The Operations Planning and Performance division of Tracsis employs over 60 permanent staff. Our team has extensive experience of managing and delivering projects and products in the fields of operations and planning. We have a range of specialist consultants with unique skills and talented software developers who can create innovative software solutions. We have no set way of working and we work with our clients in a friendly and collaborative manner. We favour a flexible, agile and open approach over prescriptive and “big bang” projects.

The Operations Planning and Performance division of Tracsis includes the staff, resources and experience of the companies previously known as: RWA Rail Ltd, Safety Information Systems Ltd (Compass), Datasys Ltd.

Operations Planning & Performance – Management Team

David Thornton joined Tracsis in 2015 and has held a number of senior Finance and Commercial roles across our software and consultancy businesses. David was appointed Managing Director of Tracsis Operations and Planning Systems in March 2021 having previously been Finance Director of that business. David has responsibility for the development and delivery of a wide portfolio of rail industry software products including TRACS Enterprise which is designed to deliver significant operational performance and costs benefits to train operators.

Alan is a seasoned executive with operations, general management, business development and Board level experience within the UK rail industry. He has implemented fundamental changes to services, business structures and operating practices and has led the delivery of multiple franchise promises in a highly visible, regulated environment.


Alex RobertsonAlex is responsible for business development of our software products including the Datasys suite. Alex works closely with our clients to understand their technical and commercial requirements and ensure our software is developing business advantage for Mass Transit Systems Operators. Alex joined Tracsis in 2007 having previously worked in the digital communications networks industry since graduation from Manchester Metropolitan University.

Alastair Morrison has over 25 years rail planning experience around the world in a wide variety of roles. Alastair retains responsibility for client relations in the consulting team and is a Managing Consultant, taking a leading role in projects; he has led the Tracsis input to a number of high profile projects for the Department for Transport and led planning workstreams on a number of franchise bids. He has brought his experience to develop novel solutions to planning questions on many projects. He holds a Master’s degree in Transport Planning and Management from the University of Westminster.

Alex heads up our consultancy business, which combines Flash Forward Consulting, Transport Passenger Analytics and Tracsis Rail Consultancy companies.

He has enjoyed over 28 years experience in the transport sector. During his career, he has held  several executive directorships at a number of transport companies in the rail, bus and coach sector, at South Eastern Trains, WAGN, Midland Mainline and First Group as Business Director UK Bus and Managing Director, Greyhound UK. Alex also held senior roles at London Underground, British Airways, Strategic Rail Authority and South Central Trains. Alex is also a non-executive director within Network Rail, as Chair of the Grand Rail Collaboration which is a pan-operator partnership of industry bodies in the West Midlands Region and also constitutes Network Rail’s West Midlands Supervisory Board. He also spent 8 years within the logistics sector at Royal Mail, initially heading up its Wales and Borders Region and then as Managing Director, Royal Mail Specialist Services. Alex founded Flash Forward Consulting which was acquired by Tracsis in 2021 and he continues to advise at a strategic and practical level transport companies, regulatory bodies and owning groups as part of the range of services that he and the team provide. He has also been a non-executive director at National Rail Enquiries and for a leading leisure services business.