UK RAIL SUMMIT

4TH MAY 2017

15 CANADA SQUARE
LONDON E14 5GL

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.

Nick Donovan

Nick Donovan
Northern Powerhouse Rail Director
Transport for the North

With 30 over years' experience in railway operations and maintenance, and having led the last TransPennine Express franchise for four years, Nick's heart has very much moved to the north of England from his Kent roots. Nick's time as an engineering management trainee in the days of British Rail set him in good stead to take on roles in operations and engineering management and in the delivery of new fleets of trains into operational service. He led the delivery of the tram maintenance facility for the first phase of Manchester Metrolink and subsequently worked in Taiwan and Australia in developing high speed rail propositions. More recently, the conclusion of the franchise competitions at the end of 2016 presented Nick an opportunity to lead the mobilisation for transforming Northern's engineering capability. Nick joined Transport for the North in January as Northern Powerhouse Rail Director, taking on the challenge to make the strategic business case for investment in an ambitious plan for a transformed rail network that will provide fast, frequent and reliable links between the North's six biggest city regions and its largest airport.

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

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.

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.

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 is 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 in 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.

Ed Thomas

Ed Thomas
Partner
KPMG LLP

Ed leads the transport team within KPMG's Corporate Finance Infrastructure practice – a role he has held 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. These include updating the Strategic Case for the scheme and establishing the financial impact of HS2 on the level of ongoing support to the UK rail industry required from central Government. Ed has recently advised TfGM on stations devolution and Transport for London on the Strategic Case for Crossrail 2. 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

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.

SPEAKERS


  • SPEAKERS

  • Professor David Begg

    Chief Executive
    Transport Times
  • Nick Donovan

    Northern Powerhouse Rail Director
    Transport for the North
  • Stephen Glaister

    Board Member - Chair
    ORR
  • Sir Peter Hendy CBE

    Chair
    Network Rail
  • Lee Jones

    Sector Director Rail
    Amey
  • Tim O'Toole CBE

    Chief Executive
    FirstGroup
  • Paul Plummer

    Chief Executive
    Rail Delivery Group
  • Bill Reeve

    Director of Rail
    Transport Scotland
  • Jim Steer

    Director
    Steer Davies Gleave
  • Ed Thomas

    Partner
    KPMG LLP
  • David Williams

    Partner
    KPMG LLP
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