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Toufic Machnouk is Programme Director for the East Coast Digital Programme.
He is leading this cross-industry partnership that will transform performance on the East Coast Mainline, one of the UK's vital economic railway arteries, with digital signalling.
Having started his career in infrastructure management and operations, he went on to deliver major investment projects and industry programmes.
He worked on the Reading redevelopment delivering the first new multi-traction train maintenance facility for the Great Western Railway. His team was recognised for breakthroughs in safety performance, industry and supplier collaboration, and successfully delivering a cross-industry change, receiving national awards.
He was more recently on the Crossrail project where he oversaw upgrades to the existing networks train control systems, including the introduction of digital signalling into the Heathrow branch, and delivered major infrastructure upgrades in the Greater London area.
He is passionate about technology and skills development, lecturing at universities and colleges, and mentoring people from across the industry. He holds a degree in Engineering and Design, has completed the accelerated business leaders programme with Warwick University and is completing his executive MBA with Bath University.