Cath Bellamy appointed to head new SLC Operations business

  • Cath will be MD of SLC Operations Ltd 
  • New company will provide rail operations and specialist training services for UK Rail  

SLC has announced the appointment of senior rail figure, Cath Bellamy, to establish and lead a new SLC Group company – SLC Operations.   

SLC Rail has spent 10 years supporting local authorities develop and deliver rail infrastructure projects, particularly new and refurbished stations, route upgrades and freight projects.  Cath will create and lead a new business to operate mainline train services, stations, and offer a range of independent training services. 

Ian Walters, Managing Director of SLC Rail said: “It’s an exciting time at SLC, as we continue to grow our business, services and expertise.  We’re delighted that Cath – who has a strong track record – has joined the SLC group of companies to establish this new offering for our organisation.  

“We have worked with Cath over many years in her previous roles and we are pleased to bring her capabilities, energy and ambition to lead this new business.” 

Cath joins from Vintage Trains, where she helped establish and then lead the charity owned train operating company, providing main line steam charter services. Previously Cath has been managing director of Chiltern Railways and Hull Trains, as well as leading various large commercial projects for the Department of Transport. 

Cath Bellamy said, “The team at SLC have successfully established themselves as specialists in making local, major transport projects happen for local authorities.  At present they are building a number of brand-new stations and are working on multiple local authority sponsored rail initiatives.  SLC Operations will widen our capability, allow us to build a capability to run trains and operate stations as well as help to open up avenues for careers in rail, helping to tackle specialist skill shortages across the industry.” 

This appointment comes shortly after the appointment of Graham Cross as MD of SLC Investments.