Rail Forum Annual Conference

Date(s) - October 20 2021
All Day

Pride Park Stadium

Please note that joining information has now been sent to all registered delegates. If you have not received your joining information or if you want to reserve a place at the conference please contact elaineclark@midlandsrail.co.uk asap.  

We are delighted to confirm that our prestigious Annual Conference will be held on 20th October at Pride Park Stadium, Derby. This ‘must attend’ event is free for all Rail Forum Midlands (RFM) members and we would strongly encourage you to ensure you are represented – be it in person or virtually. Early booking is recommended so we can ensure we are able to accommodate as many people as possible for the face to face event.

The focus for this year’s Conference will be the challenges and opportunities of implementing the Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail including how we deliver for our customers, the creation of Great British Railways, the affordability challenge and the role of, and opportunities for, the supply chain. The day will be structured around a series of key themes and will include a number of presentations and discussion panels.

Session One     The Challenge : A Customer Focussed, Green and Affordable Railway

08.40 Registration

09.20  Welcome:  Paul Robinson, Chair Rail Forum Midlands

09.25   Keynote Address (Video):  Lee Rowley MP, Minister for Industry, Dept. BEIS

09.30  Renewing Trust in Derby:  Piers Wood, Alstom Transport UK

09.45  Traction Decarbonisation:  Steven Hart, Network Rail

10.00   Global Step Change Towards Net Zero:  Lorna McDonald, Hitachi

10.15   Cross Country and Suppliers Working Together to Deliver for Customers:  Richard Morris,    CrossCountry

10.30    Panel Discussion

11.00    Refreshments

11.30    Smarter, Safer, Faster: A New Way of Delivering Rail Investment Projects Through SPEED: Stuart Calvert, Network Rail

11.45   Driving Culture Change Through the Supply Chain:  Ian Purdham, AmcoGiffen

12.00    Failing to Succeed: How failing better can drive improved passenger and cost outcomes:    Haydon Bartlett-Tasker, Hack Partners

12.15   Panel Discussion

13.00   Lunch

Session Two: The Opportunity: Great British Railways

14.00  Rail Forum Update

14.10  Video Message:  Andrew Haines, Network Rail

14.15   New Beginnings:  Julian Edwards, West Midlands Trains

14.30   Revenue Recovery:  How do we attract passengers back onboard?    Alistair Gordon, Keolis

14.45    GBRTT:  Its Role in a Post White Paper World    Rufus Boyd, GRBTT

15.00  Keynote Address:  Chris Heaton Harris, Rail Minister, DfT

15.10  Panel Discussion

15.30  Close



The prestigious Dinner@theRoundhouse will take place on the evening of the Conference. This rail industry favourite event, organised by Mainspring, and timed to coincide with our Conference provides colleagues with a fantastic evening of rail networking to complement the day’s activity. Please note that Rail Forum members are entitled to a discount on places/tables at the Dinner. For further information please contact Dinner@theRoundhouse






Bookings are closed for this event.

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