Speaker

Apurva Sinha

Head of Innovation and Information Management , Network Rail

Apurva is the Head of Innovation and Information Management at Network Rail. He owns and direct the development and delivery of Network Rail’s innovation and information strategy to meet company and rail industry strategic goals. He was the Chief of Transformation for Supply Chain in Rolls-Royce plc and has also worked as Management Consultant with PA Consulting. He has led transformation programs across Transport, Manufacturing, Aerospace and Utilities sector.

Apurva is a Master Black Belt in Lean and Design for Six Sigma. He is an expert in Predictive Analysis, Systems Engineering and Robust Design and has delivered lectures at top UK universities. He has a PhD in Predictive Models and Computational Methods. He is also a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of Royal Aeronautical Society.



Speaker

Chris Grayling

Secretary of State for Transport

Chris Grayling was appointed as Secretary of State for Transport on 14 July 2016. He was elected Conservative MP for Epsom and Ewell in 2001.

EducationChris was educated at The Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe and Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, where he studied history.

Political career
Chris served as Minister of State at the Department for Work and Pensions from May 2010 until September 2012. He was Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice from September 2012 until May 2015, and Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons from May 2015 until 14 July 2016.

He also held a number of shadow front bench posts, including Shadow Home Secretary and Shadow Secretary of State for Transport.

Secretary of State for Transport
The Secretary of State has overall responsibility for the policies of the Department for Transport.



Speaker

Jane Simpson

Head of Capital Delivery , Severn Trent Water



Speaker

Malcolm Holmes

Executive Director/Director of Rai , West Midlands Rail/Transport for West Midlands

Malcolm Holmes is Executive Director, West Midlands Rail (WMR), and Director of Rail, Transport for West Midlands (TfWM), leading the development and delivery of local rail policy for the region. WMR has worked collaboratively with the Department for Transport to specify and procure the new West Midlands franchise which started operation in December 2017. WMR is a limited company owned by the local transport authorities of the West Midlands including TfWM, with the ultimate aim of creating a fully devolved rail franchise to support the economy of the region.

A career railwayman of over 25 years, Malcolm’s background is in rail customer service, train crew management and operations. Previously holding senior posts with Chiltern Railways and LOROL, Malcolm has been working on West Midlands rail devolution since 2012.

Malcolm lives in the West Midlands and enjoys travel, reading, fitness and playing the piano (badly).



Speaker

Malcolm Holmes

Executive Director/Director of Rail , West Midlands Rail/Transport for West Midlands

Malcolm Holmes is Executive Director, West Midlands Rail (WMR), and Director of Rail, Transport for West Midlands (TfWM), leading the development and delivery of local rail policy for the region. WMR has worked collaboratively with the Department for Transport to specify and procure the new West Midlands franchise which started operation in December 2017. WMR is a limited company owned by the local transport authorities of the West Midlands including TfWM, with the ultimate aim of creating a fully devolved rail franchise to support the economy of the region.

A career railwayman of over 25 years, Malcolm’s background is in rail customer service, train crew management and operations. Previously holding senior posts with Chiltern Railways and LOROL, Malcolm has been working on West Midlands rail devolution since 2012.

Malcolm lives in the West Midlands and enjoys travel, reading, fitness and playing the piano (badly).



Speaker

Shamit Gaiger

Director of Strategy , National Skills Academy for Rail (NSAR)

Shamit Gaiger has a wide ranging roles across the sector. She is the Director of Strategy at National Skills Academy for Rail (NSAR), Programme Director; Sector Policy at RSSB, seconded to DFT to lead on the Rail Sector deal as a Deputy Director; Industrial Strategy and a Non-Executive Director and DFT Passenger Services Board.

Shamit influenced and developed industry and government policy at the UK and European level including Franchising, Rail Industrial Strategy, Industry’s sustainability principles and CP planning. She led the development of the Rail Sector Skills Delivery Plan and headed the industry’s strategic programmes of Technology, Innovation, Skills Health and Wellbeing and Sustainable Development. Focusing on long term planning in response to the opportunities and challenges presented by the emerging legislation and, macro and micro economics.  

