About Vital Rail
The Vital Services Group was founded in Manchester by John Smith, current CEO, in 1983. Initially a design consultancy and a professional and technical recruitment business the group has evolved to encompass contracting businesses across many industry sectors.
These developments have by no means been random and each addition has been carefully chosen to create synergies and complement our core offering. Rail, Civils, Construction, Power and Technology all work seamlessly together to provide our clients with a uniquely tailored solution.
Since its inception Vital Rail has steadily grown to become one of the largest suppliers of rail associated services and labour to Network Rail and London Underground.
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Director ProfilesDirector Profiles
Name: Gary Hardaker
Joined Vital: 2004
Managing DirectorGary holds a BSc degree in Computing and Mathematical Science and is a member of the Institute of Asset Management. Becoming Managing Director in January 2007 and, having previously been responsible for Business Improvement, he has a proven and successful track record in the delivery of complex business transformation projects, coupled with over 15 years of rail experience. He has overall responsibility for operational, safety and financial issues and sits on the main board; allowing him to interface and assist with the with group’s growth.
Name: Mohammed Ajaz
Joined Vital: 2004
DirectorGraduating with a Masters degree from UMIST, Mohammed joined Vital in 1999. He has extensive experience of delivering high profile recruitment projects both in the UK and overseas. His business recruits talented engineering candidates for clients and has developed a team of professionals whose ethos is completely client focused. Prior to joining Vital, Mohammed held a senior position in Management Consultancy.
Name: Jeff Maitland
Joined Vital: 2005
DirectorJeff is a former Network Rail Asset Protection Engineer, British Rail Chief Estate Surveyor, and North West Secretary of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors/SST NW Regional Committee. Appointed External Works Director in 2005, Jeff has drawn upon his extensive knowledge and long-term experience of railway procedures and practices to enable the Division offer the highest quality engineering consultation and surveying services in connection with outside party works on or adjacent to the operational railway infrastructure.