Meet The Team

All Finance Management Rail Senior Team
  • Name:  Mark Mason
    Job Title:  Managing Director

    Mark began his career in the Rail industry working on various sites throughout the UK. After having 12 successful years working in the Rail sector, Mark decided to set up Civil Rail Solutions, with a clear vision to supply a more bespoke and personal Labour service to the industry. Mark is very involved on a day to day basis at CRS, and quite often is seen on site visiting clients, whilst flying the CRS flag.
    Mark possesses entrepreneurial flair and has been at the helm at CRS for 9 years, since the company started in 2008. During this time the business has seen tremendous year on year growth, and this is mainly due to Mark’s dedication and constant drive within the business to make CRS one of the leading Rail labour suppliers in the country.

  • Name:  John Cheeseman
    Job Title:  Operations Director

    John Cheeseman joined the CRS team as General Manager back in September 2014. In early 2017 John took up the role of Operations Director within CRS.  He reports directly to the MD and is responsible for overseeing the general day to day running of all aspects of the business. John has worked within the rail industry for in excess of 13 years, predominantly within the renewals and small plant sectors. Prior to CRS, John worked for Balfour Beatty and Gamble Rail and brings a wealth of experience from both on and off the track, which he has used expertly to help develop the business and improve general operational standards within the company.

  • Name:  Paul Kelly
    Job Title:  Regional Operations Director

    Paul joined the CRS team as Operations Manager for CRS Construction Labour Ltd back in August 2014. Paul has previously worked in sales, whilst selling many different products into many different industries. Prior to CRS he worked for one of the biggest construction recruitment businesses in the world.
    He brings with him vast experience of building lasting relationships with his clients and his work force. Paul has worked his way up from Operations manager to now Regional Operations Director, based out of our our Doncaster regional office. Paul’s main role is to grow and expand our current client base in a bid to win the company new business as well as manage the office team in ensuring that our existing client contracts are managed, in line with both client and company expectation. His knowledge and understanding of the recruitment industry is a vital asset to the company.

  • Name:  Nicola Charbonnel
    Job Title:  Finance Manager

    Nicola started with CRS in September of 2017 and is responsible for leading our ever-growing finance & payroll team. She reports directly to the Managing Director. Nicola has a diverse background in Finance with extensive experience in public sector finance having worked for an Educational Trust for over 10 years and prior to that working for the Rail Industry after starting out in international banking in the City.
    During her career, Nicola has achieved Associate of Accounting Technician status followed by membership of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

  • Name:  Craig Southen
    Job Title:  Contracts Manager

    Craig is our Contracts Manager based out of our Ashford Head office in Kent. He is responsible for the day to day management of our on site contracts, whilst working closely with our office based teams and clients. Craig has been with CRS for over 7 years, and during his time he has risen through the ranks of the business. He has worked his way up from on site manager to his current role, and is a highly regarded member of our Management team .
    Craig has worked within the rail sector for over 12 years and has previously worked for a variety of our competitors and clients alike, so he fully understands the ever growing needs of the industry.

  • Name:  Callum Stroud
    Job Title:  Transport Manager

    Callum joined the team in October 2016 and holds in excess of 10 years experience within the transport industry. Since joining CRS Callum has brought a wealth of  ideas to the business in a bid to ensure that the CRS fleet of commercial vehicles is managed the most effective and cost efficient way possible. Callum has also been tasked with increasing driver safety and the ongoing management of our FORS accreditation. Callum is a welcome new addition to the team and will help contribute to the successful growth of the business.

  • Name:  Martin Mason
    Job Title:  Health & Safety Advisor

    Having previously been Operations Manager for the London Underground, Martin is now the Health and Safety Advisor for the business. He has already obtained IOSH certification, NVQ Level 3 in Occupational Health and Safety and is working towards his level 5. Martin is regularly visiting sites to brief our staff on a variety of safety points and issues. Martin has a previous background in the Police, which makes him ideal for the role due to his ability to deal with a variety of people, attention to detail and adherence to the rules.

  • Name:  Jamie Ades
    Job Title:  Labour Manager

    Jamie joined CRS as a Project Resourcer for the Underground division in January 2015. Prior to this, Jamie obtained his LUCAS card and gained experience working on the London Underground infrastructure. This experience proved invaluable when Jamie started his resource role within our labour team. After a 2 year stint in helping to manage our LU based projects, Jamie has more recently taken on the role of Labour Manager and currently manages a host of critical rail based projects.

