Byron Software and Services

Curriculum Vitae
Neil Thompson


Address: 6 Ashbourne Avenue, Bolton, BL2 1LS
Telephone: 087 199 66268
Nationality/Birth: British, 1951.
Marital Status: Married, 2 children.


General Course in Engineering, Keighley Technical College (1969)
Ordinary National Certificate in Engineering, Keighley Technical College (1971)
Technician Apprenticeship, 4 years with Landis Lund Ltd. (1972)
Student Apprenticeship, 2 years with GEC Traction Ltd. (1974)
Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech.Honours 2.2) in Mechanical Engineering from Bradford University (1975) 
Quality Management System Assessor certificate (1994)


M.I.MechE. Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (1981)
C.Eng. Engineering Council Registration (1981)
FIQA. Fellow of the Institute of Quality Assurance (1986)

Career History

Byron Software and Services, Bolton, BL2 1LS
1997 - refer:

Beloit Walmsley Ltd, Crompton Way, Bolton, BL1 8UL
- Paper making machinery; Design, Manufacture, Procurement & Installation.

1989 - 97 Quality Manager
Reporting to CEO. Responsible for ISO9001 implementation (certificated 1993) and maintenance, TQM including introduction of computerised systems and ASME 'U stamp' control and certification for Pressure Vessels (from 3ft to 22ft dia), includes all liaison with regulatory/government authorities and registration of legal documents. Subordinates include Chief Inspector/Quality engineer/Auditor / NDT technicians / QC Inspectors and metallurgist. Areas covered were Sales, Design, Pre-shop, Heavy Foundry, Fabrication, Machine shops (various), Procurement, Erection/fitting and site.

GEC Transportation Projects Ltd. PO Box 134, Manchester, M60 1AH
- Rail Projects; Design, Procurement & Installation.

1983-89 Project Management - Senior Engineer
Responsible for developing company program and planning activities, and project quality assurance procedures, assessing resources/contractor performance, recommending/implementing corrective actions. Introduced computerised systems for specification/tenders and technical services. Represented GECTPL and GECTRN at headquarters Reliability Interest Group.

1981-83 Quality Assurance/Site Manager (Africa)
Responsible for locomotive build and QA aspects of design, manufacture and installation including contractor audit and assessment.

GEC Traction Ltd. Trafford Park, Manchester, M60 1AH
- Rail Vehicles; Design, Manufacture, Procurement & Site.

1979-81 Project Manager Spares Manufacturing
Responsible for 'setting up' a separate facility isolated from other product lines. Preparation of capital expenditure requests. Introduced computer techniques to assist forecasting, planning, procurement, progress, quality and cost control and achievement of output. Negotiated introduction of New Technology with Trade Union officials. Recruitment and appointment of personnel, direct control 36 people. Increased output by targeted 400% whilst remaining within budget.

1978-79 Traction Site Manager Taiwan
Engaged on Railway Electrification Project responsible to UK for erection, commissioning, modification and initial service maintenance of a fleet of 20 Locomotives and 13 Electrical Multiple Units. Recruitment and appointment of local staff (total 20), control of a staff of 30 people.

1975-77 Commissioning/Site Engineer
Engaged as Commissioning, Service and then Site engineer for Tube Stock supplied to London Transport.

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