Meet The Team

At Sabre Rail, our dedication to service excellence permeates the entire team. Our 80 strong workforce each play a vital role in our continued success, working as a cohesive unit to deliver industry defining levels of customer satisfaction.

Stephen Thompson
Caroline Mills
James Jacques
Brian Capeling
Adrian Handley
Tony Whalen
Neil Hodgson
Stephen Thompson

Stephen Thompson

Chairman

Email: stephen.thompson@sabrerail.com

Stephen joined the staff of Sabre Rail in 2001, immediately after graduating from Liverpool University, however he first got his hands on railway brake and suspension components when just 12 years old.

A Chartered Mechanical Engineer and a Fellow of the IMechE, Stephen’s love of engineering is always apparent – sometimes referred to as a 'bit nerdy' by his Wife and Children.

After 10 years as Managing Director Stephen became Chairman in May 2017 to pursue a role involving more strategic support for the UK Managing Director and the Managing Director of the rapidly growing Sabre Rail Australia.

Stephen likes to spend his leisure time walking in the countryside with his family and dogs.

 

Caroline Mills

Caroline Mills

Management Accountant

Email: caroline.mills@sabrerail.com

Heading up our finance function and ensuring all fiscal related matters run like clockwork, Caroline is also an Associate of the CIPD. The overall performance of Sabre Rail relies on strong financial leadership and Caroline ensures the continued growth and prosperity of the business is based on strong foundations.

A self-confessed keep fit addict, with dance-based-heart-popping Zumba a current favourite, Caroline enjoys dispelling the myth that all accountants are boring... something the rest of the team feel she does rather well.

 

James Jacques

James Jacques

Customer Services Manager

Email: james.jacques@sabrerail.com

Our entire operations revolve around customers, with specific attention given to ensuring a bespoke service is received irrespective of requirement. James joined Sabre in 2012 and is the keystone of our customer experience team, always going that extra mile to ensure our customers keep coming back year after year.

James holds a law degree and has a wealth of experience in customer focused environments. He is a keen golfer with strong ties to his local course where he is a member of the committee and plays for the team.

 

Brian Capeling

Brian Capeling

Managing Director

Email: brian.capeling@sabrerail.com

Brian is a highly skilled graduate engineer with vast experience gained in the shipbuilding, Offshore Petrochemical, Compressed Generation and Treatment and Automotive industries.

He also holds a NEBOSH Certificate in Occupational Safety and Health, is an ISO 9001 Lead Auditor, has a Diploma in Compressed Air Management and a Certificate in Executive Business Administration.

Brian started his Sabre Rail journey in the role of Total Quality Manager in October 2003. Within two years he was promoted to Operations Manager where he used his knowledge and skills to introduce flexible, effective and efficient operations to support our Customer's needs.

Brian was promoted to the position of Managing Director in May 2017 and is determined to achieve ‘Best in Class’ status in the provision of engineered solutions to all of our customers.

Brian likes to spend his leisure time walking and cycling in the fresh air with his family or working out in the gym.

Adrian Handley

Adrian Handley

Sales & Marketing Director

Email: adrian.handley@sabrerail.com

Adrian has worked in the Railway Industry since starting his Engineering Apprenticeship with British Rail Engineering Limited (BREL) back in 1977.

In addition to his excellent engineering foundation, Adrian worked his way through various roles before entering Sales and Customer Services in 2002, obtaining a Post Graduate Diploma in Management Studies along the way.

He started his Sabre Rail journey as Sales Manager in July 2007 and was promoted to Head of Sales in 2010 where he used his skills and experience to further develop the business by supporting our customer’s needs.

Adrian was promoted to Sales and Marketing Director in May 2017 and is determined to continue to provide the best possible return on investment for all of our customers.

Adrian likes to spend his leisure time travelling and socialising with family and friends and watching his beloved Crewe Alexandra.

Tony Whalen

Tony Whalen

Technical Services Manager

Email: tony.whalen@sabrerail.com

Sabre are first and foremost an engineering business, as underlined by much of our management team being time served technical engineers. Tony personifies this approach and heads up our technical services division, with a key focus on ensuring all technical queries and engineering challenges are tackled head on. With over 20 years service at Sabre, Tony has a wealth of industry knowledge that ensures we are always one step ahead of the competition.

Alongside golf and DIY, Tony is a keen drummer... now many people know that!

 

Neil Hodgson

Neil Hodgson

Production Manager

Email: neil.hodgson@sabrerail.com

Neil joined the company way back in October 1988, as one of the company's first employees, starting his career training as a brake assembly technician.

We were a very small team back then where commitment and long working hours was the key to satisfying the demands of our few customers. Here he is 25 years later and currently employed in the position of Production Manager leading and supporting a team of workshop personnel to ensure the right quality and delivery promises are met to satisfy todays many Customers.

When not working he enjoys walking with a local club which occasionally includes some challenging walks such as mt. Snowdon, however now becoming a granddad and withanother one on the way, babysitting is becoming the latest leisure activity.