She is now leading government’s negotiations on the rail Sector deal.

Shamit can be contacted at [email protected]

 



Speaker

Mark Carne

Chief Executive , Network Rail

Mark Carne is chief executive of Network Rail. He was appointed in 2014 and has been instrumental in driving change in the organisation turning it into a devolved group of cost-competitive and customer-focused businesses. Network Rail is now delivering almost a quarter of all infrastructure investment in the UK.  This is the biggest investment programme in generations – £130m every single week – and it does this in a few hours at night so that the railway can keep serving 4.5m passengers, safely, every day. Mark has been a driving force behind the Digital Railway revolution which will see more trains running faster, more reliably and at lower cost on our existing infrastructure. Mark previously worked for Royal Dutch Shell plc, BG Group plc and Shell and is a fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.



Speaker

Mike Brown MVO

Commissioner , Transport for London

As Commissioner, Mike Brown is responsible for making sure Transport for London(TfL) provides world - class transport services that keep London working, growing and make life in the Capital better. He oversees TfL’s investment programme, which includes some of the largest and most complex engineering projects in Europe.

TfL is responsible for virtually all of the city’s transport, including London Underground, the bus network, Docklands Light Railway, TfL Rail, London Overground, London Trams and the Emirates Air Line cable car. It is also responsible for the Capital’s busiest main roads, the Congestion Charging scheme, road safety and schemes to boost cycling and walking.

Mike joined London Underground in 1989 and worked in various operational manager roles before becoming the company's Chief Operating Officer in 2003. In 2008, he left to head up Heathrow, then the world's busiest international airport.  He rejoined London Underground in 2010 as Managing Director leading works which have resulte d in huge improvements to the Tube, making services more frequent and reliable than ever before. He also took the lead role in the successful delivery of transport for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

He was appointed as TfL Commissioner in September 2015.  He lives in Wimbledon and uses the Underground every day to get to work. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and was appointed to the Royal Victorian Order by HM The Queen in 2002.  He was awarded an honorary doctorate in law by Queen’s University in 2016.



Speaker

Mark Thurston

Chief Executive Officer , HS2

Mark joined HS2 as Chief Executive Officer in March 2017.

Previously, Mark was Managing Director for Europe at CH2M and was with the company from June 2008.  Mark had P&L responsibility for a business with some 3500 employees that spanned the UK and continental Europe, operating in the Transportation, Water, Environment and Nuclear and Industrial Technologies sectors.  With more than 25 years’ experience in project and programme management, Mark has worked in both the public and private sectors on some of the UK’s largest infrastructure projects.

During his time at CH2M Mark spent a significant amount of time in leadership roles on major programmes, including three years as Strategic Projects Director on Crossrail, leading the Programme Partner joint venture Transcend.

Prior to this Mark was Programme Delivery Manager on the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games, where he led the Power Lines Under Grounding project and the £500m Structures, Bridges and Highways programme on behalf of the CLM delivery partner consortium.

Mark started his career as a technician apprentice on the London Underground and trained as an electrical/electronics engineer.  He has a Master’s Degree in Engineering Project Management from Loughborough University.

Mark is a Visiting Professor at the Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management at University College London and is an honorary Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Association for Project Management.



Speaker

Sir Peter Hendy CBE

Chairman , Network Rail

Sir Peter was previously Commissioner of Transport for London (TfL) from 2006 to 2015, having served since 2001 as TfL’s managing director of Surface Transport. He led, and played a key role in preparing for, the successful operation of London’s transport for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.  He was formerly deputy director UK Bus for FirstGroup plc and previously managing director of CentreWest London Buses. Sir Peter was president of the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) from 2013 to 2015.

He started his career in 1975 as a London Transport graduate trainee.  Sir Peter’s experience in successfully leading urban transport in a world city is critical to understanding Network Rail and managing its complex relationships with stakeholders.

