Andrew Haines

Chief Executive and Board Member of Network Rail

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Andrew Haines

Chief Executive and Board Member of Network Rail

Andrew Haines was appointed as Chief Executive and Board member of Network Rail in August 2018. Following the publication of the Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail in May 2021, Andrew was also tasked with establishing interim arrangements for the creation of Great British Railways, alongside his role in Network Rail. 

Prior to joining Network Rail, Andrew was the chief executive officer of the Civil Aviation Authority from 2009-2018. He has also had a wide-ranging career within the rail industry, having started his career with British Rail and followed on to work for Railtrack, Network Rail’s predecessor. He served as managing director of South West Trains and managing director FirstGroup plc where he led the rail division which included intercity, commuter, rural, freight, open access and tram services in England, Scotland and Wales. In addition, he was a non-executive director at a rolling stock leasing company.

Andrew was awarded an OBE in the 2016 New Year Honour’s list for services to transport and is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, the Royal Aeronautical Society, the Institute of Railway Operators and the Permanent Way Institute.

Ansuya Oogur Ramhota

Principal Consultant, Arup

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Ansuya Oogur Ramhota

Principal Consultant, Arup

Ansuya is a Principal Consultant in Arup’s Advanced Digital Engineering (ADE) Group in London. She is a Chartered Engineer (CEng) with over ten years of experience in the Technology Consulting industry. Ansuya has proved her ability to lead projects, manage teams and design and deliver better and more efficient solutions for businesses and its clients. She has led the high quality design of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) systems and infrastructure on a wide range of complex multi-disciplinary projects across various sectors including Railways, Sports, Commercial, Healthcare and Government. In 2017, Ansuya was named among the Women in Rail - 20 Rising Stars of Rail Industry.

Conrad Bailey

Director General for Rail Strategy and Services Group, Department for Transport

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Conrad Bailey

Director General for Rail Strategy and Services Group, Department for Transport

Conrad Bailey is the Director General, Rail Strategy and Services at the Department for Transport (DfT) and SRO for the Rail Transformation Programme. During 2020 he led the Department’s response to COVID19. Prior to this he was the Director of Rail Strategy, Reform and Analysis and SRO for the Williams Rail Review. Before joining DfT in 2018 he was the Director Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) and Defence in the National Security Secretariat and the Prime Minister’s Defence Policy Adviser in the No 10 Policy Unit. Earlier in his career he was the Head of the FCO’s Conflict Department and worked in the Ministry of Defence in a range of operational, business facing and private office roles issues including as Director Industrial Policy. 

Conrad is also the co-champion of DfT’s Fair Treatment Ambassadors and Neurodiversity Network. 

Conrad has an Executive Masters in Public Policy and a B.Sc.(Econ.) in history from LSE.

Conrad is married to Jennifer, a BBC producer, and has one son.

Chris Leech MBE

Membership Development Lead for RSSB.

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Chris Leech MBE

Membership Development Lead for RSSB.

Chris Leech MBE is the Membership Development Lead for RSSB. He is responsible for growing the UK + International membership portfolios which has resulted in RSSB providing critical friendship across 5 continents.

Chris was the architect of the Industry’s first Community Engagement role to combat youth route crime. His programmes became the foundation of a national & European Government strategies for community engagement. With over 25 years in rail Chris became HRH The Prince of Wales Independent Corporate Advisor for responsible business leaders in Transport, a Fellow Royal Society for Arts and Chair of the UK Scouts Association Committee.

Bonnie Price

Project Management, Egis Transport Solutions Limited (Egis)

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Bonnie Price

Project Management, Egis Transport Solutions Limited (Egis)

Bonnie is currently working in project management for EGIS Transport Solutions (ETS). Since joining the railway in 2013, Bonnie has experience in the railway and utilities sector. Having worked for clients such as TFL, Crossrail, Network Rail and other Tier 1 construction delivery contractors she went on to volunteer with Young Rail Professionals, campaigning to address the skills shortage within the rail industry on a national scale. During her time volunteering for Young Rail Professionals implemented the diversity and inclusion group, a historic 50:50 gender balance on the board of directors; Bonnie won Women In Rail’s inspirational Woman of the Year 2021.