  • Name:  Stuart Manning
    Job Title:  Labour Resourcer

    Stuart joined the PTS division at the perfect time. With CRS rail constantly growing, Stuart’s arrival in October 2015 has been massively welcomed by the PTS team. Stuart will be managing his own projects and helping to resource the labour requirements for them particular clients as required. Stuart has previous experience in the recruitment industry and has gained valuable skills from working for Kent Police which he can certainly use to excel in his role with CRS. More recently Stuart has been tasked with overseeing the day to management of our Track Partnership London Underground project, along with other rail based projects that CRS are delivering

  • Name:  Charlie McKenzie
    Job Title:  Labour Resourcer

    Charlie McKenzie joined CRS on Monday 5th November and is carrying out the role of Labour Resourcer,  working out of our Ashford based Head Office. Charlie is joining the business to support our labour resource team, as we approach what we believe will be a very busy period, leading into CP6.  Charlie holds vast experience of working both on and off track and has more recently worked in the rail small plant hire sector, servicing multiple tier 1 principal contractors.

  • Name:  Shannon Crisp
    Job Title:  Senior Administrator

    Shannon joined the CRS Underground Division in October 2015, supporting with a variety of administrative duties. This is a role that she excelled in and more recently, when our PTS & Rail departments merged, Shannon took on the role of Senior Administrator for the Head Office based labour team, heading up the admin team. Shannon is extremely thorough in her approach and swift in her execution, which enables her to be one step ahead in a busy recruitment environment.

  • Name:  Jack Mason
    Job Title:  Apprentice Office Administrator

    Jack joined CRS in January 2018 as an Apprentice Office Administrator. Jack will be supporting both side of the business with general administration and office duties. Jack brings with him the eagerness to learn and to push the business forward.

  • Name:  Paula Holmes
    Job Title:  Receptionist / Administrator

    Paula started with CRS in June 2018. She will be working as part of our Northern based team, whilst working out of our regional based office in Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Paula brings with her a wealth of both administration and reception experience, having worked for DHL for many years previously.


  • Name:  Lynda Williams
    Job Title:  Finance Administrator

    Lynda joined CRS back in September 2013 as Finance Administrator in our payroll department. Lynda holds vast accountancy experience and is a key part of our finance & payroll team.

  • Name:  Mark Bebbington
    Job Title:  Finance Officer

    Mark has been employed by CRS since August 2014. Mark brings a wealth of knowledge into the Finance Sector of the business. He is a member of the Institute of Credit Management and has been working in accounts/credit management for over 25 years. Mark’s job involves processing payroll and credit control.

  • Name:  Michelle Gurr
    Job Title:  Payroll Administrator

    Michelle joined CRS as Payroll Administrator in our finance department. She has previous experience in the rail industry after working for Balfour Beatty for 7 years and constantly proves herself as an important asset to the CRS back office team.

  • Name:  Claire Kelly
    Job Title:  Credit Controller

    Claire joined CRS in July 2014 as a credit controller as part of the expanding finance team. She holds 10 years’ experience of credit control, working within different industries.

  • Name:  Alisha Mason
    Job Title:  Junior Finance Assistant

    Alisha has been working within the CRS business since Jan 2016 and is the daughter of our MD and company owner Mark Mason.  She previously worked as an administrator within our rail department, and prior to that, she worked as our head office receptionist. More recently Alisha has taken a move to work within our Finance department as our Junior Finance Assistant, reporting to our Finance Manager, Nicola Charbonnel

  • Name:  Amy Wilson
    Job Title:  Receptionist

    Amy Wilson joined the business on Monday 3rd September 2018 and is currently carrying out the role of Receptionist, and will initially be covering maternity leave. Based at our Ashford head office, Amy has recently graduated from University, and was awarded a 2.1  grading whilst studying English and American literature at the University of Kent.

    During her time at University, Amy worked within the retail sector, which enabled her to develop her customer service skills, whilst dealing with people on all levels. These attributes will no doubt place Amy in a good position whilst carrying out her new role.

  • Name:  Kymberly Harford
    Job Title:  Receptionist / Administrator

    Kymberly is our receptionist / administrator and is working out of our head office, based in Ashford, Kent. Previously Kymberly has spent the last few years working within the hospitality sector in a similar role, whilst working in some of Kent’s most well know hotels. Kymberly brings with her a real joyful presence to all of our visitors that visit our head office. She will also be supporting other areas within the CRS business, in addition to carrying out her main receptionist role.

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