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University of Birmingham Railway Prestige Lecture Series, 2017/18

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At the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education we pride ourselves on our close links with the rail industry in support of our research and education programmes.

Each year, we host a programme of lectures, known as the Birmingham Railway Prestige Lecture series which are given by esteemed people from across the railway industry; from infrastructure, operations, the supply community, government agencies, supporting bodies and academics.

It would be a pleasure if you would join us.

Teas, Coffees and biscuits will be provided from 5.30pm, followed by the lecture at 6pm in Room 225, 2nd Floor, Gisbert Kapp Building, University of Birmingham.

The following is the programme of lectures for 2018:

Wednesday 17th January 2018

Speaker: Mark Phillips, RSSB

Mark was appointed Interim Managing Director in May 2016 and then Chief Executive in November 2016. Mark joined RSSB as Director of Research and Standards where he led the technical experts who provide advice and guidance, and develop standards for the rail industry to improve efficiency and safety. The role included managing interoperability with the EU, driving the integration of EU standards into GB rail, and managing the research portfolio.

Mark is a Fellow of the Institute of Railway Operators and a Fellow of the Institute of Logistics and Transport. Mark is Deputy Chairman of the British Transport Police Authority and chairs the BPTA audit and risk committee.

Mark's lecture will discuss the case for an independent rail system authority.

Tuesday 6th February 2018

Speaker: Gordon Wakeford, Siemens

As Divisional Managing Director for Siemens Mobility UK, Gordon is responsible for leading the Siemens Rail Systems, Traffic Solutions, Rail Automation and Rail Electrification businesses in the UK. With a headcount of some 3,500 employees these businesses deliver trains, total road traffic solutions, rail signalling and electrification and maintenance throughout the country.

Gordon is a member of the Siemens UK Executive Management Board. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (FCIHT) and a Chartered Engineer (MIET). He is the current Chairman of the Railway Industry Association (RIA).



Previous Lectures of 2017/18 programme:

Tuesday 5th December 2017

Speaker: Mark Hopwood, Great Western Railway (GWR)

Mark is the Managing Director of GWR and will be giving us an insight of his many years in leadership at one of the largest train operating company in the country.

Tuesday 21st November 2017

Speaker: Graham Hopkins, Network Rail

Graham is the Group Director for Safety, Technical and Engineering at Network Rail and a member of the Rail Safety Group. He will be talking to us about the technical vision for railway and the means by which it will be delivered.

Tuesday 7th November 2017

Speakers: David Waboso & Stuart Calvert, Network Rail

David is the Managing Director for Group Digital Railway at Network Rail. He will be talking to us about his vision for digital railway of the future.

Tuesday 3rd October 2017

Speakers: Chris Gibbs & Piers Connor

Last summer the Secretary of State for Transport, Rt Hon Chris Grayling, commissioned a study from a respected and experienced railway manager Chris Gibb. The objective of the study was to determine and initiate much-needed improvements to service across the Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) franchise in general and within the Southern Railway network in particular. The report was completed in December 2016 and issued to the public on 22nd June 2017.

Piers Connor, an independent railways systems consultant and visiting lecturer at the University of Birmingham will provide an assessment of the Gibb report which will be followed by informal comments by Chris Gibb on how a review of this nature is carried out and on some of the problems that are encountered in such a task.


More lectures will be taking place this year!

For further information, please contact Nadeen Taylor, Email: n.taylor.3@bham.ac.uk Tel: 0121 414 2626

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