Darren O'Brien

Retail Systems and Contracts Manager, Southeastern

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Darren O'Brien

Retail Systems and Contracts Manager, Southeastern

I have enjoyed various managerial roles over a 20 year period with a strong focus on customer service and worked on dynamic projects such as the Thameslink Programme at London Bridge Station and MTR Crossrail (Abbey Wood).  I am currently responsible for the day to day management of retail systems contracts for our unattended systems. I am proud to have founded the Rail to Refuge scheme and received recognition for this by being awarded a Special Contribution Award from Southeastern in 2020 and an Outstanding Contribution Award from Women In Rail in 2021.

David Horne

Managing Director, London North Eastern Railway

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David Horne

Managing Director, London North Eastern Railway

David Horne has been Managing Director of LNER since its inception in June 2018.

He has held senior positions with several train operating companies including as Managing Director of East Midlands Trains from 2011 to 2015, and Virgin Trains East Coast from 2015 to 2018. 

David leads the Executive Team at LNER with ambitious plans to transform train services on the East Coast route. Following the introduction of the fleet of brand-new Azuma trains, the team are now moving forward with delivery of the new timetable and the East Coast Digital Programme to continue the transformation of the LNER service.

David is passionate about customer experience, improving the railway network and generating sustainable growth.

David grew up in Cornwall where he started his railway career before studying transport management at Aston University. He now lives in Nottinghamshire with his wife and their two children.

Emma Hales

On Board Customer Service Manager – Cardiff & Swindon, Great Western Railway

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Emma Hales

On Board Customer Service Manager – Cardiff & Swindon, Great Western Railway

For over 30 years I’ve worked in various Customer Service roles in a variety of different industries during which, I developed a passion for great Customer Service.

I joined the Railway industry in 2016 as a Customer host and quickly developed a sense of pride within the industry, striving to improve myself. I secured the role of Onboard Service Manager in 2018, initially managing the Cardiff depot but then also taking on Swindon depot. My role is to mentor frontline colleagues in the delivery of Great Experiences for our Customers.

I continue to work on my professional development and most recently gained a Certificate in higher education in Railway Operations Management through IRO.

David McLoughlin

CEO, railbusinessdaily.com

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David McLoughlin

CEO, railbusinessdaily.com

David McLoughlin is an experienced rail and construction executive, a Chartered Management Accountant and a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

He has over 30 years’ commercial experience working with some of the best-known construction companies in the UK holding high profile roles including Finance & Commercial Director for Network Rail’s Infrastructure Projects division, Chief Executive of The Spencer Group, Associate Director at KPMG and MD of the Utilities division of Amey.

He is currently the CEO of Business Daily Group which he started in 2017 and incorporates railbusinessdaily.com, RBD Publications, RBD Stride, RBD Advisory and FMBusinessDaily. He has several Non-Executive Director roles.

Gary Smithson

Rail Director, Morson

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Gary Smithson

Rail Director, Morson

Gary Smithson has been in the rail talent industry for over 20 years, spearheading the growth and profitability of the Morson rail division (which now accounts for 22% of total Group turnover) since 2004.  

As an agent for change, Gary has consistently championed diversity within the rail sector, supporting and establishing internal and wider-market inclusion initiatives. By promoting a highly diverse team of rail experts, Gary has created a model for success which acts as a blueprint for other rail industry leaders. In addition, he has supported a series of initiatives to ensure female contractors are encouraged to consider rail for their future careers. Working directly with Morson clients, Gary has enabled some of the country’s biggest rail companies to re-frame their value propositions, to engage not only women in the industry but those of varying ethnicities and abilities. 

With a 50+ year heritage and a market-leading status, the Morson Group’s purpose is to create universal opportunities and encourage diverse talent.

Jacqueline Starr

Chief Executive Officer, Rail Delivery Group

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Jacqueline Starr

Chief Executive Officer, Rail Delivery Group

Jacqueline Starr became the CEO of the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) in December 2020, an organisation that brings together Network Rail, as well as passenger and freight train operators, while also delivering key whole-industry services as national ticketing, train information and reservations. Jac is a customer champion, advocating future proof change in support of evolving customer needs. 

