Meet the Team

Andy McKenna

Andy is a Trainer/Assessor for most of the sentinel railway competencies. He has a teaching background with colleges, but his career with railways comes from his passion for steam trains and heritage railways. He regularly drives steam trains so his knowledge of railways is two sided.

Sheila McKenna

Sheila has been a trainer for almost 30 years when she started working with adults and children who had additional specific educational needs. Training people with additional training needs has been of special interest of hers as she worked in the Deaf community for 12 years. She has had an interest in the railway for many years and has visited many railway sites through her involvement as a steam support crew member and has volunteered her services with many steam locomotives over the years and was the fund raising officer for A4 locomotive Sir Nigel Gresley for some time which was based on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, where she was a qualified fireman. Sheila also volunteers in her local community visiting people with dementia helping them re-visit life experiences.  She is now a member of the Kent and East Sussex railway since she moved to run our Kent office where she works on a full-time basis.  She is training to be a Guard and fireman.  Her knowledge of the railway industry has aided to the success of Amtrain. 

Jenny Tamplin

Jenny has been working at Amtrain since August 2008. During her time at Amtrain she has moved on from a Training Coordinator to the  Accounts Managr. Everyone who walks through our doors knows Jenny for her infectious laugh! Prior to Amtrain Jenny had a varied career in Retail Management and Banking.

Nathan Moore

Nathan has been with the company for a number of years and has undertaken many different roles during these years. Nathan has extensive knowledge of both the operational and the audit/training aspect of the railway. Nathan’s day to day jobs now consist of Safety Critical Training and Assessing and undertaking Compliance duties/Audits. Nathan can deliver a wide variety of courses from Personal Track Safety through to specialist LOWS and ATWS courses. Nathan also delivers training for train operated companies for senior conductors and booking staff.

Duncan McKenna

Duncan joined Amtrain in June 2014 when he finished school. He has completed his apprenticeship in business admin and has been one of many we have taken on over the years that have made Amtrain successful in helping young people to achieve their potential. Duncan moved from working doing business admin to teaching personal track safety he has an enthusiastic and energetic teaching style and teaches ICI NR + LU, PTS DCCR, OLEC  and Lookout/site warden. Duncan spends his free time doing track work to try and improve his knowledge within the industry as well as to greater his knowledge and aid his teaching abilities.

Ian Pollard

Ian has specialised in provision of operating standards and associated competence assurance at Principal Contractors and Rail Plant Operating Companies.  Ian has maintained comprehensive Sentinel Trainer/Assessor accreditations since 2005 and regularly attends and contributes at wider industry networking groups.  Ian can deliver a wide variety of OTP Controller and Lift Planning courses and specialises in non-Sentinel training in all aspects of POS and ALO.

Robert Normoyle

Rob has worked in the rail for many years. He started as a track man and progressed to a machine controller. Rob now trains PTS, Lookout, COSS, ES and also Safe Work Leader . Rob is also an assessor for Amtrain and regularly goes out on site to assess workers on their competencies.

Darren Hooper (Spike)


Max Cook

Max started working for Amtrain in 2018 as a Training Co-Ordinator which involved dealing with bookings, queries and assisting trainers with paperwork and any other problems. Since then Max has developed massively  and gained a great understanding and knowledge of the railway. Last year Max started to deliver training for West Midlands Trains for their new system and now that has finished is looking to develop his skills and become a PTS Trainer. Max has plenty of on track experience working weekends for many companies completing Isolation work across the country. 

Aaron Salt

Aaron started working for Amtrain in late 2017 jumping straight into the admin role; his daily jobs consist of dealing with bookings, queries and assisting trainers with paperwork for courses. Aaron has come from a previous PE/Sports teaching background within schools and recently worked with Adults with learning difficulties. He has also done some work on Track and has some knowledge of the Railway but is curious to learn and progress throughout his time within the company and looking to improve, explore and gain different skills within his career.


Jake Kearns

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