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04.12.14

Miles Jupp and Andrew McNaughton added to UKRIA 2015 line-up

RTM has announced two new major additions to the UK Rail Industry Awards 2015, with comedian Miles Jupp set to host and Professor Andrew McNaughton from HS2 Ltd to give a keynote address.

Andrew McNaughton HS2 editMcNaughton has been with HS2 Ltd since 2009, developing the principles, network and specific route design for high speed rail in Great Britain, as chief engineer and now technical director. Prior to that, from 2001 he was chief engineer of Network Rail, responsible for the specification and development of the GB rail network, investment authorisation and overall system safety management.

He also serves as vice chair of the EU Transport Advisory Group, chair of the European Rail Research Advisory Council and special advisor on rail to the Australian Government. He has lectured on the transport, land use and economic planning effects of regional, freight and long distance rail development in North America, Asia and Australia as well as Europe.

Miles Jupp X1[6] editJupp, a well-known stand-up comedian and actor, will be a familiar face to fans of BBC sitcoms The Thick of It and Rev, where he played incompetent press officer John Duggan and lay reader Nigel McCall respectively. He made his name as the hapless inventor Archie in the children’s television series Balamory and is currently appearing in Neville’s Island in the West End alongside Adrian Edmondson, Neil Morrissey and Robert Webb.

He started performing stand-up comedy in 2000 when he won both ‘So You Think You’re Funny’ and ‘Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year’. In addition to his acting he continues to appear on television shows such as Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, Have I Got News For You, Mock the Week, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Argumental, Just a Minute, and Live At The Apollo.

The 2015 UKRIA ceremony will be held on 19 February at the Battersea Evolution in London. To book your tickets click here.

The shortlist for the awards will be announced in the middle of next week. Check RTM for all the latest news on the UK Rail Industry Awards 2015.

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