The ETCR (European Training Centre for Railways) is an independent association of companies from within the European railway sector. The aim of the ETCR is to provide upcoming and existing managers the opportunity to study and learn about European legislation with regards to transport as well as the latest developments which affect the railway sector within the Member States of the European Union.

The first ETCR seminar was organised in 1963.




President of ETCR
Colin Charman followed the course in 1992. He works with Eurostar International as the Operations Manager at Temple Mills maintenance depot. He has worked in the UK rail industry for over 35 years and is experienced in rail operations (rules and safety) as well as station and people management. He became a member of the ETCR Commission in 2002, before becoming Secretary and then President in 2015. He is also a Lead Tutor with the Institution of Railway Operators.


Member of ETCR Commission
Sjaak Heijstek is since 2011 member of the ETCR Commission. He graduated from the course in Brugge in 2004. He works with ProRail (Dutch Infrastructure Manager). Mr.Heijstek worked during his Railway career since 1985 in the field of logistics. He is now Manager Capacity Allocation Traffic and responsible for the capacity allocation process in the Netherlands.


Member of ETCR Commission
Cristina Hammersmark has been a member of the ETCR Commission since 1995, after graduating from the course in Bruges in 1993. She works as Head of International Affairs at Bane NOR, the Norwegian Infrastructure Manager. She has worked with international affairs in the railway sector since 1991, in both NSB (the then integrated company), Jernbaneverket and now Bane NOR. Ms. Hammersmark is originally a philologist who majored in English, French and Spanish and has additional studies within pedagogy and EU-law.


Member of ETCR Commission
Jiri Havlicek is a long-time member of the ETCR Commission. He graduated from the course in Brugge in 1995. He works with Ceske drahy a.s. (Czech Railways) - Czech national operator in both passenger and freight traffic. Mr.Havlicek is originally a civil engineer, during his career at CD he worked at first in construction and investments division, from 1996 up to now he has acted as head of international relations.


President of the Former Trainees Committee
Mikael Prenler followed the course in 1992 and became a member of the ETCR Commission in 2015. He is chairman of ETCR Alumni, the group which is responsible for organising ETCR Former Trainees Day every year, and represents ETCR Alumni in the Commission. Mikael Prenler has experiences from different parts of the railway sector since 1980, and works today as a senior consultant in public procurement with special focus on public transport, especially rail traffic.

Member of ETCR Commission
Axel Kiese is the latest addition to the ETCR Commission, which he joined in 2016 after attending the course in 2011. He studied and worked in different places, such as Germany, France, England, and West Africa. Being a trained transport engineer and MBA holder, he now works for Swiss Railways SBB CFF FFS representing the owner of passenger trains. As part of this, he is closely involved in international rolling stock entering and leaving Switzerland. He is also a lecturer at Zurich University of Applied Sciences ZHAW.


Member of ETCR Commission
Anders Svensson attended the course in 2004. He has been working since 2010 at Trafikverket, the Swedish Transport Administration; he is a Chief Strategist at the central function Strategic Development. Trafikverket is responsible for the Swedish state-owned road and railways. Anders has worked in the Swedish rail industry since 1991, in fact, prior to Trafikverket, he worked until 2010 at Banverket, the Swedish Rail Administration. He has been a member of the ETCR Commission for over ten years.


Member of ETCR Commission

Mr László JAKAB
Member of ETCR Commission
László Jakab is since 2011 member of the ETCR Commission. He graduated from the course in Brugge in 2006. He works with GYSEV CARGO (RU in Hungary). Mr. Jakab worked during his Railway career since 1998 at the marshalling yard in Sopron before attending the Vienna University for Business Administration. After his studies he started working as sales manager participating in several international freight related projects.



Member of ETCR Commission
Jan MÖLMANN has been a member of the ETCR Commission since 2011 after graduating from the course in Bruges in 2001. He has more than 21 years of experience in the field of public transport working for public transport authorities and with transport operators. He has been active in the field of EU public affairs for 10 years as Head of Transport Policy at Arriva. In this role he also took over the role as the former Secretary General of EPTO -European Passenger Operators- between 2007 and 2016, the organisation representing the large European private passenger operator groups and as senior advisor with UITP -Union Internationale de Transport Public-, the worldwide public transport association. Currently Jan is senior advisor to Deutsche Bahn senior management.



Ms Maaike COUCKE
ETCR Secretary
Maaike Coucke joined the ETCR Commission in 2015 and is the ETCR Secretary. She currently works as Senior Legal Counsel for the Belgian incumbent railway company SNCB. She is the team leader liberalization and competition law and ensures the drafting and negotiating of new international contracts. As corporate secretary she writes the minutes and publishes the reports and decisions of the Board and General Assembly of BeNe. She’s the contact person for internships & placements and a frequently asked member of the jury board for internal and external recruitment exams. Maaike is known as a natural team player with good communication skills and a keen eye for accuracy.