Sir Peter is a vice president of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Highways and Transport and a fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers.  He was knighted in the 2013 New Year’s Honours List, having been made CBE in 2006 for services to public transport and the community in London.

Current external appointments

Chair of London Freight Enforcement Partnership; Trustee of London’s Transport Museum; Vice President of the London Bus Museum

Committee membership
Safety, health and environment committee; nomination committee; remuneration committee.



Speaker

Tobyn Hughes

Chairman , Urban Transport Group

Tobyn Hughes has been the Managing Director of Nexus for three years.

In this role he leads Nexus, the public body responsible for providing high quality integrated public transport services through the Tyne and Wear Metro system, Shields Ferry, bus, ticketing and information services. 

Tobyn is passionate about improving travel for people who live and work in North East England and has extensive knowledge of the commercial, operational and regulatory environments involved in rail, Metro and local bus services.

He recently led a successful bid for funding to acquire new Metro rolling stock and is now working on plans to expand the system.  He was also behind the introduction of ‘Pop’, a smartcard that can be used for 'pay as you go' travel on the Metro and local bus services which now has a low-cost version for young people.

Tobyn plays leading roles in Transport for the North, Rail North, and the Urban Transport Group, where he is the group’s current Chair.

A Newcastle University graduate, Tobyn has over 20 years’ experience working in aviation, bus and rail transport. 



Speaker

Niall Mackenzie

Director, Infrastructure & Materials , Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Niall Mackenzie is a career civil servant who has worked in many government departments and agencies covering a wide range of policy areas including sport, tourism, broadcasting, gambling, health, the environment and business.  He joined the then Department for Business Innovation in Skills in August 2014 and is currently Director for Infrastructure & Materials in BEIS. Niall is responsible for government action to support growth in the foundation materials’ sectors, including steel, construction and rail as well as chemicals and agricultural technology.  Immediately prior to BEIS his focus had been in the Department of Energy on carbon trading and market incentives for improving industrial and business energy efficiency.



Speaker

Graham Hopkins

Group Director of Safety, Technical & Engineering , Network Rail

Graham currently works for Network Rail as Group Safety, Technical & Engineering Director.  His role encompasses health and safety, asset management, engineering, technology and sustainable development.

Until his appointment to Network Rail in June 2015, Graham’s career had been with Rolls-Royce plc for 36 years. Key posts include Chief Engineer of the BR700 engine family, in a joint venture between Rolls-Royce and BMW based in Berlin; Engineering Director for Defence Engines, based at Bristol; and ultimately as Executive Vice President of Engineering & Technology Aerospace Component Engineering.

Graham is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering; the Royal Aeronautical Society; the Institute of Mechanical Engineers; the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining; and the Royal Society of Arts.

As chair of TLG he is accountable to RDG and RSG for the delivery of the Rail Technical Strategy that is necessary to meet the future vision of GB rail.



Speaker

Campbell Keir

Deputy Director, Energy and Infrastructure , Department for International Trade

Campbell Keir has more than 30 years of professional experience in the oil and gas industry. After graduating with a Master’s degree, he joined Shell International as a Petroleum Engineer. Over a period of 10 years, he worked in operations and technical positions in the Netherlands, Malaysia and Abu Dhabi. He then joined Shell’s research and development function where he worked on nuclear logging research and its application around the world for three years. There then followed a series of senior technical and managerial roles throughout the Middle East and Far East. Mr Keir’s last role was seven years as Country Chair for Shell in Kazakhstan. Early in 2015 he was seconded for two years into Department for International Trade (DIT) as Director for Energy. Following his secondment Mr Keir joined DIT and is Deputy Director of Energy and Infrastructure responsible for the Oil and Gas, Renewable Energy, Civil Nuclear and Infrastructure portfolio. Mr Keir has a BSc (Hons) in Physics and a Master’s degree in Petroleum Engineering.

