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Richard Robertson

Managing Director

In a nutshell, what do you do?

Look after the team and the running of the business.  Involve everyone in achieving what we need to achieve for the client and the company.


What made you decide to do it at Vortok?

A genuine love of the railway that’s grown since I started here.  I can’t imagine working in any other industry.


What excites you most about your work?

Seeing the team fired up and working together to solve the weird and wonderful problems facing our clients.


Tell me about your biggest achievement before you joined Vortok?

Running 3 European divisions of Arnold Engineering and trebling their sales.  I also embedded sub-components into designs that continue to guarantee revenue today.


What are the two most interesting projects you’ve worked on since you joined Vortok?

Balise mounts: such a simple product yet it hits all the right buttons for our customers – no possessions, safer working and low cost.

Vortok Measure and Detect: I’m very excited about our new technology because it can cure so many problems - and we’ve barely scratched the surface with its potential applications.  Railway operators can use it to achieve a massive improvement in worker safety for a very modest spend.


If you could solve one problem in the railway industry, what would it be?

Public perception.  Everyone knocks the railway industry without realising what an incredible infrastructure we have.  People never think about how weatherproof it is compared to a car.


How do you relax?

Travel, comedy and reading.