UK RAIL SUMMIT

24TH MARCH 2020

15 CANADA SQUARE
LONDON E14 5GL

SPEAKERS


Chris Croft (Session Chair)

Chris Croft (Session Chair)
Director – Strategy Group
KPMG

Chris leads KPMG's Strategic Procurement Advisory support to infrastructure clients and projects. He has 20 years' experience across the infrastructure and energy sectors with a particular focus on the structure and governance of public and privately funded infrastructure projects which includes supporting the NDA, Crossrail, Crossrail 2, HS2 and East West Rail. Chris also leads our support to infrastructure clients looking to design and transform their operating models and develop procurement strategies including current support to Network Rail's Putting Passengers First programme. Chris leads KPMG's relationship with HS2 Ltd and has been providing Financial and Commercial advice to the HS2 programme over the last 6 years.

Michèle Dix CBE

Michèle Dix CBE
Managing Director
Crossrail2

Michèle started her career at the Greater London Council (GLC) after completing her PhD in transport and land use planning and became a chartered civil engineer through the GLC's transport planning graduate scheme. She spent fifteen years in the private sector with Halcrow Fox becoming the board director for urban transport. She joined Transport for London (TfL) in 2000 as director of Congestion Charging on a job share basis with Malcolm Murray-Clark and Managing Director of Planning in 2007.

Michèle led TfL's strategic thinking on the future transport needs of London, testing and challenging solutions; providing clear direction on appropriate transport solutions for the future; she was responsible for the Mayor's Transport Strategy and transport requirements for the Mayor's 2050 Infrastructure Plan; coordinating the implementation of local plans and borough partnerships; and developing major scheme interchanges.

Michèle is now responsible for developing Crossrail 2 and gaining funding and powers for it. Michele is a visiting professor for UCL and is chair of an international committee PRESCOM for the UITP which promotes public transport research and best practice globally. Most recently, Michele has joined the Major Projects Association as a Board member and has become a Trustee for the London Transport Museum.

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.

David Hughes

David Hughes
Strategy and Programme Director
Transport for the North

TBC

Maria Machancoses

Maria Machancoses
Director
Midlands Connect

Maria has been instrumental in the success and development of Midlands Connect since helping to set up the partnership in 2014. Maria has also worked as Director of the Midlands Engine and managed the West Midlands Integrated Transport Authority's input into the HS2 Hybrid Bill. Originally from Valencia in Spain, Maria has worked in the UK for more than 20 years.

Sarah Owen-Vandersluis (Session Chair)

Sarah Owen-Vandersluis (Session Chair)
Partner, Head of Public Sector Mobility and Trade Lead Partner
KPMG

Sarah leads our advice to transport authorities on the future of Mobility (including Autonomous Vehicles, Ultra-Low & Zero Emission Vehicles and Mobility as a Service), with a particular focus on transport authority strategy, implications for infrastructure and services, and development of business cases for new initiatives. Sarah has over 15 years' experience advising public sector organisations on strategic options, development of commercial business plans, diversification of income streams, pricing, identification of operating efficiencies and development of partnerships between the public and private sector. Prior to joining KPMG, Sarah worked in M&A for Ford Motor Company, in the US and the UK. This included development of business plans and governance structures for two significant technology joint ventures. She also led new vehicle pricing for the UK market. Alongside her role at KPMG Sarah is a regular lecturer for the London School of Economics on new market development and public / private collaboration.

Anthony Perret

Anthony Perret
Head of Sustainable Development
RSSB

Anthony leads the rail industry's sustainable development programme, facilitated by RSSB. The programme's remit is to embed the Rail Sustainable Development Principles into rail's operations, decision and investments. Anthony was responsible for the industry's Decarbonisation Taskforce and was Project Director on the Varley Review of Network Rail's approach to biodiversity and vegetation management.

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.

Maggie Simpson

Maggie Simpson
Director General
Rail Freight Group

Maggie Simpson is Executive Director at the Rail Freight Group, the representative body for rail freight in the UK. Since joining in 2005 she has worked to promote growth in rail freight and to support member companies of the Group in their activities.

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

SPEAKERS


  • SPEAKERS

  • Chris Croft (Session Chair)

    Director – Strategy Group
    KPMG
  • Michèle Dix CBE

    Managing Director
    Crossrail2
  • Andrew Haines

    Chief Executive
    Network Rail
  • David Hughes

    Strategy and Programme Director
    Transport for the North
  • Maria Machancoses

    Director
    Midlands Connect
  • Sarah Owen-Vandersluis (Session Chair)

    Partner, Head of Public Sector Mobility and Trade Lead Partner
    KPMG
  • Anthony Perret

    Head of Sustainable Development
    RSSB
  • Bill Reeve

    Rail Director
    Transport Scotland
  • Maggie Simpson

    Director General
    Rail Freight Group
  • Anthony Smith (Session Chair)

    Chief Executive
    Transport Focus
  • Ed Thomas (Session Chair)

    Partner, UK Head of Transport
    KPMG
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