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University of Birmingham Railway Prestige Lecture Series, 2018/19

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At the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE), 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 17:30, followed by the lecture at 18:00 in Room 224, 2nd Floor, Gisbert Kapp Building, University of Birmingham.

Programme of lectures for 2018/19:

Tuesday 20th November 2018

Speaker: Laura Shoaf, Transport for West Midlands

Laura Shoaf is Managing Director of Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) which is the transport arm of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA); and the strategic transport authority for the area covered by the seven metropolitan authorities of the West Midlands. Laura has more than 25 years international experience in delivering integrated economic and spatial regeneration and is the first woman in England to lead a strategic transport authority.

Laura is responsible for delivering a £4 billion transport package over the next 10 years which is fundamental to the delivery of economic regeneration in the region.

Laura is a chartered Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and sits on numerous boards including National College for High Speed Rail and Urban Transport Group. She is also a committee member of UITP and board member of EMTA, highly-respected international and European organisations dedicated to promoting public transport and the dissemination of best practice.

Tuesday 22nd January 2019

Speaker: Rebecca Riley, City-REDI

Rebecca joined City-REDI as Administrative Director in September 2015, leading on the strategic direction of the Institute, especially in relation to consultancy work and partnership development. She brings with her experience in the private consultancy sector providing the Idox Information Service to clients across the higher education, local government and national policy sectors. Prior to this, Rebecca was Head of Research at the Northwest Regional Development Agency and led a regional economic observatory, providing the evidence base for regional. local and policy specific strategies and programmes.

Rebecca has managed over 200 projects across all local government policy areas, designing, advising, commissioning, collaborating and delivering research services. Her focus has been on regional and local economic intelligence and analysis services, forecasting and skills.

Wednesday 20th February 2019

Speaker: Mark Thurston, HS2

Mark joined High Speed Two (HS2) as Chief Executive Officer in March 2017. With more than 25 years' experience in project and programme management, Mark has worked in both public and private sector on some of the UK's largest infrastructure projects.

Previously, Mark was Managing Director for Europe at CH2M and was with the company from June 2008. During his career with CH2M, Martk spent a significant amount of time in leadership roles onmajor programmes, including three years as Strategic Projects Director on Crossrail, leading the Programme Partner joint venture Transcend.

Prior to this, Mark was Programme Delivery Manager on the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games, where he led the Power Lines Under Grounding Project and the £500 million Structures, Bridges and Highways programme on behalf of the CLM delivery partner consortium.

Tuesday 12th March 2019

Speaker: Tom Butcher, Met Office

Tom is the Head of Scientific Consultancy at the Met Office. Through 16 years' experience at the Met Office, World Meterological Organisation and Australian Bureau of Meterology, Tom has built up a strong understanding of the science of weather and climate change and their impacts on industry and governments.

Tom has worked with a wide range of customers, both in the UK, Australia and in other countries, to understand their needs and to develop services that help them to utilise weather and climate information to improve safety and increase the efficiency of operations.

Tuesday 19th March 2019

Speaker: Pete Brunskill, West Midlands Rail Executive

Pete has extensive experience in rail development and planning; station design and delivery, stakeholder management, multi-modal transportation, urban design and master planning.

Pete is passionate about rail and is a committed urbanist who has worked around the country and overseas on a wide range of urban regeneration, and many rail project delivery roles.

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

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