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Amtrak CEO Announced as Dinner at the Roundhouse key speaker

Charles W Moorman, President and CEO of Amtrak – one of the world’s biggest railway operators with a turnover of around £4 billion – is this year’s keynote speaker at Dinner the Roundhouse at Derby on Thursday October 19.

To book your table, call Dinner at the Roundhouse on 01733 367600.

Businessman and visionary Mr Moorman is flying over especially to the UK from the United States to reveal to the DATR audience how he manages a business that operates across 46 states. What are his plans for 185mph expresses, developing the busy Washington-New-York inter-city and commuter corridor where 2,200 trains run every single day… and moving towards profit?

Says Dinner at the Roundhouse organiser Howard Johnston: “Charles Moore is one of the biggest world figures in transport, and his attendance confirms the dinner as a major event in the 2017 business diary. It is also a big opportunity to rub shoulders with both government and key industry leaders about current and planned investments.”

Working from an office that is only a stone’s throw from the White House and President Donald Trump, Mr Moorman is perfectly placed to advise on where transport sits amongst major political upheaval and uncertainty – just the advice we need as we all enter the world of Brexit.

The annual Dinner the Roundhouse – now in its 7th year – is the UK’s flagship railway networking event, and its supporters include Bombardier, Hitachi, Faiveley/Wabtec, SNC-Lavalin, Resonate, Linbrooke Services, Eversholt, Porterbrook, Arriva Train Care,  Arcadis, Comech, and Tecforce.

The 2017 Dinner at the Roundhouse on Thursday 19 October is the climax of a day when hundreds of senior figures will be visiting the city for a series of ‘Engine Room’ special events.

Derby has been hailed by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling as the Engine Room of Britain’s railways – so there can no better name for the East Midlands Rail Forum’s annual conference which is also taking place.

Dinner at the Roundhouse, which attracts top keynote speakers to the historic surroundings of the 1839 Roundhouse that is now within Derby College, is normally a sell-pout event with up to 600 attendees, and provides the unique chance for convivial informal networking until 1.30am.

The audience includes many of the UK’s major transport decision makers, including ministers, MPs, worldwide manufacturers, passenger and freight train operators, rolling stock leasing companies, suppliers. Recent celebrity hosts have included Brian Blessed and Sir Ranulph Fiennes, so top quality entertainment is guaranteed.

It is the tradition that the Dinner’s keynote speakers are at the very highest level of the profession – recent attendees have included of 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.

During the Engine Room day, a special RFEM Showcase in the adjacent Carriage Shop Theatre 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.

To learn more about 2017 Dinner at the Roundhouse, and see pictures from 2016, go to, or call 01733 367600.

RFEM Member, Elastacloud to Host Microsoft Exec Vice President for Cloud Services Session

Elastacloud is proud to partner with Microsoft to host Scott Guthrie, Executive Vice President of Microsoft Cloud & Enterprise Group on 25th May 2017 at Twickenham Stadium.

Elastacloud, one of the most dominant players in the UK for Advanced Data Analytics Solutions, is delighted to announce Scott Guthrie, Executive Vice President of Microsoft Cloud & Enterprise Group will be flying into the UK on 25th May 2017 for a day of presentations and demonstrations showing the very latest Microsoft Azure developments

Scott will present an extended session on how you can do more on building for the intelligent cloud.  Scott will present a deep dive into Microsoft’s cloud services, advanced workloads and capabilities. This will be a fast-paced, demo-heavy session which will cover the length and breadth of Azure with an extended tips and tricks session.

Amongst other things Scott will demo VM scale sets, managed disks, Hybrid cloud, Azure Stack, enterprise mobility + security, Xamarin/mobile development, SQL, Data Lake, Cognitive Services, Machine Learning, AI, R, open source capabilities, Logic Apps, Power BI, Flow, developer tools and services, containers and more.

Click here for full agenda and ticket information.

About Scott Guthrie

As executive vice president of the Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise Group, Scott Guthrie is responsible for the company’s cloud infrastructure, server, database, CRM, ERP, management and development tools businesses. His engineering team builds Microsoft Azure, SQL Server, Microsoft Dynamics 365, Active Directory, System Centre, Visual Studio and .NET.

Prior to leading the Cloud and Enterprise Group, Guthrie helped lead Microsoft Azure, Microsoft’s public cloud platform. Since joining the company in 1997, he has made critical contributions to many of Microsoft’s key cloud, server and development technologies and was one of the original founders of the .NET project. Some of you may also know him as the guy in the red-shirt

About Elastacloud

Elastacloud is a leading Data Science and Cloud consultancy. We specialise in delivering innovative business outcomes that drive value into our customers through the application of data science to discover new insight and patterns from data.

Elastacloud’s skill is unparalleled in the fields of Cloud Architecture, Data Visualisation, SQL, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence, R and Python.

Elastacloud’s analytics teams is a highly experienced body of Data Architects, Mathematicians, and Data Scientists with relevant industry experience. The team holds the highest level of education from the world’s top universities. Our Data Scientists hold PhD’s and have deep experience in trend analysis of ‘big data’ in key industry sectors including, but not limited to, Rail & Transport, Manufacturing, Financial Services, Retail, local authority & Healthcare, Construction & Transport.


Elastacloud Ltd, 34B York Way, Kings Cross, London  N1 9AB

Midlands Office: Unit 1  iHub, Infinity Park Way, Infinity Park, Derby DE24 9FU

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Contact: Gary Hunter, Business Development Manager. Tel: 07918 638492.


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