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Date: 10th Nov 2016
Venue: The Palace Hotel, Oxford Road, Manchester
Time: 08:00 - 16:00

The Northern Powerhouse Rail Conference (NPRC) is the new companion event to the established and successful TransCityRail North networking dinner. Taking place on the same day as the evening dinner, the NPRC will set the agenda for rail in the North of England. The event will highlight the economic benefits Northern Powerhouse Rail will bring to the region, as well as detailing what opportunities exist for the supply chain.

Why attend:
Leaders from across the region responsible for devolution, infrastructure investment, supply chain engagement and Northern programmes will use the conference to engage with major contractors and the wider supply chain to deliver clear and concise, business critical information on how organisations can do business with the region’s stakeholders and Network Rail.

As well as featuring speakers from TfN, Network Rail’s Northern Programmes, National Supply Chain and Digital Railway the event plays host to a series of engaging workshops tailored to the needs of the Northern Powerhouse Rail community.

Conference agenda:
08:30 – Registration/Breakfast/Networking/Exhibition
– Opening address
09:40Susan Cooklin, Route Services Director,Network Rail
The Route Services Directorate will supply services that the route
managing directors collectively decide are best provided from a
single support team. This will allow routes to benefit from
economies of scale and allow Network Rail to optimise resources
on a national basis. As an exclusive to the delegates attending
this conference, Susan will explain what all of this means for the
supply chain, helping you to better understand the
opportunities that exist for you and your organisation.
10:00Pete Brunskill, Stakeholder Manager – Rail, Transport for the North
Transport for the North (TfN) see this conference as an ideal
opportunity to present its rail transport strategy for the North of
England to a supply chain that is eager to learn of the
opportunities that exist for their organisations, and want to
better understand how they can turn those opportunities into
10:20Roy Rowlands, Business Development Manager, Rail Technology Magazine
Roy will talk about the use of effective marketing to deliver key
information about your organisation’s capabilities to the right
10:40 – Refreshments/Networking/Exhibition
11:20Chris Montgomery, Director of Northern Programmes, Network Rail
As Director of Northern Programmes, Chris and his team define
and deliver the strategy behind a whole package of works for
the north of England that will create great economic benefit for
the region, improved services for passengers and further
opportunities for the supply chain. Come and listen to Chris
explain the future requirements of the Northern Programme and
what it means for you.
11:40Chris Lawrence, Technical Director, RSSB
Chris will discuss the implementation of the Rail Technical
Strategy and the Capability Delivery Plan and their
opportunities for the supply chain.
12:00 – Lunch/Networking/Exhibition
13:30Andy Haynes, Contracts & Procurement Director, Route Services, Network Rail
Andy and his team at Network Rail’s National Supply Chain are
using this conference to engage directly with the supply chain
to discuss how suppliers can better understand how contracts
with Network Rail can become more accessible and what’s
expected in a post-Brexit world.
13:50 – Q&A
Andy Haynes, Contracts & Procurement Director,
Route Services, Network Rail
Mark Rawlinson, Contracts & Procurement Manager,
Route Services, Network Rail
Mark Holyoake, Procurement Manager, Contracts &
Procurement, Network Rail
14:00Ian Brogan, Bid Manager and Dave Thornton, Director, Thornton and Lowe
Ian and Dave will explain how to demonstrate and evidence
your abilities to meet the requirements of Network Rail, safely,
sustainably and collaboratively, whilst maintaining the
operation of the railway.
14:20 – Refreshments/Networking/Exhibition
14:50 - Suzanne O’Keane, RISQS, Community Manager, Achilles
Suzanne gives insight into the GB railway supply chain.
15:10Phil Bennett, Commercial Director for the Digital Railway, Network Rail
Over the next 25 years, digital modernisation will be deployed
across the network in phases designed to allow the rail
industry to develop and test approaches that work effectively,
and then apply them at pace and scale. With such significant
change comes a significant opportunity for the supply chain,
and Phil will explain how organisations can align themselves
with the Digital Railway’s procurement strategy.
15:30 – Closing remarks


To attend this conference and hear from the leaders responsible for procuring and delivering Northern Powerhouse Rail contact the team on: 0161 833 6320 or mail

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