Before becoming CEO Jac held the positions of Chief Operating Officer and MD of Customer. Previous positions before joining the railway include an internal consultant as Director of Experience in Barclays Design Office, Head of Experience at O2 UK and Head of Customer Experience and Loyalty at Orange France. Jac also has a NED role on the Board at LiveWest (Housing Association). She lives at her home in North Somerset with her husband and 3 children.

Mat Baine

Managing Director, Egis Transport Solutions Limited (Egis)

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Mat Baine

Managing Director, Egis Transport Solutions Limited (Egis)

Mat is the Managing Director of Egis Transport Solutions Limited (Egis), formerly Collaborative project Management Services Limited (CPMS). 

Mat started his rail career in 1991 as Trainee Lineman at Romford Overhead Line Maintenance Depot. In the years that followed, he worked in various project management roles at Balfour Beatty, Amec, Colas and Network Rail, supporting the delivery of prestigious projects such as Southern Power Upgrade, Thameslink and London Bridge Station. 

Mat co-founded ETS (then CPMS) in 2012 and spent the next 9 years building the company in a very successful £8m turnover multi-disciplinary business, delivering high-profile projects in rail, aviation and the highways and building solid relationship with over 59 clients, including Network Rail, Eurostar, Ernst & Young, Alstom, Amey, TfW, Enfield Council and Capita.

In 2021, CPMS became part of the French engineering and construction Group, Egis, changing its name to ETS. 

Mat is a strong supporter of the EDI agenda and was presented with the Inspirational Man of the Year Award at the Women in Rail Awards 2021.

Karen Paton

Onboard Manager, Avanti West Coast

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Karen Paton

Onboard Manager, Avanti West Coast

I have been in the Rail Industry for 20 years and in my current role of Onboard Manager at Avanti West Coast for over two years.

When I look around the rail industry, I see the progress we’ve made in breaking down barriers women have previously faced.  I am proud to work alongside women in various roles that span different areas of the industry demonstrating we’re improving equality for all within the sector.

Women in Rail highlight what can be achieved across the industry when we work together as a team, improving on current standards and pushing boundaries where necessary. Women in Rail annual awards celebrates this by showcasing the contribution made by individuals and companies to create a more diverse sector.

I was honoured to have won The Women in Rail Award 2021 and continue to work alongside my colleagues on the West Coast, aiding the communities we serve and inspiring the next generation.

Neil Blagburn

Programme Delivery Director - Rail, AECOM

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Neil Blagburn

Programme Delivery Director - Rail, AECOM

Neil is an experienced and accomplished project management professional with 18 years’ experience in delivering high profile, complex, multi‐discipline projects within challenging railway and construction environments. Neil started out as an apprentice traction fitter on the Tyne and Wear Metro and undertook various roles in rolling stock maintenance before making a move into infrastructure maintenance. In 2003 Neil launched his career in project management with a move into infrastructure projects and within 10 years he had progressed to running a £400m railway investment programme. He then moved on to deliver a £700m train fleet and depot investment programme before taking up his current role as the Programme Director on the Northumberland Line Programme – a high profile railway construction programme to restore passenger rail services to South East Northumberland.

Kathryn Nichols

Chief Executive, The Nichols Group

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Kathryn Nichols

Chief Executive, The Nichols Group

Kathryn Nichols is Chief Executive of Nichols.  She is a Nichols board member and owns and runs the company in partnership with her sister, Frances, Chair and Creative Director of Nichols.  

Kathryn joined Nichols full time 27 years ago as the company’s finance Director, following a career in legal practice.       

Kathryn has strong vision and values with a strategic focus on making connections, relationships and solving complex challenges, using the business to make a difference to society and the world. 

She is a strong advocate for equality, diversity and virtual working styles.

Neil Robertson

Chief Executive, National Skills Academy for Rail

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Neil Robertson

Chief Executive, National Skills Academy for Rail

Neil joined the National Skills Academy for Rail (NSAR) in 2015, from the utility sector where he was CEO of the Energy & Utility Skills Group. Before that he was CEO of the British Institute of Innkeeping.

Prior to these sectoral CEO roles, he held senior positions in government departments for education and business where had responsibilities in skills, employability, English and migration, regional economic development and European Structural Funds.

Neil has also worked with Babcock, City & Guilds and the Scottish Qualifications Authority.

NSAR’s current priorities are workforce planning, standard setting, company support and quality assurance of training and assessments.

In his spare time, he likes riding motorbikes and planting trees

Lucy D'Orsi QPM

Chief Constable, British Transport Police

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Lucy D'Orsi QPM

Chief Constable, British Transport Police

Lucy was appointed as the Chief Constable of the British Transport Police in March 2021. British Transport Police is the only national police service in the UK and operate in England, Scotland and Wales. 

Prior to this, Lucy joined the Metropolitan Police Service in 1992 where she served for 29 years and held several frontline and leadership roles. Lucy worked in Counter Terrorism Police from 2016 to 2021 where she was the first Senior National Co-Ordinator leading on Protect and Prepare team which focused on protective security and preparedness. At that time, she was also the lead in the Metropolitan Police Service for Royalty & Specialist Protection, Parliamentary & Diplomatic Protection, Aviation Policing and Protective Security Operations. In both roles she worked closely with key strategic partners from National Security, Military, UK Government and UK businesses.

Lucy has always been passionate about amplifying protective security through collaboration with the private sector and the public, as shown in the wide-reaching ACT (Action Counters Terrorism) and ‘Run, Hide, Tell’ campaigns, which she led.

She is also the National Policing lead for countering the threat from Drones, and Less Lethal Weapons and Taser.

Richard McClean

Transition Director, Arriva UK Trains

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Richard McClean

Transition Director, Arriva UK Trains

Richard joined the railway industry as an Engineering Management Trainee in 1982, working in various parts of the network, mainly in the London area.  He spent 18 months acting as Personal Assistant to the Chairman of the British Railways Board at the time of Railtrack’s vesting.  Richard joined GNER in 1998, as Production Director, having previously been Production Director on LTS Rail.

Richard then performed the role of Development Director including leading on Franchise Bids and delivering GNER’s major Franchise investment commitment projects, including rolling stock/station remodelling schemes.

In December 2007, Richard became the Production Director of National Express East Coast, leading the transformation of operational performance for the business and the continued development of its timetable and fleet.

Immediately prior to joining DB Regio UK in February 2010, Richard was the National Express Project Director for the Intercity Express Programme with responsibility for ensuring that these DfT procured trains entered service successfully without impact on the East Coast Franchise.

Richard has undertaken the role of Chair of ATOC’s Engineering Council - a cross industry body looking at all aspects of railway rolling stock activity. He also served as Chair of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ Railway Division.

As of 1st April 2010, Richard became Managing Director of DB Regio Tyne and Wear who operated Metro trains and stations on behalf of Nexus under a Concession Agreement. In this role Richard was responsible for the launch of the new Concession and the ongoing deliver of all services to passengers on the Metro network.

In February 2012, Richard took up the role of Managing Director of Arriva’s Grand Central open access operator.

Richard was seconded to the role of Arriva’s Mobilisation Director preparing for the commencement of the new Northern Franchise but returned to Grand Central following the successful completion of that project.

Having led Grand Central through the period of the pandemic, Richard has recently taken on the role of Transition Director for Arriva, UK Trains. In this role he provides key input on matters relating the Rail Transformation programme, the Whole Industry Strategic Plan, rolling stock decarbonisation strategy development, the 2023 Periodic Review and national strategic timetable change activity.

Richard lives in North Yorkshire and is married with 2 children.

Mary Grant

Chief Executive Officer, Porterbrook

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Mary Grant

Chief Executive Officer, Porterbrook

Mary joined Porterbrook in 2017 and has over 24 years’ experience working in the UK and international transport sector. Previous roles include leading Eurostar’s new fleet introduction and business change programme, managing director new business development at National Express, divisional managing director, bus and rail at FirstGroup and managing director ScotRail. She has a proven track record of improving operational performance and delivering financial success as well as driving positive culture change within organisations.

Mary is a Board member of the Rail Industry Association (RIA) and also the National Skills Academy for Rail.

Rob Baxter

UK Managing Director, Stadler Rail Service UK

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Rob Baxter

UK Managing Director, Stadler Rail Service UK

Rob Baxter is the UK managing director for Stadler Rail Service UK, a position he assumed in April 2020. He looks after all maintenance activities at Stadler locations in Liverpool, East Anglia, Glasgow and Newcastle, and has overall responsibility for annual business targets. 

Rob has held several senior posts in the UK and overseas in a career spanning thirty-five years. He has worked at Angel Trains, Metronet, Network Rail and Jacobs Engineering, as well as in the energy market.

Suzanne Tarplee

Partner, Stephenson Harwood LLP

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Suzanne Tarplee

Partner, Stephenson Harwood LLP

Sue is a partner and co-head of the Stephenson Harwood’s Rail Team. Sue started her career at Connex South Eastern and now has over 20 years’ experience in the rail industry. She advises on all aspects of heavy and light rail and has worked on many of the UK’s most transformative and strategic rail infrastructure projects including working with TfL on Crossrail and with the National Infrastructure Commission on the rail needs assessment, and DfT and other rail industry bodies.

Her vast experience ranges from rolling stock (including manufacturing and maintenance arrangements), infrastructure development (including station and depot construction), and regulatory regimes and in advising bidders for franchises and concessions.

Rob Morris

Managing Director, Siemens Mobility – Rail Infrastructure

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Rob Morris

Managing Director, Siemens Mobility – Rail Infrastructure

Rob is the Managing Director of Siemens Mobility Rail infrastructure, responsible for all of its UK rail signalling, digital, automation and electrification activities across rail infrastructure for Network Rail, London Underground and Crossrail.

With a career spanning four decades in multi-disciplined major projects working for mining, power, general construction and technology-based businesses both internationally and in the U.K. He graduated as an Electro Mechanical Engineer, expanding his knowledge and experience through a multitude of technologies and disciplines throughout his career.

His involvement in major rail, nuclear, Olympics, aviation, power & energy, oil & gas sectors provides him with a uniquely broad experience of what it takes to lead a complex business and to deliver major infrastructure across a number of sectors. His achievements are many and include transformational change culturally, organisationally and at industry level.

Rob is particularly passionate about the Rail Sector, its reputation, health & safety, driving efficiencies and improving diversity in the workplace because of the many challenges it faces. He believes that collaboration, at all levels, is the key to industry success in addressing those challenges.

He is Industry Champion for Digital Transformation for the Rail Sector Deal and is a member of the Rail Supply Group Council.

As part of his passion towards making the industry a more diverse sector, with all the benefits that brings, Rob is an Executive Champion for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion for both Rail Infrastructure and the broader Mobility businesses.

Tamsin Leaman-Hewitt

Degree Apprentice, Atkins

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Tamsin Leaman-Hewitt

Degree Apprentice, Atkins

I commenced my career with Atkins in 2018, undertaking a Level 3 apprenticeship in Civil Engineering.  Since completion I have attained my first professionally accredited qualification, EngTech, with the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) and progressed my study to a Bachelor’s degree at Warwick University.  I have been involved in large-scale infrastructure projects within the Utilities, Highways and Rail sectors throughout my career including East West Rail Phase 02, A50 – A500 Corridor Development and the Seven Trent Water Pipe Assessment.  My job roles have varied from detailed design to project management in the pre-construction, construction and project hand-back phases of a project lifecycle. I am currently on secondment to East West Rail working as a Site Engineer on the Ancillary Civils and Landscaping delivery packages of work.

Steve Lowrey

Senior Commercial Manager, Angel Trains Ltd

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Steve Lowrey

Senior Commercial Manager, Angel Trains Ltd

Steve Lowery is Senior Commercial Manager at Angel Trains and is responsible for re-leasing Angel Trains existing portfolio as well as portfolio growth, leading with new train transactions.  Steve has worked in the rail industry for over 19-years, with roles at Network Rail and Eurostar. Steve has a Post Graduate Award in Business Leadership from The University of Warwick and a Bachelor of Engineering from Kingston University, in his free time he enjoys fitness training.

Tim Danvers

Business Development - Transportation UK & Europe, Atkins Global

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Tim Danvers

Business Development - Transportation UK & Europe, Atkins Global

Tim leads business development for rail at Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin group. A trained engineer, Tim has contributed to major projects including the Channel Tunnel, Class 92, Intercity Express Project (IEP) and, more recently, HS2. Tim has built influential relationships across the industry, academia, in government and with clients and uses his platform as a spokesperson to promote skills, apprenticeships and equality, diversity and inclusion.