UK RAIL SUMMIT

13TH SEPTEMBER 2017

15 CANADA SQUARE
LONDON E14 5GL

KEYNOTE SPEAKER


The Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP

The Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP
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. 

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.

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

  • transport strategy, including economic growth and climate change
  • spending review
  • transport security
  • high speed rail (HS2)

SPEAKERS


Professor David Begg

Professor David Begg
Chief Executive
Transport Times

Prof David Begg is Chief Executive of Portobello Partnership Ltd which specialises in strategic advice to clients in the transport sector; publishes Transport Times magazine; and runs a series of transport best practice awards in conjunction with the Department for Transport, Transport Scotland and Transport for London.

He is a non-executive board member of Heathrow Airport Holdings Ltd, a member of the Cubic Transportation Systems' Advisory Board and a non-executive chairman of EAMS Group.

From 1999 to 2005 he chaired the Government's Commission for Integrated Transport which was set up to advise the Government on transport policy and to monitor performance. He was a board member of Transport for London from 2000 to 2006 before joining Tube Lines as chairman (2006-2010). He was a non-executive director of the Strategic Rail Authority and before that British Rail. From 2005-2014 David was a Non-Executive Director of First Group Ltd.

Before moving to London he was Professor of Transport Policy at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen. He is a visiting professor in Transport at Plymouth University. In the 1990s he was the political lead on transport on Lothian Region and then the City of Edinburgh councils.

Mike Brown MVO

Mike Brown MVO
Commissioner
Transport for London

As Commissioner, Mike Brown MVO is responsible for making sure 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 manages 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 major programmes that have resulted in huge improvements to Tube, helping to make services more frequent and reliable than ever before. He also played a major role in the successful delivery of transport for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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.

David Brown

David Brown
Chief Executive
Transport for the North

David started in this key appointment in November 2015 and comes as Transport for the North (TfN) works towards the publication in March 2016 of its updated strategy for transforming the Northern economy through significantly enhanced connectivity between the city regions.

Previously, David Brown was Chief Executive and Director General of Merseytravel, Merseyside Passenger Transport Executive for two and a half years and in April 2014 the newly formed Liverpool City Region Combined Authority appointed David as Head of Paid Service where he led the transport elements of the Devolution Deal.

Whilst at Merseytravel David led the devolution of rail franchising into the next Northern and TPE franchises through Rail North; a body representing the Local Transport Authorities in the North of England. He has further developed the Merseyrail concession through infrastructure, services and commenced the procurement of the new Rolling Stock Fleet. Merseytravel has also developed "My Ticket", the best ticketing offer for under 18 year olds outside of London, in addition to the Walrus Card, the largest Smart Ticketing system outside of London.

Prior to Merseytravel, David held the position of Director General at South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE), since April 2008, and previously held a number of commercial, operational roles on the railway.

David Chaired pteg (Passenger Transport Executive Group), for two years until January 2015, and he led on all provisions relating to the delivery of bus services in Integrated Transport Authority areas and has developed pteg bus policy.

Stephen Glaister

Stephen Glaister
Board Member - Chair
ORR

Stephen has been appointed by the Transport Secretary as ORR's Chair from 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2017.

Stephen is Emeritus Professor of Transport and Infrastructure at the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Imperial College London where he has also been director of the Railway and Transport Strategy Centre which facilitates international public transport benchmarking. He was formerly Director of the RAC Foundation, a research body with a special interest in roads and the road user.

Stephen was educated as an economist, and is a fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers. He has been an advisor to many transport-related organisations and committees, including the former rail regulator. He has served as a member of a number of high-level transport boards including the board of Transport for London and advised government and the Transport Select Committee.

Stephen has written on a wide range of transport subjects including roads, railways and the London Underground, as well as regulation in the telecommunications, water and gas industries.

Stephen chairs the Highways Committee and is a member of the audit and risk committee.

