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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.
Ian Prosser
Ian Prosser, H.M. chief inspector of railways and director of railway safety at the Office of Rail & Road
Ian is responsible for the work of the Railway Safety Directorate, which strives to ensure duty-holders in the railway industry manage health and safety risks effectively and thus comply with their statutory duties. The secretary of state appointed him to the Board with effect from 26 September 2008.
Ian was educated at Imperial College, where he attained a first class honours degree in chemical engineering, followed by a Master of Philosophy in control engineering and operations research at Cambridge University. He has worked in safety-critical industries for more than 36 years – originally in the chemical pharmaceutical and automotive industries, where the roles performed spanned a wide spectrum from works/production management to project and technology management, delivering improvements in safety, quality and efficiency.
Prior to joining ORR in 2008, he spent eight years in the rail industry, working for Amey Rail and Amey Operations as both technical director and Quensh director and then Metronet Rail, where he had the leading role in safety management; he was a director of both infraco companies.
Ian is a member of ORR’s safety regulation committee and periodic review committee.
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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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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.
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.
Clair Mowbray, Chief Executive, National College for High Speed Rail

Clair joined HS2 Ltd to lead on the development of the National College for High Speed Rail in 2014.  She has been instrumental in taking the project from concept through to its current stage of development, working across stakeholders to achieve buy-in and support for the project.  She was appointed as Chief Executive of the National College for High Speed Rail in September 2016.

Prior to this Clair was involved in strategic planning and development of 14-19 education, supported organisations through merger and advised government on policy.  More recently she worked to develop a new approach to education and skills development for the South West Strategic Health Authority that focused on immersive virtual learning and professional development. 

Clair’s career is characterised by working with organisations dedicated to supporting people through skills development.  Her wide experience is an excellent platform for successfully implementing the National College, given its clear mandate to closely link skills development with the economy.  Clair is passionate about promoting the opportunities that the high speed rail sector affords to a wide range of learners through an innovative teaching model.

Peter Austin, Delivery Director, East West Railway Company

Peter was appointed as Delivery Director for the East West Railway Company on 22 November 2017.

Peter has many years’ senior leadership experience, both in the rail industry and outside. Between 2013 and 2016, Peter was Managing Director of LOROL, the first operator of the London Overground Concession. He joined LOROL as Finance Director in 2007 after leading the finances for the successful bid.  Before joining the rail industry Peter spent seven years with Reuters after qualifiying as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG.

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