Alan Tarrant


I specialise 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 labour.


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 among 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 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, fast 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 Week, a dedicated week each year that brings the whole industry together to promote safety at all levels across the UK.