Project Updates & Industry Briefings

Tuesday 12th April

13:30 Project Update: Crossrail – Moving Towards Operations

Howard Smith, Operations Director, Crossrail

Howard studied economics at LSE before managing train operations and stations in South and West London.

In the 1990s he worked on Channel Tunnel services establishing joint ventures with Belgian and Swiss public and private sector partners. He became Managing Director of one of these joint ventures, operating rail freight services in France, Spain and Italy.

In 1998 Howard joined the Docklands Light Railway and lead the City Airport and Woolwich Arsenal Extensions, as well as planning the 3-car capacity upgrade.

Howard moved to London Rail as Chief Operating Officer at the end of 2004 where he has had responsibility for operations as well as successful delivery of a £3billion investment programme that created London Overground and upgraded the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) ready for London 2012 Games. Howard was heavily involved in the planning and delivery of the London 2012 Games and Paralympics when DLR and London Overground delivered record levels of performance whilst moving up to twice the regular number of passengers. Following the Games Howard joined Crossrail as Operations Director. Howard is responsible for leading the development of Crossrail’s operational and customer service strategy, defining the structure of the new railway’s operating and maintenance organisations as well as leading on the arrangements for the future Crossrail operating concession.

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14:05 Project Update: Thameslink - Transforming north south travel through London

Nick Gray, Thameslink, Principal Programme Sponsor

Over £1.3m is being invested every single day on Network Rail’s Thameslink Programme. London Bridge station, the fourth busiest station in the UK, is being completely rebuilt. The approaches, which carry 1,800 trains a day, are being extensively remodelled and pinchpoints are being removed. The railway control systems and signalling are being upgraded to support metro style services in the Core tunnels. Infrastructure is being adapted for the 115 new Siemens trains. This presentation will provide an update on progress on one of the biggest components of Network Rail’s Enhancements Delivery Plan.

Since graduating from the University of Nottingham, Nick has sponsored and delivered a wide range of infrastructure schemes in the rail industry whilst working for London Underground, Docklands Light Railway, and most recently, Network Rail.

In the 15 years that Nick worked for Network Rail he was the sponsor for the £200m Virgin Cross Country upgrade programme which saw 140 miles of route upgraded and new Voyager trains running over a third of the national network. This was followed by sponsor and delivery roles on the £600m Southern Power Supply Upgrade supporting introduction of 2,000 new rail vehicles. He led the development phase of a major upgrade of lines in north London as part of the TfL Overground initiative which was completed ahead of the Olympics.

Nick has been working on the Thameslink Programme for 5 years, sponsoring over 100 component projects across all railway disciplines as well as delivering £780m of programme-wide enabling and facilitation activities.

Wednesday 13th April

12:15 Project Update: HS2

Jonathan Ferry, Construction Procurement Director, HS2

Procuring as a "new" Client will explore the unique challenges and opportunities in procurement facing Special Purpose Vehicle Clients set up exclusively to deliver big delivery programmes. Such Clients inherently face a different set of issues from "businesses" such as Network Rail and London Underground that have established supply chains, cultures, people, processes and systems and Projects always in various stages of the development cycle.

Jonathan is a second generation Fellow of the RICS, and is currently Construction Procurement Director for HS2, responsible for the procurement of Civils, Stations and Rail Systems and associated Enabling Works contracts.

Jonathan has a wealth of Rail Transportation and Infrastructure Project experience, having held senior commercial and procurement positions in London Underground (Congestion Relief Schemes) and Crossrail, and as Programme Procurement Manager being responsible for the procurement of Thames Tideway.

12:50 Project Update: Fast Track To The Future

Roy Freeland, Rail Supply Group Council Member (SME Lead)

Roy Freeland is a Cambridge graduate engineer with wide international experience of running technology based companies including Meggitt Electronics and Spirent’s high technology businesses. He was CEO of United Industries Plc. He is President of Perpetuum Ltd, the world leading wireless train and track condition monitoring business which he established in 2004. He chairs the I.S.A.100.18 Power Sources standards committee and InnovateUK’s Energy Harvesting S.I.G. steering committee and is a member of the EU’s ICT-Energy Scientific Advisory Committee. He is a member of the Rail Supply Group Council and led the SME Workstream.

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13:25 Project Update: Southeastern and London Bridge

David Statham, MD Southeastern Railways

David will talk about how Southeastern is helping passengers on their journeys and working to create a better passenger experience while accommodating the major rebuilding work at London Bridge.

David Statham serves as Managing Director of Southeastern. Previously David has served as Managing Director of First Capital Connect Limited. He has an extensive record of leadership and delivery within the rail sector, having held a number of senior roles with a strong focus on customer service and major project delivery.

Thursday 14th April

12:50 Industry Briefing

David Hoggarth, Director, Rail North

David has recently been appointed to the new role of Rail North Director.

Based in Leeds, Rail North is the new organisation established to manage the devolution of rail franchises across the north of England. From April 2016, Rail North will be working in a partnership with the Department for Transport to manage and develop the new Northern and TransPennine franchises.

David was previously Director, Development for West Yorkshire Combined Authority and was West Yorkshire’s lead on rail strategy, services and projects. Recent projects included the regeneration of Wakefield Kirkgate, new rail stations at Kirkstall, Apperley Bridge and Low Moor and the new Southern Entrance for Leeds Station.

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14:05 Industry Briefing: Leading health and safety on Britain's railway

John Abbott, Director, External Engagement, RSSB

The UK rail industry has an enviable record on safety and world class systems and data. There has been enormous progress but progress to reduce health and safety risks has slowed. Delivering the next step change in reducing risks will require the industry to work together. RSSB has developed in collaboration with the rail industry, the specific risks areas and also underlying management capabilities the new Leading Health and safety on Britain’s railway, the purpose of which is to:

  • Provide a focus for leadership in key areas where collaboration will deliver health and safety performance benefit
  • To be a reference point for how health and safety is managed on the railway
  • To identify collaborative strategies where cross industry action will deliver improved management of health and safety risk

The strategy has set out a framework for the collaborative improvement of specific risks and management capabilities.

John was appointed to the new position of External Engagement Director in 2014. His role is to establish and maintain proactive relationships with RSSB’s members, focussing on understanding their needs and priorities. This includes ensuring that the outcomes of RSSB’s work are communicated effectively across the industry. John began his career with British Rail in 1981, as a management trainee. After privatisation, he became the procurement manager for Trainload Freight. Previously, John was Director of Assurance and Safety at Railtrack and Director of Health, Safety and Security at Network Rail. He joined RSSB in 2007. John is a member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply.


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