UK RAIL SUMMIT

13TH MARCH 2019

15 CANADA SQUARE
LONDON E14 5GL

SPEAKERS


Anthony Smith ( Session Chair )

Anthony Smith ( Session Chair )
Chief Executive
Transport Focus

Anthony Smith is the Chief Executive of Passenger Focus. Having qualified as a solicitor, Anthony worked for five years as principal consumer lawyer for the Consumers' Association, publishers of Which? This was followed by a year as the legal consultant for Consumers International, a worldwide federation of consumer groups. Prior to joining Passenger Focus, Anthony was deputy and acting director of ICSTIS, the regulator of premium rate telephone services.

Ed Thomas ( Session Chair )

Ed Thomas ( Session Chair )
Partner, UK Head of Transport
KPMG

Ed leads the transport team within KPMG's Corporate Finance Infrastructure practice – a role he has held since 2010. Ed specializes in rail and has worked with all of the major private sector players in the UK market - primarily on bids for franchise contracts. He has also advised public sector clients in the UK and overseas on franchising transactions and issues of contract design. Beyond franchising Ed has led a number of high profile mandates in relation to HS2. These include updating the Strategic Case for the scheme and establishing the financial impact of HS2 on the level of ongoing support to the UK rail industry required from central Government. Ed has recently advised TfGM on stations devolution and Transport for London on the Strategic Case for Crossrail 2. Ed also supported Sir John Armitt CBE, Chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority, on a review of long term infrastructure planning in the UK which led to the establishment of the National Infrastructure Commission

David Sidebottom ( Session Chair )

David Sidebottom ( Session Chair )
Director
Transport Focus

David has been with Transport Focus since January 2006 and previously spent over 11 years representing the needs and interests of energy consumers in the north west of England where he was Regional Director of energywatch, the gas and electricity consumer council.

Andrew Haines

Andrew Haines
Chief Executive
Network Rail

Andrew Haines was appointed as Chief Executive and Board member of Network Rail in August 2018. Prior to this, he served as Chief Executive of the Civil Aviation Authority following a wide-ranging career in the rail industry, which included roles as Managing Director of South West Trains, and Managing Director of the Rail Division for First Group plc.

Jim Steer

Jim Steer
Director
Greengauge 21

Jim is one of the country's leading authorities on transport. He is a founder of Steer Davies Gleave and was Managing Director until March 2002, when he took a three-year secondment to the Strategic Rail Authority as a member of its Executive with responsibilities for all of its strategic planning activities. In 2005 he re-joined Steer Davies Gleave's Board. He is the Director of Greengauge 21, which has provided ten years of research and evidence on the case for high-speed rail in Britain, and a Director of HSR Industry Leaders. He is also a columnist for the Transport Times.

Frazer Henderson

Frazer Henderson
Head of High Speed and Cross Border Rail Policy
Transport Scotland

Frazer Henderson is currently Head of High Speed and Cross Border Rail Policy at Transport Scotland. Since joining the Scottish Administration in 2004 he has been responsible for policy, promotion and production of the Transport (Scotland) Act 2005 (which created regional transport partnerships and established the Scottish Road Works Commissioner), the Transport and Works (Scotland) Act 2007, the Abolition of Bridge Tolls (Scotland) Act 2008, the Forth Crossing Act 2011 (enabling the construction of the Queensferry Crossing) and latterly Head of Rail Policy where he lead the specification for the successful letting of the ScotRail and Caledonian Sleeper franchises.

His interest in transport is long-standing; he vividly recalls his first job, in the 1980s, which involved test-driving the then revolutionary Sinclair C5!

Richard Robinson

Richard Robinson
COO
HS2

Richard joined High Speed Two (HS2) as Chief Operating Officer on the 24 September 2018. He has over 20 years of experience in the heavy industry and civil infrastructure sectors.

Previously, Richard worked for AECOM where he was Chief Executive, Civil Infrastructure, Europe, Middle East, India and Africa. At AECOM, he led the growth of the Civil Infrastructure business, first as Managing Director and then Chief Executive, leading 8,000 people across four regions and a range of infrastructure projects. Before joining AECOM he held leadership roles at BAA Heathrow and Anglo American Plc, and worked for ICI plc.

Richard holds a Masters degree in Chemical Engineering from Nottingham University and an MBA from HEC Paris & NYU Stern school of business, graduating Dean's List. Richard qualified as a chartered chemical engineer, holds CEng and Eur Eng, and is a Sainsbury Management Fellow.

Steve Montgomery

Steve Montgomery
Managing Director - UK Rail
First Group

Steve's career in the railway industry spans almost 30 years, during which time he has gained significant experience in all aspects of rail management. He started his working life with British Rail and held various senior posts before becoming Operations and Safety Director at ScotRail, coinciding with FirstGroup taking over the franchise in 2004. He was appointed Managing Director of First ScotRail in 2009. Under his leadership, First ScotRail achieved the highest ever levels of customer satisfaction and punctuality in the franchise's history and won countless awards including Rail Operator of the Year in 2014 and Scottish Public Transport Operator of the Year in both 2012 and 2013.

Alex Hynes

Alex Hynes
Managing Director
Scotrail Alliance

Alex Hynes was appointed Managing Director of the ScotRail Alliance on 1 June 2017.

Before joining ScotRail, Alex was Managing Director of the Northern franchise for three and a half years where he successfully delivered their best ever customer satisfaction scores as well as record levels of employee engagement.

An experienced transport professional, Alex has almost 20 years of industry experience and a proven track record delivering rail improvement and investment programmes.

Having spent his early career as a consultant for Halcrow Fox, Alex worked with the Office of Rail Regulation before joining the Go-ahead Group in 2005 as Strategic Planning Manager and, in 2007, as Commercial Director at London Midland, and finally, as Managing Director – Rail Development.

Originally from Manchester, Alex serves on the board of The Institution of Railway Operators and North of England Excellence.

Barry White

Barry White
Chief Executive
Transport for the North

Barry leads the development and delivery of Transport for the North's Strategic Transport Plan and provides strategic leadership to deliver the organisation's vision of a thriving North of England where modern transport connections drive economic growth and support an excellent quality of life.

He is accountable for the overall performance of the organisation, its integrity and activities.

Heidi Alexander

Heidi Alexander
Deputy Mayor of London for Transport

Heidi Alexander was appointed as Sadiq Khan's Deputy Mayor for Transport in June 2018. Before joining the Mayor's team Heidi was the Member of Parliament for Lewisham East from 2010-2018. She served in the Whips' Office before being appointed as Shadow Secretary of State for Health. Between 2006 and 2010 Heidi worked as Deputy Mayor of the London Borough of Lewisham and Cabinet Member for Regeneration.

Bill Reeve

Bill Reeve
Rail Director
Transport Scotland

Bill Reeve joined Transport Scotland to establish its new rail team, following the devolution of rail powers to the Scottish Parliament in 2005. Bill has worked in a number of roles in Transport Scotland, and am now Director of Rail. Bill also leads their work introducing integrated smart ticketing across all public transport modes in Scotland.

Bill has more than thirty years of experience of the passenger and freight transport industry, working in British Rail, the privatised rail industry, and as Director of Project Sponsorship at the Strategic Rail Authority prior to joining Transport Scotland.
Bill's career has included front line production management; rail freight business development; policy and strategy development; management of franchise contracts; and major rail project sponsorship including new railways, rolling stock and service developments.


Bill is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and recently served as Chairman of its Railway Division.

Prof. Mark Barry

Prof. Mark Barry
Professor of Practice in Connectivity
Cardiff University

Mark has thirty years' international experience in multiple industries including management consultancy, biotech, IT, finance, economic development & transport.

After graduating in Physics at Manchester in 1985, Mark's early career was in software design, development & implementation. From 1997 to 2002 he worked for the PA Consulting Group in London leading major projects for clients in Europe and North America. In 2003 he founded and was until 2009, CEO of biotech company Q Chip Ltd.

In February 2011, Mark's report, "A Metro for Wales' Capital City Region - Connecting Cardiff, Newport and the Valleys" was published by The Cardiff Business Partnership in conjunction with The Institute of Welsh Affairs. That report made the case for a step change in inter and intra-regional connectivity and city region governance for land use planning, transport & economic development to help grow the economy of south east Wales.

In March 2013, "A Cardiff City Region Metro: transform | regenerate | connect" was published by the Metro Consortium which led to a commission from the Welsh Government to produce, "A Cardiff Capital Region Metro: Impact Study", published in November 2013.

From November 2013 to January 2016 Mark led Metro Development for the Welsh Government; working with senior officials and Ministers he helped secure commitment to progress the project at the end of 2015.

Mark has also taken up a role as Professor of Practice in Connectivity at Cardiff University where he is helping develop research, impact & engagement opportunities related to The South Wales Metro. Mark is also leading a strategic study for Welsh Ministers to support further rail investment in Wales. A summary of his initial work was published in July 2018.

Mark has also been part of a number of Welsh Government Task and Finish groups; in 2007 he was part of a review of IP commercialisation in Welsh HE and 2013/14 he was a member of the Newport Task Force.
Mark has his own consultancy business and provides support and advice in the fields of economic development and transport strategy to public and private bodies; he has also assisted start-up and early stage technology companies.

SPEAKERS


  • SPEAKERS

  • Anthony Smith ( Session Chair )

    Chief Executive
    Transport Focus
  • Ed Thomas ( Session Chair )

    Partner, UK Head of Transport
    KPMG
  • David Sidebottom ( Session Chair )

    Director
    Transport Focus
  • Andrew Haines

    Chief Executive
    Network Rail
  • Jim Steer

    Director
    Greengauge 21
  • Frazer Henderson

    Head of High Speed and Cross Border Rail Policy
    Transport Scotland
  • Richard Robinson

    COO
    HS2
  • Steve Montgomery

    Managing Director - UK Rail
    First Group
  • Alex Hynes

    Managing Director
    Scotrail Alliance
  • Barry White

    Chief Executive
    Transport for the North
  • Heidi Alexander

    Deputy Mayor of London for Transport
  • Bill Reeve

    Rail Director
    Transport Scotland
  • Prof. Mark Barry

    Professor of Practice in Connectivity
    Cardiff University
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