Sir Peter Hendy CBE

Sir Peter Hendy CBE
Chair
Network Rail

Sir Peter Hendy is the Chairman of Network Rail, having joined in July 2015. Sir Peter was previously commissioner of Transport for London (TfL) in 2006, 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 and previously MD of CentreWest London Buses. He started his transport career in 1975 as a London Transport graduate trainee. Sir Peter was elected president of the International Public Transport Association (UITP) in May 2013. He is a fellow 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.

Lee Jones

Lee Jones
Sector Director Rail
Amey

Lee is the Sector Director for Amey's Rail business, he is accountable for the operation and management of driving and developing specialist end-to-end railway infrastructure services in Amey. This includes Rail Design, Signalling and Crossing Enhancements & Renewals, Overhead Line Electrification, Power Supply and Distribution, Signalling Systems, Multi-discipline enhancement projects and finally Metro & Light Rail along with our joint venture partnership with Keolis for the Dockland Light Railway and Manchester Metro franchises within Amey's operational rail business.

Prior to this role, Lee undertook the role of Operations Director for the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly Lines for Tube Lines, driving the teams recognised success throughout the summer of 2012

Sue Kershaw

Sue Kershaw
Programme Director of Major Projects Advisory and UK Head of Infrastructure Programme and Project Management
KPMG LLP

Sue is the Programme Director of Major Projects Advisory and the UK Head of Infrastructure Programme and Project Management at KPMG.

She was Director of Rail, Europe for CH2MHILL and is a Board member of the Association for Project Management. Previously Sue was Director of Programme Management for Grosvenor Britain and Ireland and prior to this, Sue was Deputy Director of Transport for the Olympic Delivery Authority, responsible for all rail and road transport for the games and the programme management of the wider portfolio.

Sue is a Civil Engineer, and an avid promoter of programme management as a discipline and is passionate about improving performance and visibility of the profession. Sue has a keen interest in regeneration and is a great supporter of improving London as a city for the future, and is a member of the London Enterprise Panel.

She is an advocate for the equality, diversity and inclusion agenda in her professional, and voluntary work, and actively supports initiatives to raise awareness of these issues.

Sue also fully supports the engagement of industry, the engineering professions and education sector in working together to plug the critical skills gap in engineering and programme management we have in the UK.

Tim O'Toole CBE

Tim O'Toole CBE
Chief Executive
FirstGroup

Tim has served as the CEO of FirstGroup since November, 2010. He previously was Managing Director of London Underground and prior to that President and CEO of Consolidated Rail Corporation, a US freight railroad.

Ed Thomas

Ed Thomas
UK Head of Transport
KPMG LLP

Ed is KPMG UK's Head of Transport – a role he has just taken on from James Stamp. He has also led the transport team within the Corporate Finance Infrastructure practice and has done so since 2010. Ed specializes in rail and has worked with all of the major private sector players in the UK market - primarily on bids for franchise contracts. He has also advised public sector clients in the UK and overseas on franchising transactions and issues of contract design. Beyond franchising, Ed has led a number of high profile mandates in relation to HS2 and Transport for London, which include:
- updating the Strategic Case for HS2;
- establishing the financial impact of HS2 on the level of ongoing support to the UK rail industry required from central Government;
- TfL's London Underground Modernisation Programme;
- strategic Case for Crossrail 2

Ed has recently advised TfGM on stations devolution and central government on major strategic issues such as how markets should be structured to best deliver policy outcomes. Ed also supported Sir John Armitt CBE, Chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority, on a review of long term infrastructure planning in the UK which led to the establishment of the National Infrastructure Commission.

Anthony Smith

Anthony Smith
Chief Executive
Transport Focus

Anthony Smith is Chief Executive of Transport Focus, the independent consumer watchdog for Britain's passengers.
Having qualified as a solicitor, Anthony worked for five years as principal consumer lawyer for the Consumers' Association, publishers of Which? This was followed by a year as the legal consultant for Consumers International, a worldwide federation of consumer groups.


Prior to joining Transport Focus, Anthony was deputy and acting director of ICSTIS, the regulator of premium rate telephone services.

Bill Reeve

Bill Reeve
Director of Rail
Transport Scotland

Bill Reeve joined Transport Scotland to establish its new rail team, following the devolution of rail powers to the Scottish Parliament in 2005. Bill has worked in a number of roles in Transport Scotland, and am now Director of Rail. Bill also leads their work introducing integrated smart ticketing across all public transport modes in Scotland.

