Our mission

We recognise that our continued success will be based on trust and respect at all levels, achievement for our clients, taking personal responsibility, demonstrating integrity and being transparent in everything we do.
We are working to develop FCP into the UK’s leading independent supplier of strategic consulting services in the international public transport market.

Working with FCP: Our Foundation Principles

We recognise that our continued success will be assured best through consistent adherence to positive principles which infuse everything we do. Accordingly, we encourage and expect our clients to judge our services by our 7 foundation principles:

1. We prioritise integrity & transparency

Our success in supporting clients comes from openness and honesty. Our default position is to share everything we know and see and to speak candidly. We see this approach as essential to long standing, collaborative business relationships that weather the ups and downs and give us and our clients a clear picture of what we are and what we aren’t.

2. We focus on customer ambitions and goals

Implicit in everything we do is a belief that prioritizing our customers’ ambitions and goals is the very best way to realise our own. We work tirelessly to put our clients first and, as a result, we enjoy truly long-standing relationships with public and private sector clients.

3. We maximise sustainability, diversity & inclusion

Whether advising a client or looking at how we run our own operations, sustainability, diversity and inclusion are critical to us. We’re human and we don’t always get these things right….but we always work to improve – by reducing our negative impacts on the planet and maximizing the extent to which FCP is genuinely welcoming to all.

4. We invest in partnerships & collaboration

We are committed to maintaining a collaborative approach and culture. We work continually to improve our partnerships and collaborations, including by auditing our business processes to identify and implement improvements and by soliciting and acting on feedback from those organisations and individuals with whom we collaborate.

5. We deploy highly experienced, independent advisors

We want to make a significant impact on the expertise and experience available to our clients as they tackle transport challenges. So we work tirelessly to identify, prepare and deploy teams of relevant experts who bring truly complementary experience gained in hands-on management of transport organisations and operations, rather than just consulting.

6. We seek out and invest in value-adding innovations

We want to be recognised as a reliable source of new and transformational ideas. So we invest heavily in looking at new technologies and methodologies – in transport and other markets – as well as making every effort to keep up with transport developments around the world.

7. We proactively manage risks

We see the management and mitigation of risks – both to our clients and to our service delivery – as a core part of our work. Every management meeting at FCP reviews risks and we proactively seek out effective mitigations for each risk we identify.

Our leadership team

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Ian Horseman Sewell
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Mary Bonar
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Michael Schabas
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John Self OBE
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Geoff Smith
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Jonathan Barwick
Chief Operating Officer (External)

Our history

In 1996, a group of board-level leaders from the recently-privatised UK rail industry came together to form FCP: First Class Partnerships.

Our aim was to bring the combined weight of our know-how, networks and experience to bear on public transport issues both in this country and overseas. Our focus was, and remains, on delivering great outcomes for funders, suppliers, operators, governments and passengers.

We believe passionately that public transportation is at the heart of a country’s infrastructure and that improved capacity and better connectivity between cities and nations boosts trade, and creates growth and prosperity. Our belief is backed up by research from the World Bank which has shown that infrastructure developments have contributed more to rising wealth worldwide than other structural growth policies.

Since 1996, FCP has worked on major transport projects across the world, advising regional and national governments, railway, bus and aviation operators, regulatory agencies, investors, equipment manufacturers and infrastructure contractors, in more than 30 countries.

We have become Trusted Advisors in Transport, supporting industry partners around the world with practical advice and effective and innovative solutions, often working on tough projects that have defeated others. We have saved governments and taxpayers hundreds of millions of pounds through our innovative solutions.

Our experience spans intercity and high-speed rail, light rail, metros, commuter/suburban rail, regional rail, freight, airports, bus and coach.

Our roots are in the UK transport industry… our work is global.