 



Moderator

Paul Plummer

CEO , Rail Delivery Group

CEO at Rail Delivery Group (RDG) which brings together all passenger and freight operators with Network Rail and the supply chain. Prior to that he was Group Strategy Director at Network Rail for thirteen years with Board level accountability for corporate strategy and funding as well as strategy for the development of the network and other "system operator" responsibilities.

Previously he worked for or advised companies, regulators and governments on business strategy, restructuring, privatisation, corporate finance and regulation in the transport and utilities sectors. He has also held non-executive positions in UK and European transport sector bodies.

 

 



Curator

Neil Robertson

Chief Executive , NSAR

Neil joined the National Skills Academy for Rail in July 2015. He spent the previous three years as CEO of the Energy & Utility Skills Group, where he led and secured a 55m collaboration bid in energy and utility aimed at diversifying the workforce and filling vacancies. Prior to this he had a senior career in government departments including DfES and DIUS (now BIS) where he had responsibility for basic skills, employability, qualifications, adult learning, ESOL and migration. Neil has also worked in the Government Office North East and with City & Guilds and at the Scottish Qualifications Authority.



Speaker

Jo Binstead

Head of Innovation, Rolling Stock , Siemens UK

Jo is Head of Innovation at Siemens UK’s Rolling Stock business, with over 20 years’ experience in the fields of Product Management, Innovation and Business Development.


Jo has led the Innovation Team within the Rolling Stock business since September 2015. She is responsible for identifying ways to accelerate the uptake of new technologies and incorporating into existing and future fleets.
With a strong focus on new product development, Jo is committed to the digitalisation of the rail industry, creating a future-ready, digital railway which can unlock capacity on the UK’s rail network.


Jo is also Chair of the UK Rail Research and Innovation Network (UKRRIN) Steering Group. As part of UKRRIN – a partnership between Siemens, eight universities and 15 other rail companies – Jo is ensuring the continued support and building of UK rail sector capacity and capability to develop, deliver and deploy new technologies


Jo is dedicated to improving engagement and cross-collaboration between universities and rail businesses to accelerate innovation and support the delivery of major transport investments in the UK.


Jo joined Siemens in 2011, having previously worked across a number of markets such as China, India and the US, and for companies including TE Connectivity, Raychem, and Ford Motor Company.


Jo has two sons, aged 18 and 19, and lives at home with her husband in Bournemouth.

 



Curator

Stephen Joseph

Chief Executive , Campaign for Better Transport



Curator

Nigel Harris

Managing & Events Director , RAIL and Rail Review

Nigel is Managing Editor & Events Director of RAIL, Britain's market-leading magazine covering Britain's railway, with fortnightly copy sales of 20,000, and a readership of around 100,000

RAIL magazine’s reputation is second-to-none, because of its lively blend of up-to-the-minute news, pithy, informed opinion and informative features. The magazine is well-received by the modern railways community and national/local politicians. Its pages are frequently the source of news stories in mainstream media, who often rely on RAIL editorial staff for expert comment. The magazine is seen increasingly as a key opinion former.

A native of Burnley, Lancashire, Nigel's early years were steeped in railways, his hometown being one of the last to relinquish steam traction in 1968, when he was 11 years old. He was a regular at the lineside and has always taken an interest in - and worked in and around - railways.

Educated at Burnley Grammar School, he graduated with honours in history from the University of Wales, Lampeter, 1978. Nigel fell into journalism by accident, training as a newspaper reporter/features writer with The Westmorland Gazette, Kendal, in 1979. He moved into railway journalism as Assistant Editor of Steam World magazine in 1981.

Nigel has worked in railway publishing ever since. He co-launched and ran Silver Link, his own book publishing company from 1984 until 1990, when he returned to magazines, with Emap (now Bauer Media), where he's been ever since. He's edited six national railway magazines, including Steam Railway, Steam World and Trains Illustrated and he's the author of around ten specialist books on railways and shipping.

