The National Rail Convention is a rebranded and reinvigorated version of RAIL’s popular annual National Rail Conference. Over the two days, the country’s most informed and influential speakers will give you relevant and practical knowledge on the subjects at the top of the rail industry’s agenda. If you haven’t pre-registered to attend any of the sessions, you can still decide on the day, just make your way to the NRC structure in Zone W.

See the lunchtime sessions from Young Rail Professionals and Women in Rail

See Thursday June 21 sessions

Wednesday June 20


The UK’s Industrial and Transport Strategy, curated by Nigel Harris, Managing Editor & Events Director, RAIL & RailReview

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.



Tomorrow’s Railway People curated by Neil Robertson, Chief Executive Officer, National Skills Academy for Rail

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.


Welcome and introduction – Nigel Harris, Managing Editor & Events Director, RAIL and RailReview

  1400 Welcome and introduction - Neil Robertson, Chief Executive, NSAR
Keynote Address - Chris Grayling, Secretary of State for Transport   1415

HS2: Building for the future - Mark Thurston, Chief Executive Officer, HS2

UK Industrial Strategy and the importance of rail – Niall Mackenzie, Director, Infrastructure & Materials, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy   1430

Safety and culture - How can safety support a more innovative culture in rail? – Mark Carne, Chief Executive, Network Rail

UK Transport Strategy and the opportunities for rail – Philip Hoare, Chief Executive, Atkins & Industry Lead for the Rail Sector Deal  


Apprenticeships – Creating relevant capabilities for tomorrow’s railway - Mike Brown, Commissioner, Transport for London

UK Export Strategy and the opportunities for rail – Campbell Keir, Deputy Director Energy and Infrastructure, Department for International Trade   1500  


Opportunities for the rail supply chain – Paul Plummer, Chief Executive, Rail Delivery Group   1520  



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