Programme:

08:30
Registration and networking
09:15
Nigel Harris, Managing Editor and Events Director, RAIL magazine

Welcome from RAIL magazine Nigel will set the scene for the day and give his view on the conference theme.

09:20
Steve Norris, NRC Chairman

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

09:30
Sir David Higgins, Chairman HS2 Ltd

Keynote

09:50
Paul Plummer, Chief Executive, RDG
10:10
Q&A

Pose your questions to the speakers.

10:30
Networking break and visit the exhibition

Your chance to meet the exhibitors and discuss the day's proceedings with your industry peers.

11:00
Councillor Bob Sleigh, West Midlands Combined Authority and Leader of Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council
11:20
Laura Shoaf, Managing Director, Transport for West Midlands
12:00
Q&A

Pose your questions to the speakers.

12:20
Lunch, exhibition and networking
13:20
Beth West, Commercial Director, HS2 Ltd

HS2's supply chain and procurement

13:40
Speaker from Colas
14:00
Andrew McNaughton, Chief Operating Officer, Systra

Understanding the legacy from international high speed rail projects

14:20
Q&A

Pose your questions to the speakers

14:40
Creating a UK legacy through the railways, Jim Brewin, Head of Business Development, Hitachi Rail Europe

As we watch one of the greatest periods of growth for new rolling stock delivery in the UK, alongside HS2 and new deliverables for a digital railway, we need to ensure we leave a legacy. This means addressing skills gaps, supporting local communities and involving people at all levels of a programme to encourage collaboration.

15:00
Launching the National College for High Speed Rail, Clair Mowbray, Chief Executive, National College for High Speed Rail

With doors opening in September 2017, Clair will outline why the industry needs this new facility; how the curriculum will meet the skills need; and how business has and can support the college in its opening year and beyond.

 

15:20
Focusing on high speed rail research, Professor Peter Woodward, Chair in High Speed Engineering, Leeds University

The establishment of the Institute for High Speed Rail Engineering and the focus it will bring to HS2 research. The bigger picture of HS2 and its role in the North and to the UK.

 

15:40
The importance of public perception and support, Jackie Brock-Doyle, Former Director of Communications & Public Affairs, LOCOG

The PR lesson for HS2 from the London Olympics 2012

 

 

16:00
Q&A
16:20
Chairman's Close
16:30
Networking, refreshments and exhibition

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