Virtual Conference

Rail Industry Forum

Wednesday 03 March 2021

Speakers

Alex Burrows
Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education/Rail Alliance
Director
Alex Burrows
Director
Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education/Rail Alliance
Alex is Director of the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE), part of the School of Engineering at the University of Birmingham...
Sharon Hedges
Transport Focus
Franchise Programme Manager
Sharon Hedges
Franchise Programme Manager
Transport Focus
Sharon has worked for Transport Focus since 2006 and now leads the work on rail franchising.
Alexia Course
Transport for Wales
Rail Operations Director
Alexia Course
Rail Operations Director
Transport for Wales
Alexia has spent her career working in rail. She held a number of senior business and commercial roles at Network Rail, including Route Commercial Director for Wales & Borders.
Tim Wood
Transport for the North
Northern Powerhouse Rail Director
Tim Wood
Northern Powerhouse Rail Director
Transport for the North
Tim Wood has over 22 years’ experience in railway design and delivery and prior to this, 11 years spent in the construction industry.
Neil Ethell
DB Cargo UK
Head of Operations and Service Delivery
Neil Ethell
Head of Operations and Service Delivery
DB Cargo UK
Neil has 20 years’ experience in Rail Freight and has always worked for DB Cargo UK...
Hilary Tysoe
Arriva UK Trains
HR Director
Hilary Tysoe
HR Director
Arriva UK Trains
Hilary leads the People Agenda within the Arriva Rail Owning Group having joined the Rail Industry in April 2018.
Neil Robertson
The National Skills Academy for Rail
Chief Executive
Neil Robertson
Chief Executive
The National Skills Academy for Rail
Neil joined the National Skills Academy for Rail (NSAR) in 2015, from the utility sector where he was CEO of the Energy & Utility Skills Group.
Andrew Kluth
RSSB
Lead Carbon Specialist
Andrew Kluth
Lead Carbon Specialist
RSSB
Andrew joined RSSB in May 2018 to support the Rail Industry Decarbonisation Taskforce.
Lucy Prior MBE
3Squared
Business Engagement Director
Lucy Prior MBE
Business Engagement Director
3Squared
Biography to follow shortly.
David Statham
Southeastern
Managing Director
David Statham
Managing Director
Southeastern
Having joined British Rail as a management trainee in 1992, David has nearly 30 years’ experience in the Railway Industry.
Dr. Rossa Donovan
Network Rail
Principal Specialist - Environment & Sustainability
Dr. Rossa Donovan
Principal Specialist - Environment & Sustainability
Network Rail
Dr Rossa Donovan is a Principal Environment & Sustainability Specialist at Network Rail.
Lara Young
Costain
Group Carbon Manager
Lara Young
Group Carbon Manager
Costain
Lara Young, Group Carbon Manager for Costain Group and Highway UK 2020...
Robert Cook
Office of Rail and Road
Head of Strategic and Policy Projects
Robert Cook
Head of Strategic and Policy Projects
Office of Rail and Road
Robert has been at the Office of Rail and Road since 2015, with responsibility for policy and strategic projects that can change ORR’s approach to regulation.
Steve White
Govia Thameslink Railway
Chief Operating Officer
Steve White
Chief Operating Officer
Govia Thameslink Railway
Steve White is a Chartered Engineer who has held executive appointments at London Underground, Silverlink Trains, Eurostar and Siemens PLC...
Lawrence Shackman
Transport Scotland
Head of Rail Projects and Technical Services
Lawrence Shackman
Head of Rail Projects and Technical Services
Transport Scotland
With more than 35 years’ engineering experience, Lawrence was appointed as Transport Scotland’s Head of Rail Projects and Technical Services in 2017..
Jenny Illingsworth
Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education; Rail Alliance
Deputy Director
Jenny Illingsworth
Deputy Director
Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education; Rail Alliance
Jenny manages the day-to-day running of the Centre, which includes looking after its 150+ academics, professional services staff, research students and associates.
John Thomas
Rail Delivery Group
Director of Policy
John Thomas
Director of Policy
Rail Delivery Group
John is a rail policy and regulation specialist with over 20 years’ experience in the transport sector.
Rebecca Young
HS2
Skills and Employment Strategy Manager
Rebecca Young
Skills and Employment Strategy Manager
HS2
Rebecca joined HS2 as their Skills and Employment Strategy Manager, just over 4 years ago.
David Clarke
Railway Industry Association
Technical Director
David Clarke
Technical Director
Railway Industry Association
David joined RIA in 2016 as the Technical Director. His role focuses on representing member's interests in the important areas of...
Anna-Jane Hunter
Winder Phillips Associates
Partner
Anna-Jane Hunter
Partner
Winder Phillips Associates
Anna-jane is a Rail Operations Professional with an expertise in complex stakeholder relations.
Max Sugarman
Railway Industry Association
Public Affairs Director
Max Sugarman
Public Affairs Director
Railway Industry Association
Max Sugarman leads the Railway Industry Association’s lobbying and media engagement activities...
Huw Merriman MP
Chair of the Transport Select Committee
Huw Merriman MP
Chair of the Transport Select Committee
Huw grew up in Buckinghamshire where he attended local state schools and college.
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