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Anson Jack, Professor, University of Birmingham, and Director, International Railway Academy

Anson Jack is Professor of International Railway Benchmarking and director of the Birmingham International Railway Academy at the University of Birmingham. Prior to that he had a 35-year career in the railway industry, including at British Rail, Railtrack, Network Rail and (for the 12 years to 2015) was a director of RSSB. His experience is in operations, freight, strategy, regulation, safety, standards and R&D and international relationships. He is a member of overseas committees/advisory boards on Safety, Research and High Speed Rail.

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Lord Tony Berkeley, Chairman, Rail Freight Group

Lord Tony Berkley is also the Secretary of the All-Party Parliamentary Rail Group, a board member of the European Rail Freight Association, member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Transport.

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Orla Sedze, Communications Manager, British Transport Police Authority

BTPA is the independent body responsible for ensuring an efficient and effective British Transport Police force for rail operators, their staff and passengers. There are 15 members of the police authority, who provide knowledge and experience of issues that concern passengers, the railway industry, railway employees and the regions.

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Neil Andrew, Director and General Manager, Balfour Beatty Rail - Engineering and Technology Solutions

Balfour Beatty Rail is an international rail engineering, design and construction business.

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Professor Felix Schmid, Centre for Railway Research and Education

Professor Felix Schmid is the Programme Director for the MSc in railway systems engineering and is a Professor at the School of Engineering in the Centre for Railway Research and Education at the University of Birmingham.

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Howard Smith, Operations Director, Elizabeth Line

Howard was one of the key figures in facilitating the rise of London Overground to the top of the passenger performance tables, and has more recently been working to ensure the successful delivery of Crossrail, Europe's biggest construction project.

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Sara Nelson, Head of Communications, Transport Focus

Sara Nelson is Head of Communications at Transport Focus, the independent, official consumer watchdog for Britain’s rail passengers and England’s bus, coach and tram passengers (outside of London). Basing its work on research, it aims to make a difference for all Britain’s passengers, and, as of March 2015, users of the Strategic Roads Network in England.

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Amanda White, Head of Rail, Transport for Greater Manchester

Amanda White is responsible for working with railway operators on daily service performance, franchises and developing strategies for future rail growth across Greater Manchester. Previously Senior Route Engineer for HS2 Ltd and Railway Systems Engineer at Network Rail for seven years, she started as a graduate electrification engineer. Amanda is a chartered engineer and is heavily involved in supporting the railway division of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

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Andy Doherty, Chief Rail Technology Officer, Network Rail 

Andy Doherty is an Ambassador for Network Rail, leading engineering interaction with the UK railway industry and within the European railway sphere. He chairs the UK Vehicle Track System Interface Committee, and is a member of the cross-industry Technical Strategy Leadership Group. Andy is chair of a number of European associations and committees; he represents the entire European railway operating community as vice-chair of ERRAC (European Rail Research Advisory Group) and with the ERA (European Railway Agency) in a number of areas, such as interoperability issues.

Andy is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineers. He is an electrical systems engineer with expertise in the railway system, rolling stock design, the mechanical interface between the train and track, transmission based signalling systems such as ETCS, and electromagnetic compatibility. He is a Visiting Professor at Cranfield, Southampton, and Newcastle Universities. Previously he chaired the Network Rail Acceptance Panel for some nine years, setting policy and approval of all Systems and Products used by Network Rail, and has held a number of senior roles in London Underground.

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Paul Prentice, Senior Media Officer, Rail Delivery Group

Paul Prentice works for the Rail Delivery Group, which comprises the companies responsible for day-to-day operation on the railway and is committed to its continued success via partnership working. It was set up in 2011 to lead the industry's response to the McNulty value for money study, and in 2013 it took over some roles from the Association of Train Operating Companies for policy and communications. Paul is also an experienced journalist, having specialised in the rail industry.

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Jo Bird, Head of Communications, RSSB 

RSSB support the railway industry in standards, safety, knowledge and innovation. It is a membership organisation that spans the whole system and includes infrastructure companies, train and freight operators, rolling stock owners and suppliers. RSSB helps the industry improve safety and customer experience and increase capacity whilst reducing carbon and cost.

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David Waboso, Managing Director, Digital Railway

Prior to joining Network Rail as the managing director of Digital Railway, David was the Capital Programmes Director at London Underground. David is an internationally renowned engineer and project manager and has worked for some of the world’s most prestigious engineering and consulting firms on infrastructure programmes in the UK and internationally. His first experience in railways was with the DLR, where in 1996 he was awarded UK Project Manager of the Year. Following this he was recruited to the Jubilee Line Extension to take charge of completing the trains and signalling systems in time for millennium opening. He has also worked in Europe and Africa, and at other UK bodies including the Strategic Rail Authority and RSSB.

He is a recent President of CoMet (the international organisation of metros), working to share and benchmark best practice.

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Giles Thomas, Phase 1 Engineering Director, High Speed 2

Giles started his railway engineering career commissioning Class 91 locomotives for the East Coast Mainline in 1988 after completing a degree in Electronic Systems and Control Engineering. He then worked in various design and project engineering capacities on light rail and underground projects in Manchester and London.



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