New MD for Derby rail services firm

Craig Burton and Keith Pallet

Derby-based CoMech has appointed Craig Burton, formerly of Bombardier, as its new managing director.

CoMech provides measurement and calibration solutions in the rail industry.

The firm’s previous managing director and owner, Keith Pallett, has stepped aside to work on projects and acquisitions which will bring additional services into the wider CoMech group, says he will remain a key figure within the business.

Pallet said: “The rail industry is going through a period of transformation, and we have an important role to play in providing our customers with the expertise and support to ensure its future remains strong.

“We have invested considerably in our personnel and technologies over the years, expanding into new facilities in our Laboratories, web-based asset management, online retail and new administration offices at Derby’s Rail Technology Centre.

“Under Craig’s experienced leadership, and the appointment of additional key staff we are all focused on further developing our brand and offering, these are exciting times.

“With Craig’s experience and understanding of the company’s operations and culture, Craig is uniquely positioned to take over as Managing Director.”

Burton, who began his career as an electrical engineer at Bombardier, added: “CoMech has a long and storied history, and with more than 20-years experience in the rail industry I am thrilled to be joining a team that shares the same drive, passion and perspective.

“In addition to having roots firmly in the rail sector, CoMech has been servicing safety-critical industries in the field of metrology for more than 25 years. I look forward to another 25 years of continued success and exciting opportunities.”