Management Team:

Alan Tarrant


I specialize in offering recruitment solutions for the Rail Industry throughout the UK and Overseas – Disciplines include civil, structural, permanent way, electrification, signalling, commercial, planning, project controls & safety critical (PTS to SWL). I can provide fully trained, referenced and experienced contract personnel to deal with long or short-term projects. I am also able to fully manage the recruitment process for full time permanent positions ranging from Senior Management to onsite trades and labor.


Born in a manger, in Withington, Manchester, in the January of 1978. The sky was clear, the stars were bright, the US no. 1 song “How Deep Is Your Love” by the Bee Gees played in the background. Little did Alan’s parents know the young chap they’d just brought in to the world would have such a profound & positive impact on so many lives across the globe.

After a short stint at Nursery Alan moved to Junior School & then on to High School where after an extremely promising start he gained no GCSE passes at all. He did however show some great sales promise in these early years where he sold sweets & drinks amongst other things to his fellow school friends. Alan is now married with 3 boys and still lives in Manchester. Most of his spare time is spent with his family enjoying holidays, days out and generally having a blast. Favourite drinks – anything alcoholic with a special emphasis on shorts and shots.

Professional Life:

Worked in the recruitment industry for 15 years having after being exposed to the glitz and glamour through a friend. Sectors include FM, trades & labour, pharma, O&G, construction, nuclear & water before finally finding an industry that’s interesting, faced paced and full of great people – the rail sector. With over 10 years in the rail industry Alan has worked across multi disciplines, he has an excellent knowledge of both blue and white-collar appointments.

Joining Fission in July 2012 Alan spent the early years with Mark Heatherington working out of a small office in Mark’s garage with just a desk, laptop, and mobile phone. These years were tough but built strong foundations for what is now a multi-million-pound turnover organisation with 2 offices in the North West employing 15 people. Alan also held the position of North West Chairman for the Young Rail Professionals where he established a successful networking presence for them in the North West. Alan has recently retired from this role due to becoming the Founder of UK Rail Safety, a dedicated week each year that brings the whole industry together to promote safety at all levels across the UK.

5 Skills:

Temporary recruitment. Permanent recruitment. Search & Selection. Payroll facility. Short term and long-term contract recruitment. Onsite recruitment.  .

Reference from client/candidate:

Jim Daly

Civils CRE at RCE (Railway Civil Engineers) ltd

Alan has helped me on a few occasions to find the right people for the right job, i find his professionalism exceptional and trustworthy, he is also good at communicating at all levels in business and at sociable events, i would recommend him to any persons for assistance,

Peter Garden

Traction Power Engineer at Mott MacDonald

Alan was very helpful during my recent search for a new position. I found him to be knowledgeable, professional and reliable in my dealings with him. I would recommend Alan to anyone looking to pursue a change in career.

Martin Clerkin

Engineering Manager at Jacobs UK Ltd

Alan has successfully secured me a top position at Jacobs UK Ltd, I found him to be professional, helpful and someone that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed interacting with. Thanks Alan!


Bob Skuse – Engineering & Construction Manager

Samuel Shaw – Senior Consultant


Eg. Sam predominantly recruits Rail Design roles and also has started Fission Search in 2018 in order to focus on delivering on executive level roles within the Rail sector. Please get in touch to find out more. Candidate or Client, Sam will be happy to advise and consult appropriately!


Eg. Born in 1990, Sam has a passion for all sports (watching, not necessarily playing!!) and lives in Cheshire with his fiancée that plans to marry in Florence in 2019. His favourite Fission memory is going to Manchester Octoberfest for a staff night out!

Professional Life:

Eg. Having joined Fission in the summer of 2015, with no previous recruitment experience, Sam has excelled in the Rail Design sector with particular focus on OLE Design, Civil Design, Permanent Way Design and HV Design. He has built new design offices from scratch whilst also delivering senior key individuals to major projects worldwide.

5 Skills:

Eg. OLE Design, Civil Design, Permanent Way Design, HV Design, Executive Search

Reference from client/candidate:

Eg. “I would like to thank Sam personally for the effort they made to really understand the different skill sets required for each of the positions. Followed by the well-focused search which led to a good

group of candidates being put forward, all of which had strong credentials for the job.” Paul Steventon – MD Wentworth House Rail Systems

Emma Hunter – Senior Consultant


Emma covers the Recruitment for OLE Construction and Isolations supplying labour into many clients throughout the UK. Over the past three years Emma as supplied experienced OLE teams into principle/sub-contractors and consultancies helping to develop electrification projects. Examples of projects where OLE personnel have been supplied: West Coast Mainline Power Supply Upgrade Great Western Electrification Programme Preston to Blackpool Electrification


90’s child born in the Roman’s city, Chester! Favourite Fission memory was Fissions 2017 Christmas Party competing in the Crystal Maze dressed at elves, and yes, I was on the winning team!

