UK RAIL SUMMIT

18TH SEPTEMBER 2020

15 CANADA SQUARE
LONDON E14 5GL

SPEAKERS


Tobyn Hughes

Tobyn Hughes
Managing Director
Transport North East

Tobyn Hughes is the Managing Director of Transport North East, ensuring the development and delivery of an excellent transport system for the North East.

In this role he leads Nexus, the body responsible for providing high quality integrated public transport services through the Tyne and Wear Metro system, Shields Ferry, bus, ticketing and information services. Tobyn is also principal transport adviser to the North East Joint Transport Committee, which brings together the leaders of the seven councils in North East England around a shared transport agenda.

Tobyn is passionate about improving travel for people who live and work in North East England and has extensive knowledge of the commercial, operational and regulatory environments involved in rail, Metro and local bus services.

Under Tobyn's leadership Nexus has secured funding of over £350m to renew the Metro's rolling stock; is renewing the system's infrastructure in a £300m programme; and is looking at ways to expanding the system and to improve the entire local transport network. Tobyn also plays a leading role in Transport for the North and the Urban Transport Group.

A Newcastle University graduate, he has over 23 years' experience working in aviation, bus and rail transport.

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.

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.

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.

Jim Steer

Jim Steer
Director
Greengauge21

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.

River Tamoor Baig

River Tamoor Baig
Founder & Chief Executive
HackTrain

River is a technology entrepreneur, he started his career at the National Association of College and University Entrepreneurs (NACUE) advising educational institutions across the UK on how to build entrepreneurial hubs. After leaving NACUE he worked with Lee Strafford, the founder of Plusnet, to setup Dotforge, a startup accelerator based in the north of England.

During River's time at Dotforge he invested and accelerated 30 startups over an 18-month period. He was also part of the team that secured £15m of funding from the Cabinet Office for TechNorth and the Northern TechHubs.

After spending countless hours travelling via rail across the north of England he ran the first HackTrain hackathon, an initiative designed to rapidly improve customer experience and operational efficiency of the railway. The HackTrain initiative has helped bring dozens of innovations into the hands of passengers and rail staff, changed policy around innovation through its reports, and has opened up the market to other tech entrepreneurs.

SPEAKERS


  • SPEAKERS

  • Tobyn Hughes

    Managing Director
    Transport North East
  • Maria Machancoses

    Director
    Midlands Connect
  • Anthony Perret

    Head of Sustainable Development
    RSSB
  • Maggie Simpson

    Director General
    Rail Freight Group
  • Jim Steer

    Director
    Greengauge21
  • River Tamoor Baig

    Founder & Chief Executive
    HackTrain
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