Railtex 2021

Joining forces to shape the future of UK rail

7 - 9 September 2021 | NEC, Birmingham

Infrarail 2021

Future Focus Conference

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Organised by the Railway Industry Association (RIA), the Future Focus Conference is a three-day feature at the Railtex / Infrarail 2021 rail show.
The events will cover some of the key challenges and opportunities that the UK rail industry will face in the years to come, and bring together political leaders, client and major project leads and the supply chain.

It will offer insights and discussions around four main themes:

  • Growth: rail can be a catalyst for economic growth, how do we ensure it is supporting investment, jobs and GDP?
  • Geography: how do we ensure rail reaches and benefits all corners of the UK?
  • Green: rail will be essential to meet our decarbonisation goals. How can clients and the supply chain work together to decarbonise the network even further?
  • Global: across the world, nations are investing in rail infrastructure. It is a truly global market, which the UK – as the home of the railways – should be at the centre of. What opportunities are there for the UK and where do our strengths lie?

Conference Programme

Tuesday, 7th September 2021

10:30 am

Railtex / Infrarail 2021 & Conference Opening Ceremony

11:00 am

Minister Speech + Q&A

Andrew Stephenson MP, Minister of State at the Department for Transport

11:30 am

The Williams-Shapps plan (Presentation)

Keith Williams, Chair, Williams Rail Review

11:45 am

GROWTH & GEOGRAPHY Panel Discussion and Q&A

  • Devolution and levelling up

Speakers:
Karen Heppenstall, Head of Rail, Midlands Connect
Ruppert Clubb, Lead Officer, Transport for the South East
Tim Wood, Interim Chief Executive and Northern Powerhouse Rail Director

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14:00 pm

GREEN Panel Discussion and Q&A

  • Decarbonising for a sustainable future

Speakers:
David Clarke, Technical Director, Railway Industry Association
Helen Mcallister, Strategy and Planning Director, Network Rail
Noel Dolphin, Head of UK Projects, Furrer+Frey
Mike Muldoon, Head Of Business Development UK & Ireland, Alstom

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Wednesday, 8th September 2021

10:30 am

GLOBAL Keynote

Innovate UK,  Initiatives to Support UK Rail Exporters and Innovators

Speakers:
Kelvin Davies, Innovation Lead, Rail

10:50 am

GLOBAL Panel Discussion

Speakers:
Matt Crossman, Deputy Director for Infrastructure, Department for International Trade
Marion Doherty, International Trade Advisor for the Black Country, Department for International Trade
Munir Patel, CEO XRail Group Limited and Department for International Trade Export champion
David Priestley, Head of Export Finance Managers, UK Export Finance

12:00 pm

From UK to the world Panel discussion and Q&A

How R&D innovation drives global competitivenes

Speakers:
Joanna Binstead, Head of Innovation, Siemens
Luisa Moiso, Director of Research and Development, RSSB
Robert Ampomah, Chief Technology Officer, Network Rail

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14:00 pm

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Panel discussion and Q&A

Speakers:
Nina Fairfowl, Corporate Communications Manager and Group Inclusion Manager, Keltbray
Arevika Stepanian, Head of Marketing and Communications, STM Group
Mohanad Ismail, Team Leader and Principle Consultant, WSP

15:00 pm

Keynote and Q&A

Tan Dhesi MP, Shadow Rail Minister

Thursday, 9th September 2021

10:30 am

GROWTH Panel Discussion and Q&A: Major Projects

Speakers:
Benjamin Rule, Infrastructure Management Director, HS2
Peter Farnham, Head of Performance and Customer Relationship Management, West Coast South Route, Network Rail
Paul Day, Engineering Lead, Laing O’Rourke

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