Professional Life:

Starting Fission Recruitment in 2015 at a young age of just 22 this was Emma’s first ever recruitment position! Prior to recruitment Emma studied a diploma in Sports Coaching before going onto achieve a BaHons in Coaching Development at Liverpool John Moores University. Going from studying sport for five years to recruiting within a niche engineering industry was a huge change however it seems Emma cannot keep away from the OLE world!

5 Skills:

OLE Construction Managers, OLE Engineers, OLE Supervisors, OLE Linesmen & Isolations

Andrew Reilly – Senior Consultant


Andy recruits rail staff covering Design, Installation, Project Engineering and Test phases for projects both in the UK and more recently, Internationally. If you are considering your career options and would like to discuss further, please get in touch for a confidential chat.


Born in 1986, Andy enjoys keeping fit and lives an active lifestyle which is necessary with two little girls keeping him on his toes outside of work! One of his favourite Fission memories was purposely finishing second at go-karting, allowing Alan Tarrant to come first for his 40th birthday! #teamplayer

Professional Life:

Andy joined Fission in August 2013, following several years working for a major contractor accountancy. He has provided long term, reliable engineering resource that assist in delivery of projects for several Global Engineering Consultancies and Principal Contracts.

5 Skills:

Eg. Signalling, Telecom, Digital Rail , Project Management, Project Directors

Stephanie Fletcher – Consultant


Stephanie mainly recruits Rail Design and Construction roles on a Contract or Permanent basis across the UK and Scotland. She works with both large rail consultancies and small delivery firms. Whether you are wanting a new role or looking for project critical staff, please give Steph a call.


Stephanie’s favourite times at Fission are participating in sporting events and team building days such as Rail rugby, Sports days, Go karting, Crystal maze and many more. Recruiters being competitive is an understatement!

Professional Life:

Stephanie joined the Fission Rail in Summer 2014 and is one of the longest serving employees of the rail division. She has mainly focused on developing E&P Design and Construction, Technicians, Surveying and Planning.

5 Skills:

E&P Design, E&P Construction, Technicians, Surveying, Planning

David Moorhouse – Consultant


Dave is our Rolling Stock and Depot Systems specialist. Having initially recruited Trade and Technical labour for Rolling Stock and On Track Plant, Dave gained good industry knowledge and is always up to date with movements and projects within the industry. With a positive attitude and willingness to go the extra mile, Dave is always happy to help or consult, where necessary.


Dave was born in Birkenhead in 1995 and grew up in Ellesmere Port, home of Fission Rail. After school, he went on to study Business Management at the University of Derby, where he secured himself a BA Honours Degree. Dave shows a keen interest in sports, in particular boxing, football and golf (although he isn’t very good at any). If you are ever short of what to talk about with Dave, set him off on Manchester United, sit back and enjoy the show.

Professional Life:

Dave began his recruitment career at Ford and Stanley in 2016, straight from University. In this role, Dave developed the foundations of his professional experience, as well as his strong industry knowledge. Dave then relocated back to the North West in 2017 and set up our Rolling Stock division, here at Fission. Dave has excelled in rolling stock maintenance and is now branching into Depot Systems / Set-Up, both nationwide and globally, at the same time.

5 Skills:

Dual Skilled Technician, Fitter, Test & Commissioning Engineer, Project Manager, Interface Manager.

Accounts & Admin:

*** Please may these people be grouped together and I will get a group photo of everyone ***

Lynn Humphries – Finance & Administration Manager

Lucy Murray – Accountant Assistant

Kate Brown – Trainee Accountant

Fay Holland – Compliance & Office Administrator

Our Commitment:

The Fission Story

Established in 2007 Fission Recruitment Services Limited has become one of the leading global suppliers of railway professionals and on track staff.

Experienced in assisting clients in the tendering, construction and overall delivery of multi-million-pound rail projects.

Our extensive experience enables us to adapt easily to the demands and requirements of each of our clients and enables us to provide the uppermost quality of service. Areas of expertise in the rail sector include high-level executive search and selection, permanent recruitment, contract recruitment and payroll facilities.

With commitment to quality, honesty and integrity foremost, we ensure continued success for our clients.

The Fission Pledge

Placing the best, and most competent engineers, staff and labour force each time and every time, whilst using the opportunity to develop and support, talented informed competence.

· Honesty and reliability

· Speed

· Full referencing

· Friendly and efficient

· Training and development throughout

· Industry informed consultants

A Decade of Delivery


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