Editor of RAIL since 1995, Nigel has reported - and commented on - the privatisation of British Rail and its first decade and half operated by the private sector. He is a regular source of analysis and opinion in the wider media of radio, television and national newspapers, including Sky News, News at Ten and BBC News 24, in addition to dozens of local BBC and independent radio and TV stations. Nigel has written opinion and analysis for The Times and has provided specialist rail industry comment for, amongst others, Radio 4’s You and Yours and its legendary ‘Today’ programme.

Under Nigel’s management, RAIL moved into business events in 200 when the National Rail Awards was launched, which were followed by the National Rail Conference and the RAIL 100 Breakfast Club of top managers. In 2018, RAIL worked with the Rail Alliance to launch RAIL LIVE - the annual rail industry equivalent of an international air show, at the Quinton Rail Technology Centre, in Warwickshire.

Railways play a part in Nigel's spare time too. Since the age of 15, he's been an active standard gauge volunteer steam locomotive fireman/driver. He is a locomotive driver on the Great Central Railway, in Leicestershire. Nigel is also a director of a company which owns its own main line steam locomotive, now restored from scrapyard condition.



Speaker

Michael Charteris

Scheme Project Manager , Network Rail

Michael joined Network Rail in 2013 on the Project Management graduate scheme. He currently works as a Scheme Project Manager in the team delivering the new Brent Cross Station. Previous to this he has worked on the Bromsgrove re-modelling and station scheme and Birmingham Gateway Project and has worked with the IP track S&C Business improvement team and IP Southern team.

Michael has been a member of the Young Rail Professionals since 2013 and was chairman of the West Midlands region for 2 years, National YRP Secretary for a year, National Treasurer last year and is the 2018 National Chairman.

 



Speaker

Dyan Crowther

Chief Executive Officer , HS1 Ltd

Prior  to  joining HS1, Dyan was  the Chief  Operating  Officer at  Govia  Thameslink Railway.

Dyan  has  worked  in  a  number  of  Senior  Director  roles  at  Network  Rail  including Director of Operations and being accountable
for the West Coast Main Line. She has over 30 years’ experience in the rail industry.

Dyan, 53, has a Masters in Transport and Logistics from Salford University and is a member  of  the  Chartered  Inst
itute  for  Marketing  and Fellow  of  the  Institute  of Leadership and Management.

Dyan has extensive experience in the Boardroom having sat on the Board of an NHS Trust  for  5  years,  she  is
also a  Trustee  for  the  Railway  Children  registered  charity and a member of the British Transport Police Authority where she has accountability
for Strategy

Originally from Wiltshire, Dyan ismarried and has three children and enjoys running, extreme walking and travel.

 



Speaker

Councillor Roger Lawrence

Leader of the City of Wolverhampton Council and the Wolverhampton Labour Group

Roger is the Leader of the City of Wolverhampton Council and the Wolverhampton Labour Group. Roger was first elected in 1983. As Leader Roger is also the Chair of the Cabinet, the decision making body at the Council.

 

Prior to being elected to St Peter’s ward Roger worked for Sandwell MBC and as a researcher for a number of Universities. He was educated at Millbrook School, New York and St Catharine’s College, Cambridge.

 

He has an MA in Community Studies from Keele, and an Msc in Policy Studies from Bristol. He has a D Soc Sci from the University of Bristol for a study of Cross Border Collaboration in Central and Eastern Europe.

 

Roger cites local democracy, urban regeneration, regional development, organisational and structural change and social inclusion as his main political interests. He has published on European Structural Funds, the Voluntary Sector, and Citizenship.

 

Roger is the transport lead for the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA).

 

Roger is supported by the Co-operative Party and supports co-operative principles.



Speaker

Simon Iwnicki

Professor of Railway Engineering , University of Huddersfield

Simon Iwnicki is Professor of Railway Engineering at the University of Huddersfield in the UK where he is Director of the Institute of Railway Research (IRR). The IRR has an international reputation for research and support to industry in the core area of railway vehicle dynamics modelling, wheel-rail interface engineering and vehicle-track interaction. The IRR hosts the UKRRIN Centre of Excellence in Rolling Stock and is home to the ‘HAROLD’ full size roller rig for bogie testing.

