South East Area Council

Encompassing all of the bustling and expansive region of the South East of England, the South East Area Council has members from the busy capital city of London to the picturesque coastal towns of the South Coast.

This year, the aim of the South East Area Council is to continue hosting several events aimed at engaging and furthering the professional development of our members to aid them in their careers in the rail industry. These events are a great opportunity to engage with fellow rail professionals and build lasting communications with other operators. In recent years, we have visited local projects, hosted talks with industry experts, run hands-on skills workshops over a weekend, as well as visiting European railways to gain a good understanding of how international railways operate and what we could implement in our own practices. All of these events have proved hugely popular with our members, and we aim to continue this trend into the next calendar year.

If you are interested in joining the South East Area Council, or have any queries about what we do, then please contact us at


“The South East area are here for you. We are here to make the CIRO come alive for you in your local area. Whether it’s attending an event, networking with industry colleagues, seeking a contact to help you with making a difference in your role or wanting to learn more about the CIRO, your council are here to help.

As an area we arrange a range of varied events including visits, talks, international trips, networking opportunities and the highlight of our annual calendar, the Golden Whistle awards.”


Events Planned for 2022

‘Finding the right CIRO apprenticeship or higher educational course for you’ Hosted by the CIRO South East Area Council

Wednesday 25th May

This event will be held in person at the Palestra building in London. More details can be found at the bottom of this page.


Council Members

Glen Merryman – Chair                  Joe Sturdy

Alex Hellier – Vice Chair                 Scott McCloud

Petr Mikyska                                     Martin Ward

Jon Bradley                                       Aiden Knight

Claire Volding


Upcoming Events

Finding the Right CIRO Apprenticeship or Higher Educational Course for You on 25 May 2022, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm