Clyde Monorail Ltd
We are a private limited company set up by two engineers to design and promote a Monorail system that will connect the Glasgow Central Station rail terminus to Glasgow Airport. The founders of the company, who have between them many years of major engineering project management, are James and John Beckett.
James Beckett MSc ARCST FIET CEng DipMS
James graduated as an Electrical Engineer from Strathclyde University and after obtaining an MSc from Birmingham University joined the Smiths Industry Group as a development engineer in their industrial instrumentation division.
He then joined a firm of Consulting Engineers (Strain & Robertson) who were responsible for the design and overseeing the construction of Hydroelectric Schemes and large Oil and Coal fired power stations.
On leaving Strain & Robertson he was recruited to set up a Computer Department for James Kilpatrick & Sons (latterly Balfour Kilpatrick), one of the largest Electrical and Mechanical Installation Contractors in the UK. He was responsible for the design, development and implementation of their Management Control and Computer Aided Design systems. He remained with this company for 33 years and for 22 years he was the Technical Director of their Special Projects Division. He was also the Design Project Director for the electrical and instrumentation systems for the UK half of the Channel Tunnel. He ended his career as the Project Director for the design and installation of the electrical and mechanical services for The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
John Robertson Beckett BSc
John is a graduate of Strathclyde University where he obtained a BSc in Mechanical Engineering.
His early career was largely spent in the steel industry where he was involved in major projects at Gartcosh and Ravenscraig.
In later years he moved into computer engineering and, in the early eighties he set up his own company called DataCad Ltd which specialized in the design of engineering software for the oil and gas industry.
The key software produced by the company was a project management system which allowed many engineers to work simultaneously on very large engineering projects. It was used to design the high speed rail link to the Channel Tunnel.
He owned and ran this company for 15 Years until he was bought out by his senior management . The company has changed ownership several times and now trades as www.mclarensoftware.com.
Bob is a veteran of the mechanical electrical services industry, with 43 years of experience in design, engineering development and commercial management of major projects both in the UK and overseas.
Leading multi-disciplinary teams, he managed major mechanical and electrical projects including Sizewell and Torness Nuclear power stations and Peterhead thermal power station, all in the UK.
International projects included a mining facility for Mt Newman Mining Company in Western Australia, Rihand thermal power station in India, the electrification of the railway between Boston and New York and Hong Kong International airport which included the mass transit rail system from the airport to Hong Kong Island.
He progressed through the management levels and was appointed managing director of Balfour Kilpatrick in 1990, a position held until 1999. In this period the company grew revenues in excess of £500m
On retirement from Balfour Kilpatrick he was appointed Chairman of Boulting Group Ltd, a role he performed for 14 years.