Mick Haynes

Technical Director, Hit Rail B.V.

Mick Haynes is a leading rail consultant with over 45 years’ experience. He is Hit Rail’s Technical Director, responsible for the company’s pan-European networking strategy. He is responsible for the HEROS architecture.

He began his career as a Railway Management Trainee with British Rail. From 1970 he moved into information technology management, ultimately becoming Technical Manager for all UK systems and then Head of British Railways’ IT function. When the company was privatised in the 1990s he moved to Anglo-French IT services company Sema later ATOS. He was also responsible for the UK railways internal data network.

In 2003 Mick joined Network Rail’s IM Strategy team, specializing in application architecture. Until recently he was part-time advisor to Network Rail on the EU’s interoperability TSI regulations and also advises on future control architecture and the future needs for rolling stock databases.

Mick has held many international roles, serving as Director of Projects with Romanian Railways, helping to modernize and integrate railway applications and business process re-engineering for operations, freight management and infrastructure. He worked with ADIF, the Spanish Railway Infrastructure Authority, advising them on the introduction of TSIs, and has collaborated on many Europe-wide consultancy studies. He has been Chairman of the Europe-wide data networking group Hermes (GPH) for over 25 years.