Tuesday 1st May 2018, 11:50 am, Seminar Theatre
Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP
Secretary of State for Transport
Chris Grayling was appointed as Secretary of State for Transport on 14 July 2016. He was elected Conservative MP for Epsom and Ewell in 2001. Chris was educated at The Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe and Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, where he studied history.
Chris served as Minister of State at the Department for Work and Pensions from May 2010 until September 2012. He was Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice from September 2012 until May 2015, and Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons from May 2015 until 14 July 2016. He also held a number of shadow front bench posts, including Shadow Home Secretary and Shadow Secretary of State for Transport. The Secretary of State has overall responsibility for the policies of the Department 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.
Wednesday 2nd May 2018, 10:30 am, Seminar Theatre
Director of Balfour Beatty’s Rail, Power Transmission & Distribution and Gas & Water Businesses
Having worked at board level in regulated infrastructure businesses since 1999, and with Balfour Beatty since 2012, Mark has seen the rail industry from both the client and contractor perspective. He therefore has an unmatched insight into the challenges and opportunities of the infrastructure sector in general and rail in particular, and will be able to comment on the changes that will impact the industry over the next few years. His thoughts and predictions on what the rail supply chain will have to face in the future will make for an interesting speech.
Mark’s past responsibilities have included asset management of 26% of the UK electricity distribution networks, Heathrow airport, major rail electrification schemes and a number of business transformations. He is a non-executive director of the Railway Industry Association and chair of the Rail Contractors Safety Forum.
Wednesday 2nd May 2018, 14:30 pm, Knowledge Hub
Director, Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE), University of Birmingham
Alex has recently joined BCRRE as the Director responsible for leading the Commercial and Professional Services team at Europe's largest rail research and education institution. He has previously held senior roles at Alstom, Atkins, the Transport Systems Catapult and Centro (the West Midlands Transport Authority). Alex has played a central role in driving the development of the UK Rail Research and Innovation Network, is supporting the development of the proposed Rail Sector Deal and was one of the authors of the Rail Supply Group Sector Strategy. He is currently also researching for a PhD in public policy and railway strategy development and implementation at BCRRE.
Thursday 3rd May, 10:30 am, Seminar Theatre
Director of Phase Two Policy & Sponsorship (HS2)
Lorna joined HS2 in April 2017 as the Director of Phase Two Policy & Sponsorship and is responsible for the sponsorship and policy advice across Phase 2a and Phase 2b. She leads the interfaces with DfT Sponsors and Senior Stakeholder relationships, to ensure the delivery and safeguarding of the HS2 business cases and the optimisation and protection of their benefits.
An Architect by profession, Lorna has over 20 years’ experience in both the public and private sector and has sat at all sides of the table in major infrastructure schemes. Lorna joins HS2 from a specialist transformation consultancy where she was Transport Sector Leader, most recently leading engagements with Manchester, Birmingham and Heathrow Airports. Previous to that role she was the Short-Haul Programmes Director for British Airways and also spent six years at Ernst & Young, where she led engagements on some of the largest and most complex programmes across the UK, including the London Olympics, Glasgow Commonwealth Games and Nuclear Decommissioning.
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.