UK RAIL SUMMIT

4TH MAY 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


Prof. David Begg (Chair)

Prof. David Begg (Chair)
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.

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.

Tim O'Toole CBE

Tim O'Toole CBE
Chief Executive
FirstGroup

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.

Paul Plummer

Paul Plummer
Chief Executive
Rail Delivery Group

Paul Plummer worked at economic consultants, National Economic Research Associates (NERA), from 1988 to 1997 before going on to work at Rothschild's Financial Advisory Division for two years. He began working in the railway sector in 1999 when he became Chief Economist and Director of Economics and Finance at the Office of Rail Regulation from 1999 to 2001.

He went on to join Network Rail in 2002, with responsibility for network planning, the development of enhancement projects, regulatory reviews, reform of contractual framework and government affairs. In 2008, he was appointed to the Network Rail Board as an Executive Director and Group Strategy Director at Network Rail Infrastructure Limited. In 2011, he became one of two Network Rail members of the Rail Delivery Group.

Paul was appointed as Chief Executive of the Rail Delivery Group in the summer of 2015 and formally took up his role in November 2015.

Paul has also served on a number of advisory bodies while working for Network Rail, including European Rail Infrastructure Managers – a group established to promote the interests and views of the independent infrastructure managers in Europe, on which he served as President from 2014-15 and before that as Vice-President from 2012-14.

From 2014 to 2015, Paul co-chaired the Platform for Rail Infrastructure Managers in Europe (PRIME), an expert group which advises the European Commission when it drafts transport legislation.

He was also a member of the Commission for Integrated Transport – an independent body advising the Government on integrated transport policy – for two years before it was abolished in 2010.

Gareth Powell

Gareth Powell
Director of Strategy & Contracted Services
TfL

Gareth Powell joined TfL in 2003 from infrastructure consultancy WS Atkins where he spent 2 years as a Senior Consultant before taking the role of Head of Business Performance at TfL. He then took up a number of Director roles including: Director of Business Planning & Performance (3 years), Director of Transformation (1 year) and four years as Director of Strategy & Service Development (S&SD) for London Underground & Chief Operating Officer for London Rail.

As Director of S&SD, Gareth had a wide-ranging brief which included the planning and specification of the organisation's £billion investment programme, defining the organisation's strategy, and planning services to ensure they meet the needs of the millions of customers who rely on TfL's Tube and rail networks every day. In 2013 Gareth's portfolio was extended to include operational responsibility for London Overground, the Docklands Light Railway, London Trams and the Emirates Air Line.

In April 2016 Gareth joined the TfL Executive Committee with responsibility for TfL's overall strategy. This role was expanded to include responsibility for TfL's bus network alongside its commuter and light rail networks.

SPEAKERS


  • KEYNOTE SPEAKER

  • The Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP

    Secretary of State for Transport

  • SPEAKERS

  • Prof. David Begg (Chair)

    Chief Executive
    Transport Times
  • Stephen Glaister

    Board Member - Chair
    ORR
  • Sir Peter Hendy CBE

    Chair
    Network Rail
  • Tim O'Toole CBE

    Chief Executive
    FirstGroup
  • Bill Reeve

    Director of Rail
    Transport Scotland
  • Paul Plummer

    Chief Executive
    Rail Delivery Group
  • Gareth Powell

    Director of Strategy & Contracted Services
    TfL
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