Tuesday 1st May 2018, 11:50 am, Seminar Theatre
Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP
Secretary of State for Transport
Tuesday 1st May 2018, 13:50 pm, Knowledge Hub
Managing Director of Digital Railway, Network Rail
David is an internationally renowned engineer and project manager who has worked for some of the world’s most prestigious engineering and consulting firms on infrastructure programmes in the UK and internationally. A Chartered Engineer, he is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, a Fellow of the Institution of Railway Signal Engineers, a Fellow of the Association for Project Management, and also holds a Fellowship to the City and Guilds Institute.
David is currently Managing Director, Group Digital Railway at Network Rail, where he has accountability for leading the industry’s Digital Railway programme - a rail industry initiative to accelerate the deployment of digital signalling and train control to improve capacity, reliability and provide better connections for customers. David also oversees Network Rail’s Asset Information services and transformation programme (ORBIS), as well as its telecoms function, which provides critical enabling services to Network Rail and to the Digital Railway programme.
He has a passion for the training and education of engineers and project managers as well as the communication of the wider importance of infrastructure to human advancement. He has served on committees for the teaching of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects in our schools, speaks and writes regularly on these matters, and promotes opportunities for people of all backgrounds to realise their full potential. He was recently awarded a CBE for services to transport in London and was named as Leader of the Year in the Manufacturing and Infrastructure section of the Black British Business Awards on 2 October 2014.
In 2015 David accepted the role of President of the Association for Project Management (APM), the largest professional body of its kind in Europe, where he will champion the APM’s commitment to advance project and programme management across the country.
Thursday 3rd May, 10:30 am, Seminar Theatre
Managing Director - Phase 2 at High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd
Paul Griffiths joined High Speed Two (HS2) as Phase 2b Director in June 2015 and took on the role of Managing Director - Phase Two in September 2017. As such, he is responsible for the development of Phase Two of High Speed Two (HS2) which runs from Crewe to Manchester and the West Midlands to Leeds.
Paul has almost 30 years of experience in project and programme management, largely in the transportation and infrastructure sectors. He worked in public transport with Director roles at Centro (now part of the West Midlands combined authority) and at GMPTE (now Transport for Greater Manchester), focussing on the development and delivery of major transport infrastructure including Midland Metro and Manchester Metrolink as well as rail and bus rapid transit programmes. Prior to this, Paul’s career included roles in programme management consultancy and engineering.
Paul has a first class degree in Civil Engineering from Salford University, Manchester and an MBA from the University of Leeds. A Chartered Engineer, he is a member of the Association for Project Management and the Institute of Management.
Thursday 3rd May, 13:10 pm, Knowledge Hub
Chief Executive, Rail Delivery Group (RDG)
Paul took up his role as Chief Executive of the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) in November 2015. 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. He went on to join Network Rail in 2002, and 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 RDG.