We have hand picked some of the leading figures within the rail industry to present at this year's event. Find out a bit more about each of our speakers below.
Adam began his career as a Civil Engineer in the Water Industry before moving into Procurement in the early 2000’s. From there he has worked in a variety of industries which have included; Professional services, Airports, Retail, Media and for the last 6 years Rail.
Having spent 3 years working in Network Rail Adam joined the Balfour Beatty Rail business in late 2015 to head up their Procurement Function. In his time with the Balfour Beatty Rail he has been focusing on developing a more strategic approach to the procurement and getting greater levels of engagement from both the business and the supply chain. In early 2018 Adam’s portfolio was expanded to include Balfour Beatty’s Power & Gas & Water businesses, a great opportunity to develop value across multiple supply chains for both Balfour and it’s clients.
As a Member of the of the Chartered Institute of Purchase & Supply and a firm believer in the value great procurement can deliver and he is committed to developing the capability of procurement within the Balfour business.
Eoin O’Neill is the Deputy Regional Director for the Infrastructure Projects Central organisation within Network Rail. He has over 20 years rail experience in a wide variety of areas including Engineering, Commercial Property, Contracts and Procurement and Infrastructure Projects.
He is a Fellow of the RICS and has spent his recent career in leadership positions managing commercial, procurement and delivery teams within Network Rail. His out of work priorities are his wife and his three daughters, but he still finds time to occasionally go and watch his beloved Aston Villa!
With nearly 20 years procurement experience in the private and public sector, rail and London Underground, Jo has a successful and proven record of success in the implementation and strategic delivery of procurement projects.
Jo is currently responsible for strategic development and implementation of national procurement strategies as well as having functional procurement responsibility for IP including governance, competencies and tool sets. Jo is also responsible for processes that support increasing and monitoring supplier engagement and performance.
Jo is Network Rail Infrastructure Projects Professional Head of Procurement having worked in a number of locations, asset teams and role levels during her career with Network Rail. She has established a forum of procurement leads who represent the Regions, National and Major Projects and Programmes leading on a number of work streams and initiatives (succession planning, competences, professional development, systems, supplier engagement, intelligence) and represents Network Rail at the DfT Heads of Procurement Board meeting.
Sharing her passion for Procurement, expertise and experience has raised awareness both internally and throughout the Supply Chain and resulted in the delivery of the Sustainable Procurement Charter and delivery of key procurement legislative training while inspiring others in the profession.
John is a non-practising barrister, Chief Commercial Counsel at Bird & Bird and heads up our Rail Group.
For 20 years he had an industrial career in telecommunications and electronics, mainly dealing with complex situations at CEO/MD level.
He has worked with and for Bird & Bird for 22 years as a client, consultant and COO.
In transport he was MD of GEC Traffic and associated business and CEO of British Rail Telecommunications.
He has a good working understanding of the structures, processes, systems and technologies underpinning the Railway.
He is a Companion Member of the Institution of Railway Signal Engineers. He is a member of the Industrial Development Advisory Board under BEIS.
Paul is a change agent, management consultant and engineer, with an extensive career in the management of construction, engineering and service businesses, and complex time-critical major projects, worldwide.
Over the last 20 years, Paul has become best known as a collaborative working champion, member/facilitator of numerous industry best practice groups, and as a conference speaker, focussing on collaborative working/partnering, performance measurement, improvement and benchmarking.
Paul is the convenor of the ISO committee developing the ISO 44001 series of standards for collaborative business relationships. He is also a Constructing Excellence Collaborative Working Champion.
Peter joined the Association in December 2002 from the Railways Directorate of the Department for Transport.
He had been with the DfT since 1994, working initially on the privatisation of the Rolling Stock Leasing Companies, then on the sale of other ex-BR businesses and finally on cross-industry liaison.
Peter was also heavily involved in setting up the National Skills Academy for Railway Engineering (NSAR). He currently runs a number of RIA’s strategic Special Interest Groups which meet regularly with Network Rail, TfL and HS2. He represents RIA on the Planning Oversight Group (POG) and is the focal point for ORR consultations and other activity relating to PR18/ CP6 (and also the current CP5 shortfall). He also set up and runs the Renewals Cost Working Group.
Ronald specialises in supporting clients in the public and private sector throughout the full lifecycle of their contractual relationships, from strategy and design, to procurement and in-life management. He works closely with clients at the cutting edge of technology, helping them to deliver tailored, commercial solutions.
Ronald led the Bird & Bird team that assisted the Department for Energy and Climate Change in the procurement of IT and communications services for the GB-wide smart metering programme and continues to advise the £12bn programme on its implementation. He previously worked on the procurement and implementation of the UK's national health electronic patient record system and digitisation of the NHS, as well as a number of ICT projects in the context of e-border, defence and police projects. He therefore has an understanding of the issues which can arise during large/complex public procurement processes.
He also works closely with a number of international clients in the data centre, IT, energy and telecoms sectors, supporting them as they seek to use technology to drive changes in their business or that of their customers. Ronald is particularly interested in the adoption of new technologies by regulated sectors and the opportunities that developments such as M2M, IoT and smart grids bring. Ronald has spoken at a number of events on these topics, both in the UK and abroad, and is actively involved in the international Sustainable, Smart Cities initiative by the Environmental Industries Commission (EIC) on.
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Stephen joined the Nichols Group in 1997 after 17 years with a major systems company working on big projects across Government, Finance and Games industries.
Since 1998 he has worked on many large rail infrastructure projects, including Jubilee Line Extension, West Coast Route Modernisation, ERTMS national programme, St Pancras International station, Crossrail, Manchester Metrolink, Jubilee Line signalling upgrade and as independent reporter for Network Rail/ORR. In the last five years Stephen has led independent reviews of major infrastructure projects and also critical finance sector programmes.
He led the independent assurance of Sir Peter Hendy review’s of Network Rail’s Control Period 5 in 2015, independent review of Account Switching readiness for Payments Council, independent market reviews for Network Rail of infrastructure, signalling and digital railway, management of consultancy support for the Hansford Review. The Hansford Review was commissioned as “an independent review of contest ability in the UK rail market" by the Network Rail board and the report was published in July 2017.
In 2018, Stephen has been leading market engagement exercises for DfT for both the Western and Southern rail links to Heathrow.