Bill has more than thirty years of experience of the passenger and freight transport industry, working in British Rail, the privatised rail industry, and as Director of Project Sponsorship at the Strategic Rail Authority prior to joining Transport Scotland.

Bill's career has included front line production management; rail freight business development; policy and strategy development; management of franchise contracts; and major rail project sponsorship including new railways, rolling stock and service developments.

Bill is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and recently served as Chairman of its Railway Division.

Jim Steer

Jim Steer
Director
Steer Davies Gleave

Jim is one of the country's leading authorities on transport. He is a founder of Steer Davies Gleave and was Managing Director until March 2002, when he took a three-year secondment to the Strategic Rail Authority as a member of its Executive with responsibilities for all of its strategic planning activities. In 2005 he re-joined Steer Davies Gleave's Board. He is the Director of Greengauge 21, which has provided ten years of research and evidence on the case for high-speed rail in Britain, and a Director of HSR Industry Leaders. He is also a columnist for the Transport Times.

David Williams

David Williams
Partner
KPMG LLP

David is a member of KPMG’s transport leadership group and for the past fifteen years has specialised in the transport industry, predominantly in the rail and bus sectors. David has worked on a number of financial transactions in the transport sector as well as gaining experience on restructuring projects. His key area of expertise is in providing commercial advice and market insight, as well as leading engagements covering areas such as business planning, financial analysis and forecasting. David has advised public sector, central government and regional transport bodies on a number of high profile projects, including an independent strategic ‘Value for Money’ review of the London bus market for Transport for London.

Richard White

Richard White
Director of Strategic Advisory
EAMS Group

Richard is EAMS Group's Director of Strategic Advisory, providing advice to clients across sectors in shaping and delivering performance transformations using advanced technologies. Richard contributes thought leadership on how asset intensive industries can capitalise on the newly emerging discipline of Information Management enabled by technology to drive transformation across the lifecycle and regularly speaks at events. He has recently completed projects with HS2 and TfL in the UK and Downer Rail in Australia.

Prior to joining EAMS Group, Richard led a team developing the Information Strategy for National Grid's Transmission business, and prior to that was Head of Asset Information at Network Rail, delivering the enduring capability to manage Network Rail's information needs.

He has over 30 years' experience of developing, shaping and delivering IT strategy and transformation, and has spent the last 5 years focusing on working with clients in Asset Intensive industries including Network Rail, National Grid and key Water clients. At Network Rail, Richard was responsible for building and maintaining Network Rail's strategic Asset Information capability supporting enhanced asset management decision making across the lifecycle.

Richard is passionate about the need for asset intensive industries to embrace Digital; not simply providing digital services, but embedding Digital in the organisational DNA to manage the Digital Twin alongside the physical system to drive performance improvement, cost reduction and unlock new revenue and business models.

SPEAKERS


  • KEYNOTE SPEAKER

  • The Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP

    Secretary of State for Transport

  • SPEAKERS

  • Professor David Begg

    Chief Executive
    Transport Times
  • Mike Brown MVO

    Commissioner
    Transport for London
  • David Brown

    Chief Executive
    Transport for the North
  • Stephen Glaister

    Board Member - Chair
    ORR
  • Sir Peter Hendy CBE

    Chair
    Network Rail
  • Lee Jones

    Sector Director Rail
    Amey
  • Sue Kershaw

    Programme Director of Major Projects Advisory and UK Head of Infrastructure Programme and Project Management
    KPMG LLP
  • Tim O'Toole CBE

    Chief Executive
    FirstGroup
  • Ed Thomas

    UK Head of Transport
    KPMG LLP
  • Anthony Smith

    Chief Executive
    Transport Focus
  • Bill Reeve

    Director of Rail
    Transport Scotland
  • Jim Steer

    Director
    Steer Davies Gleave
  • David Williams

    Partner
    KPMG LLP
  • Richard White

    Director of Strategic Advisory
    EAMS Group
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