Programme:

We are currently working on the programme for the National Rail Convention which has been rebranded from our popular annual National Rail Conference to reflect its extension to two days and that it will be held at Rail Live.

10:00
The UK’s Industrial and Transport strategy curated by Nigel Harris, Managing Editor & Events Director, RAIL and Rail Review

This session will give you the opportunity to hear Government communicate its Industrial and transport strategy to the rail industry and supply chain and understand the opportunities this provides to rail businesses explained.

Topics covered include:

  • UK Industrial Strategy
  • UK Transport Strategy (including potential Rail Sector deal)
  • UK Export Strategy
  • The opportunities this provides to rail businesses
10:10
Secretary of State for Transport – Chris Grayling, Secretary of State for Transport

Steve will give a brief introduction to the day's proceedings.

10:20
UK Industrial Strategy and the importance of rail – Richard Harrington, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Minister for Business and Industry, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

Keynote

10:35
UK Transport Strategy and the opportunities for rail – Philip Hoare, Chief Executive, Atkins & Industry Lead for the Rail Sector Deal
10:40
Practical steps that Rail businesses can take to engage in this opportunity - Speaker tbc
11:05
Opportunities for the rail supply chain – Paul Plummer, Chief Executive, Rail Delivery Group
11:20
Q&A
11:35
Close
11:50
UK Export Strategy and the opportunities for rail – Speaker from Department for International Trade
14:00
Tomorrow’s Railway People curated by Neil Robertson, Chief Executive, NSAR

As an industry, the importance of our people is often overlooked. Currently the skills gap is largely seen as a problem for the rail sector rather than an opportunity. This session will highlight that the skills gap represents an opportunity for business to develop competitive advantages by recognising and acting on the importance of its people.

14:10
Attracting the best people – Is diversity the key to unlocking potential? - (Speaker tbc)
14:20
Safety and Culture – How can safety support a more innovative culture in rail? - Mark Carne, Chief Executive, Network Rail
14:30
Apprenticeships – Creating relevant capabilities for tomorrow’s railway - Mike Brown, Commissioner, Transport for London (invited)
14:45
Productivity – How the right people policies drive productivity improvements - Mark Thurston, Chief Executive Officer, HS2 (invited)
15:00
Q&A
15:20
Close
10:00
The opportunity devolved Transport Authorities represent curated by Stephen Joseph, Chief Executive of Campaign for Better Transport

Directly elected mayors and devolved local transport authorities represent a fundamental change in transport policy and funding. What priorities are key to these devolved Transport Authorities, what strategies do they have in place and how should rail businesses engage with them?

Topics include:

  • Outline of the changes that have taken place and their impact on policy and funding
  • The objectives and strategies of the local transport authorities
  • The practical steps that Rail businesses can take to engage in this opportunity
10:10
What objectives and strategies do local authorities have? - Tobyn Hughes, Chairman, Urban Transport Group
10:25
A specific example/case study of a local authority - Laura Shoaf, Managing Director, Transport for West Midlands
10:55
Q&A
11:15
Close
14:00
Making Innovation pay curated by UKRRIN Steering Group

This session will outline the innovation needs of the rail sector, identify the programmes and finance in place to support innovation initiatives and explain how businesses can access this support.

14:10
Why R&I matters, the value it brings, how UK is going to be best-placed to deliver - Speaker tbc
14:25
The industry perspective - Speaker tbc
14:40
The Government perspective - Speaker tbc
14:55
Q&A
15:15
Close

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