 

Professor Iwnicki’s main research activities are in the field of wheel-rail contact and computer modelling of railway vehicle suspensions, a small and highly specialised area which has a major influence on the design of railway vehicles and track. He has been working in this area for over

25 years and has built up a substantial reputation for this work, providing not only valuable practical solutions to specific problems in the industry, but making significant contributions to the understanding of some of the fundamental mechanisms of the wheel-rail interaction on which the safe and economical operation of railways depends.

 

From 2010 to 2014 Professor Iwnicki was the academic co-chair of RRUKA (the Rail Research UK Association) and from 2014 to 2015 he was Chair of the Railway Division of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. He is Editor in Chief of Part F of the Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (the Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit) and Editor (responsible for railway matters) of the journal Vehicle System Dynamics. He has over 100 publications including the ‘Handbook of Railway Vehicle Dynamics’ which includes contributions from many of the leading experts is the established text in this field.

 



Speaker

Philip Hoare

Chief Executive, Atkins & Industry Lead for the Rail Sector Deal

Philip Hoare is Chief Executive Officer of SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business in the UK and Europe and is responsible for leading a 10,000-person strong team across multiple sectors including transportation, water, property, aerospace, defence and security.  

Since joining the Atkins business in 1997, Philip has held several senior positions and previously led the transportation division as well as operations across Europe.   

Philip is committed to collaborating with clients and partners to face the future, taking full advantage of digital transformation to improve the efficiency and productivity of infrastructure delivery through best-in-class capabilities in engineering, design and project management.

Passionate about the skills agenda and celebrating diversity and inclusion, Philip is a strong advocate of STEM and early career development.   He sits on the board of the National College for High Speed and is also the senior leadership sponsor of Atkins’ LGBT network.

As a proud chartered civil engineer by profession, Philip is a member of both the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation.   He is a member of the Rail Supply Group Council and is currently working on behalf of industry and closely with UK Government to develop a Sector Deal for rail as part of the Industrial Strategy.  In addition, Philip is a Director of the Railway Industry Association, a Non-Executive Director of the Rail Safety and Standards Board and a recently appointed member of the Defence Growth Partnership Steering Committee.



Speaker

Luisa Moisio

R&D Programme Director , RSSB

Luisa Moisio joined RSSB in 2005 and since 2017, as R&D Programme Director, she is responsible for the cross-industry R&D programme run by RSSB and funded by the Department for Transport. This provides answers and develops solutions for the rail industry, spanning a broad range of engineering, operations, and management topics and using a variety of delivery mechanisms, including research partnerships and co-funding schemes. Since 2014 Luisa has been a member of the organising committee of the World Congress of Rail Research.

Luisa has a background in business analysis and consulting. She has an MSc in Decision Sciences from the London School of Economics, and a degree in International Sciences and Economics.



Speaker

Adeline Ginn

Founder/General Counsel , Women in Rail/Angel Trains

Adeline Ginn is a law graduate from the University of Bordeaux (France), Warwick University (England) and McGill University (Montréal, Canada). She qualified as a barrister in 1994, practising criminal and family law until 1996 when she moved to a litigation role in private practice and converted to a Solicitor in 1998. Adeline joined Angel Trains in 1999 and quickly became involved in its European business, acting as sole counsel and successfully closing many high-profile transactions. In 2007, Adeline moved to work for Angel Trains' UK business and was appointed General Counsel in June 2009. 

Adeline created Women in Rail in April 2012 as a support network for women in the rail sector and with an aim to attracting female apprentices and graduates into a more diversified workforce, something Adeline is passionate about. 

Women in Rail is now a registered charity with a membership of over 5,000 people, men and women from the UK railway sector. As well as hosting a range of workshops and networking events, the charity runs a comprehensive mentoring programme and works alongside major stakeholders in the industry to redress the diversity imbalance. Women in Rail is Diversity Champion of the Rail Sector Skills Delivery Plan.



Speaker

Kendra Ayling

Global Head of Brand and Marketing , Hitachi



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