her career, Jacq has managed and successfully executed numerous engineering and construction projects throughout Australia, providing advice across multiple projects on both a commercial and delivery front.

Richard Keals-Smith

Project Delivery Leader

Richard is a highly skilled and experienced Portfolio and Project Manager. With 20 years of experience on railway infrastructure projects in the UK and Australia, he has led both engineering and project delivery teams.

A chartered electrical engineer, Richard began his career in engineering working on Traction Power projects in the UK, before transitioning into the Project Management discipline. He became a Registered Project Manager with the Australian Institute of Project Managers, and successfully delivered projects across the fields of Traction Power, Rollingstock and Signalling before moving into Portfolio Management

As Project Delivery Leader for Rail Control Systems Australia, Richard is responsible for the safe and successful delivery of RCSAs project portfolio; on time, on budget and to our high quality standards.

As a leader, Richard is supportive, organised and focused on setting up high functioning project teams. He strives for collaborative working and enjoys building relationships to assist in achieving both project targets and strategic business objectives.

Steve Allmark

Steve Allmark

Brisbane Team Leader

With over 27 years industry experience from CAD through to signalling design, delivery & team leadership, Steve is responsible for ensuring that our Brisbane engineering team operate as a cohesive unit as well as meeting and exceeding our client’s expectations. He is accountable for overseeing efficient project delivery from our Brisbane based engineering teams with a focus on quality outcomes for our clients, underpinned by a high focus on safety.

Steve has worked in signalling design and construction projects throughout the UK, Europe, Australia and in South East Asia. He has helped deliver complex signalling and rail systems projects for many rail authorities, across a variety of technologies and has experience with design of multiple CBI and other digital control systems, along with conventional relay systems utilising various types of train detection technologies.

Joseph O'Connell

Joseph O’Connell

Melbourne Team Leader

With more than 17 years’ experience as a signalling engineer, Joseph has a comprehensive knowledge of developing, designing, verifying and leading high quality signalling systems across multiple rail operations both locally and internationally. He has worked hard within RCSA to introducing new technology to the industry and participate in research and development for RCSA’s cutting edge technology driven projects.

Joseph has a proven track record of successfully executing projects in accordance with company procedures and specific client requirements, with an emphasis on safety, timeliness and cost efficiency. He is proven to be a motivator and facilitator, with strong communication and interpersonal skills.

During Joseph’s time as the Engineering Team Leader in Melbourne he has worked hard at developing the team by providing mentorship and guidance. He is committed to improving communication across projects and vertically within the company to ensure the team is working with the latest standards, best practices and providing room for innovation. Joseph maintains a safety critical role in many of the Melbourne Teams active projects.

Leon Zabel

Leon Zabel

Testing & Commissioning Team Leader

Leon is responsible for the management, supervision and compliance of the testing and commissioning team and testing activities across the company. Our team validates and verifies the operation of rail equipment and systems to protect the safety of people, plant and equipment.

Leon has more than 16 years’ experience in the rail industry across Australia and New Zealand. He has signalling experience and a comprehensive knowledge of developing, designing, verifying and testing high quality signalling systems. He has a proven track record of successfully preparing and executing projects in accordance with company procedures and specific client requirements, with an emphasis on safety, timeliness and cost efficiency.

Leon is a recognised Tester in Charge and functional tester and has maintained principal design competencies. He prides himself on accuracy, innovative design, and diligence in safety and risk mitigation. This multidisciplinary experience as well as university-level education in engineering and railway signalling and management ensures Leon is well placed to deliver quality engineering and continuous improvement within RCS Australia.

Daniel Grivicic

Daniel Grivicic

Technology & Systems Team Leader

Daniel is a safety engineer with significant control system exposure, having worked for major manufacturers of critical control systems. He supports all stages of the safety lifecycle with cross-discipline experience within manufacturing, major hazard facilities and rail. He contributes back into the safety community through his current involvement in Australian Safety Standards committees, committee work with Engineers Australia Risk Engineering Society and past contribution to the OHS Body of Knowledge for Process Safety.

Daniel has investigated a systems engineering approach to safety through a recent project that identified safety argument within a control structure-based hazard analysis. Having joined the rail sector recently, Daniel supports RCSA’s disruptive business and does so by guiding their signalling engineers in the design and implementation of common off the shelf safety control systems.

Brian Shellock

Brian Shellock

Construction Delivery Manager

Brian is responsible for leading a team of signalling professionals as part of the Unity Alliance delivering the Cross-River Rail Project in Brisbane. Brian is responsible for material overview, budgets, delivery of key stage works on existing and new infrastructure, and planning for upcoming works to support this fast-moving project.

Brian has more than 16 years-experience in the rail industry having previously worked as both a construction engineer and construction manager on ETCS L2 projects. He also has experience in Signalling fault rectification, Testing, and Competency Assessment.

Darren McNamara

Darren McNamara

Construction Delivery Manager

Darren is a respected and self-motivated rail professional with more than 33 years of experience delivering and managing rail projects. He has extensive experience in construction, managing large scale projects from inception to completion. Darren began his rail career in maintenance and construction and continued to work on major construction projects both in Australia and New Zealand.

Darren is highly skilled in leading teams, programming, adhering to project deadlines, and ensuring communication with internal and external partners to ensure on-time and on-budget completion of the project. He prides himself on his network of industry partners to ensure works are completed to the highest of standards.

We have a culture where everyone has ownership of business outcomes, so we
promote an environment where everyone has a voice. We place trust in our
people to perform their roles and they deliver in spades.

Chris Hooper, HR manager