RIA Annual Conference 2019

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Programme - RIA Annual Conference 2019

Thursday 07 November

08:30 - 09:30
RIA Annual General Meeting (AGM) - Registrations and Welcome Tea/Coffee (Available for RIA members only)

09:30 - 10:00

RIA Annual General Meeting (AGM) (Available for RIA members only)

09:30 - 10:00

RIA Annual Conference 2019 - Registrations and Welcome Tea/Coffee

10:00 - 10:10

Opening video (TBC)

ITN Productions

10:15 - 10:30 
Annual Conference Opening

Speaker: Darren Caplan, Chief Executive, Railway Industry Association

10:30 - 11:10
Keynote: Priorities for UK Rail, the Government's View

Speaker:  The Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP (Invited)

11:10 - 11:50
Interview session + Q&A: TBC

11:50 - 12:30
Keynote: Priorities for UK Rail, the Opposition's View

Speaker: Andy McDonald MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Transport

12:30 - 13:45
Networking lunch

13:45 - 14:45

Panel Discussion: Developing a Devolved Railway

The session will invite high-level representatives from big projects and clients like HS2, Transport for Wales, Northern Powerhouse and others to discuss devolution plans to deliver transformed services for rail passengers.

The session will likely cover:
How we can ensure these major projects get the green light;
How we can ensure there is joined up decision-making whilst also delivering further devolution;
How businesses in the supply chain can work with client organisations;
The economic value of different projects and why they are important to UK plc.

Moderator: Caroline Murdoch, Director Corporate Communications, Network Rail


Anthony Smith, Chief Executive, Transport Focus Barry White, Chief Executive, Transport for the North

14:25 - 15:30
Debate: Diversity and inclusion

15:30 - 16:00

Coffee/tea break

16:00 - 16:15

Keynote: Delivering the Rail Sector Deal

Speaker: Philip Hoare, President, Atkins; Chair, Rail Supply Group (RSG) and Overall Rail Sector Deal Industry Champion

16:15 - 17:00

Panel Discussion: Delivering the Rail Sector Deal

The session will invite high-level representatives from the supply chain and government to discuss the Rail Sector Deal; the ambitious plan to deliver transformation across the rail industry over the next 20 years.  

The session will likely cover:
The aims and objectives of the Sector Deal;
The economic benefits of the Deal;
The activities underway as part of the Deal;
Early successes of the Sector Deal.   

Moderator:Neil Ridley, Rail Sector Deal, Programme Manager


Philip Hoare, President, Atkins; and Overall Rail Sector Deal Industry Champion Anna Ince, Chief Executive Officer, Resonate - Midlands Pilot Industry Champion
Rob Morris, Managing Director, Siemens Mobility - Rail Automation - Digital Railway Industry Champion
Mike Noakes, Steel Team, – Supply Chain, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy - Government and Client Champion
Noel Travers, Managing Director, Unipart Rail and Unipart Manufacturing Group - Export & Inward Investment Industry Champion

17:00 - 17:40
Keynote and Q&A

Speakers: Polly Payne & Ruth Hannant, Directors General for Rail Group, Department for Transport (DfT)

17:40 - 17:45

Closing Remarks

18:15 - 19:30
Networking reception*

*Available for Conference Full and Evening Only ticket holders. Door opens at 18:00.

19:30 - 23:00

Networking dinner and Awards ceremony*

*Available for Conference Full and Evening Only ticket holders.

Friday 08 November

08:30 - 09:00
Registrations and Welcome Tea/Coffee

09:00 - 09:05
Opening Day 2

09:05 - 09:45
Keynote and Q&A: Doubling exports in turbulent political times

09:45 - 10:30

Panel Discussion: How will international opportunities enhance the delivery of a customer-focus UK railway in changing times?

Kaspars Briskens, Head of Business Development, Rail Baltica

10:30 - 11:10

Keynote and Q&A

Speakers: Mark Wild, Chief Executive, Crossrail

 11:10 - 11:40

Coffee/tea break

11:40 - 12:30
Panel Discussion: Improving collaboration: How can clients, TOCs, FOCs and the supply chain work better together?
To optimise the operation of the railway for the benefit of passengers, freight and the wider industry, it is imperative for the industry to collaborate more fully.  Effective collaboration between the supply chain, Network Rail and other major clients and TOCs, FOCs, requires the alignment of incentives, a clear understanding of each party’s drivers and objectives and the sharing of valuable information and data.   

A possible example of where such a multi-party approach could deliver benefits by cutting costs and boosting efficiency is around maximising the planning for and use of track possessions for suppliers to work on the railway.  Traditionally in this area there have been bi-lateral discussions between TOCs and NR and between NR and suppliers where what is really needed is three-way discussion between NR, TOCs and suppliers. This requires a culture shift and a move from an adversarial set of behaviours to more collaborative ones. 

This panel will invite representatives from the supply chain, TOCs, FOCs and clients to discuss and cover:

Challenges to overcome in order to achieve greater collaboration;
How to align incentives;
Showcase best practices of industry collaboration.


Emma Gilchrist, Chief Executive, Motion Rail • Mary Hewitt, Strategy and Policy Director, Arriva • Paul Seller, Commercial Director (Railway Operations), HS2 Maggie Simpson, Director General, Rail Freight Group

12:30 - 13:10

Interview session + Q&A: Network Rail’s Chief Executive, ‘One year on’

Speaker: Andrew Haines, Chief Executive, Network Rail

13:10 - 13:15
Conference summary and Close 
Speaker: David Tonkin, Chair, Railway Industry Association

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