Padley, a charity committed to supporting the most deprived and vulnerable in our society, has been named as the charity to be supported by Dinner at the Roundhouse, Derby on Thursday, October 18th 2018.

Founded in 1985 and a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service winner, Padley provides vital support to take people forward from whatever their difficult past has dealt them, be it homelessness, debt and destitution, drugs, alcohol, mental health issues, physical and learning disabilities, severe autism and long term unemployment. It does not receive any Government grants, and needs almost £1million a year to do its job properly. Porterbrook Lasing and Rail Forum Midlands, two of the major Dinner attendees, and already amongst Padley’s friends.

It’s now time to call 01733 367600 to ensure your place. There are now only a few tables available for the 2018 Dinner at the Roundhouse, which is expected to attract almost 600 senior railwaymen, MPs, manufacturers and suppliers to the city once again.

This year’s big-hitting keynote speakers are Andy Milner, CEO of Amey, the construction giant that is a partner in the running of several UK passenger franchises, and Phil Hufton, Managing Director of Network Rail.

This year’s celebrity host will be Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, the inspirational and outspoken 15-times Paralympic medal winner and champion, who has fought the cause of the disabled at the centre of Government, and is on the board of Transport for London.

Now in its eighth successful year, Dinner at the Roundhouse is the UK’s flagship railway networking event. Its supporters include Porterbrook Leasing, Resonate, Tecforce, Unipart Rail, Vinci Construction, CoMech, Hitachi Rail Europe, Wabtec, Knorr-Bremse, Arriva Traincare, Bombardier, SNC-Lavalin, LPA Group, and Ford & Stanley.

Dinner at the Roundhouse is the climax of a full day when senior figures from the UK and overseas will be visiting the city for the Rail Forum Midlands annual conference, which has its own top speakers.

It will highlight the work the body and its 150 business members employing 25,000 people are doing to support the development of the next generation of skilled workforce, growing exports and accelerating and supporting innovation.

Dinner at the Roundhouse is held in the historic surroundings of the 1839 Roundhouse that is now within Derby College. It is normally a sell-out event, and the audience includes many of the UK’s major transport decision makers, including Government ministers, MPs, worldwide manufacturers, passenger and freight train operators, rolling stock leasing companies, suppliers. Recent celebrity hosts have included Brian Blessed, Sir Ranulph Fiennes and John Motson, so top quality entertainment is guaranteed. It provides the unique chance for convivial informal networking until 1.30am.

It is the tradition that Dinner at the Roundhouse’s keynote speakers are at the very highest level of the profession – recent attendees have included Wick Moorman, CEO of Amtrak, Bombardier Transportation international CEOs Laurent Troger and Lutz Bertling, Brian Souter, Founder and Chairman of Stagecoach, Andrew Wolstenholme, CEO of London Crossrail (twice), Richard Parry-Jones, Chairman of Network Rail, Tim O’Toole, CEO of First Group, and Richard Brown, former Chief Executive Officer of Eurostar.

To learn more about 2018 Dinner at the Roundhouse, and see pictures from 2017, go to, or call 01733 367600.

Issued by Howard Johnston, Dinner at the Roundhouse, 01485 534081/07885 500883

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