The Sleeper's Blog

02.04.19

Elaine Clark, Chief Executive of the Rail Forum Midlands on supporting the Rail Sector Deal

The Rail Forum Midlands are playing a huge part in the delivery of the Rail Sector Deal. Chief Executive Elaine Clark explains how she and her team are working to support SME's in the rail sector grow their business through collaboration and build on existing skills ahead of TCR Midlands 2019.

What does your role as Chief Executive of the Rail Forum Midlands involve?

As CEO of a small organisation I get to be involved in a lot of different things – it has to be a hands on ‘doing role,’ not just setting the strategy as we have such a small and flexible team. So it’s everything from dealing with government ministers and civil servants one day to meeting major clients/OEMs and supply chain companies another. As CEO I am responsible for setting the overall strategy of the organisation in agreement with our Board which is drawn from a cross section of our members and then ensuring we deliver on that – for ourselves and our membership. We offer a range of services and events, so I work on some of those and also lead our more strategic work on skills, SME growth, export and the sector deal delivery.

One outcome of the Rail Sector Deal is to support SMEs and Develop Skills. What is the SME and Skills growth scheme and what does it mean for the supply chain?

In order to grow, SMEs need both opportunities and access to skilled people. Our sector deal pilots aim to increase the pipeline of talent coming into the industry and identify some of those opportunities for SMEs to respond to.

As active delivery partners of developing both the SME and skills scheme, what are the next steps in delivering this?

Right now it’s about ensuring we engage and communicate with as wide a range of stakeholders as practical to ensure they know what we are doing and how they can get involved – if they want to! We also have a responsibility to the Rail Supply Group Council for delivery, so we are putting in place appropriate governance arrangements, ensuring we have a sound plan and access to the right resources to help us deliver.

How will TCR Midlands help you to deliver your message?

By the time we get to July we should have some positive progress to report. TCR will help spread that and help us maintain and increase our engagement across the supply chain.


Fill out the form below to find out more information on TransCityRail Midlands 

Comments

There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment

 

rail technology magazine tv

more videos >

latest rail news

LNER plans for better mobile connections

04/06/2020LNER plans for better mobile connections

London North Eastern Railway (LNER) has announced plans in collaboration with mobile phone operator O2 to boost network coverage along a 45-mile ... more >
Transport for the North joint submission to the Integrated Rail Plan

03/06/2020Transport for the North joint submission to the Integrated Rail Plan

In a collaborative submission to the Integrated Rail Plan, Transport for the North’s Members have called for a sustained investment in the ... more >
Overnight work to overhead power lines at Euston

03/06/2020Overnight work to overhead power lines at Euston

Network Rail are advising passengers that there will be no services in or out of London Euston after 9pm this Thursday (June 4th) while work to o... more >

editor's comment

23/01/2018Out with the old...

Despite a few disappointing policy announcements, especially for the electrification aficionados amongst us, 2017 was, like Darren Caplan writes on page 20, a year generally marked by positive news for the rail industry. We polished off the iconic Ordsall Chord (p32), hit some solid milestones on Thameslink (p40), progressed on ambitious rolling stock orders (p16), and finally started moving forward on HS2 (p14) ‒ paving the way for a New Ye... read more >

last word

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

This summer, Arriva Group's CrossCountry and the Scout Association joined to launch a new partnership to promote rail safety among young people. Chris Leech MBE, business community manager at the TOC, gives RTM an update on the innovative scheme. Recognising that young people are more likely to take a risk trespassing on railway tracks, CrossCountry and the Scouts have come together to encourage Britain’s younger generations to be... more > more last word articles >
board2

'the sleepers' daily blog

Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

14/11/2019Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

Rail Technology Magazine’s Matt Roberts explains the significant role data can play within the future development of the rail industry. Standing as a cornerstone of the UK transport network, the rail industry is forever striving to innovate and maximise efficiency in all aspects of its work. Data is just one such way of achievi... more >
read more blog posts from 'the sleeper' >

comment

The challenge of completing Crossrail

05/07/2019The challenge of completing Crossrail

With a new plan now in place to deliver Crossrail, Hedley Ayres, National Audit Office manager, major projects and programmes, takes a look at ho... more >
Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

04/07/2019Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

The move to decarbonise the rail network involves shifting to cleaner modes of traction by 2050. David Clarke, technical director at the Railway ... more >
Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

02/07/2019Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

Smart electrification is the way to boost clean energy resources, argues Leo Murray, director at 10:10 Climate Action. Contractors are clear... more >
Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

02/07/2019Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

The TCR Midlands conference is only days away and tickets are going fast for the sector event of the year at the Vox Conference Centre in Birming... more >

rail industry focus

View all News

interviews

Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

24/06/2019Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on Radio 4's BBC’s flagship news programme that he wo... more >
Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

08/05/2019Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

In answering the pressing questions of how current and future generations of managers can provide solutions to high-profile infrastructure projec... more >
Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

12/03/2019Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

RTM sits down with Samantha Smith, sole female member of the TransPennine Route Upgrade Alliance Leadership Team, to find out more about encourag... more >