Meet The Team

Excellence through diverse skills and experience

UK Rail Leasing’s leadership team draws on a wealth of business, finance, professional engineering and railway experience to deliver the best results for its customers. A clear purpose, team goals, solid corporate values and accountability throughout all aspects of the business are the best practices that define the UK Rail Leasing team’s approach. Thanks to our diverse skills set if we don’t have the answer, we know someone that does!

Mark Winter

Co-founder and Chairman

Mark spent many years in the banking sector undertaking various structured finance and treasury roles. He was also the founder of MDW Rail Freight, which undertook locomotive leasing and brokering. Mark left the city at the end of 2013 to concentrate on setting up UK Rail Leasing as MD until October 2018. As Chairman, Mark has a focus on the strategic development of UKRL.

Kristian Mengel

Co-founder and Managing Director

Kristian has a background in investment banking and spent 15 years working in the City of London, most recently as a Director in Fixed Income at Citigroup. Since leaving the city in 2014, Kristian has been involved in several start-up businesses and acquisitions and was the FD of UKRL until assuming the position of MD in October 2018. He holds a MSc in Economics from the University of Southern Denmark.

Nikolaj Mengel

Co-founder and Finance Director

Nikolaj, a co-founder of UKRL, joined the executive team as Finance Director in 2018 after having previously served as a non-executive board director. Nikolaj had a 20-year career in finance including 16 years with Credit Suisse in London and he holds a MSc in Economics from the University of Southern Denmark.

Gareth Broughton

General Manager

Gareth joined UKRL in 2014, first as Head of Production and since 2015 as General Manager, taking responsibility for the daily running of UKRL’s Leicester Depot and overseeing all technical documentation. He has a background in elevator/escalator engineering, having held various technical and management positions with KONE and OTIS. Gareth has been involved in rail vehicle engineering on private railways for a number of years.

Alan Lee

Professional Head of Engineering and Safety

Alan has over 25 years’ experience managing, developing and leading large multi-disciplined teams in the rail industry. In addition to his role at UKRL, Alan is currently the Head of Safety, Traction & Rolling Stock, at DC Rail and is a consultant for Network Rail. Previous key roles include Director of Operations at LNWR, Area Manager for Fleet Virgin Cross Country/West Coast and is business trouble-shooter for Bombardier Transportation.