Cliff is a career railwayman engineer who was with BR for 30 years, rising through the train engineering ranks where his significant achievement was the successful opening of the HST service and depot at Bristol.
He went on to become Director of T&RS for Network South East, then the founder staff member of Angel Trains. He was Managing Director of Thameslink for the two years leading up to its franchising in 1997. Post privatisation he led BR Research for AEA Technology, and has spent time in Ireland as Board member and Advisor for Iarnrod Eireann.
He has chaired the Railway Division, Institution of Mechanical Engineers, and Railway Engineers Forum. He is currently a trustee of the Railway Mission and judge of the National Rail Awards, where he says "we see the best of the best every year".
Managing Director (London) , Social Communications
Formerly lead spokesperson at HS2 Ltd and Media Director at High Speed 1. Ben was also Communications Director at London and Continental Railways.
Director of Transport Planning , TfL
Geoff Hobbs is head of transport planning for Transport for London covering London Underground, London Overground, Docklands Light Railway and trams. He is responsible for planning, development and justification of ideas to improve TfL’s rail networks. He also leads TfL’s input into the development of the National Rail network in London more widely, setting out TfL’s priorities for change. This is articulated in documents such as the London Plan, Mayor’s Transport Strategy and Infrastructure Plan 2050.
An economist by background, he has twenty year’s experience in public transport having previously worked in various strategic, marketing, policy and general management roles across Transport for London.
Rhianne is a Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education and provides skills and education support to Atkins Transportation. Having recently completed a PhD in systems engineering, Rhianne supports the development and delivery of systems engineering programmes for the railway industry. Rhianne is currently seconded to the UK’s new National College for High Speed Rail, where she is leading the development of its qualifications and apprenticeships.
HS2 Director , Alstom Transport
Born and raised in Stockholm, Sweden, Henrik spent 10 years with IBM on executive positions in Sales, Consultancy, Outsourcing and Management, which included Project Executive for setting up the road toll system around Stockholm (2004-2006). Henrik also spent 2 years in Paris for IBM Europe serving as Operations Executive for International deals, followed by a position as CEO for an international software company and, lastly, served as MD for Alstom Transport in the Nordics countries for 4 years. Henrik is chairman of the Board for Alstom Transport Sweden and as Norway, and joined Alstom UK in July 2015 as HS2 Director and is on the board of Alstom UK. He also serves as a Board member of High Speed Rail Industry Leaders.
Rail Sector Director , Taylor Woodrow
Fred Garner, a Fellow of both ICE and RICS is Director for Rail Projects at Taylor Woodrow, the civil engineering division of VINCI Construction UK. In a career spanning 30 years he has held key roles in many successful transport infrastructure projects including the Storebaelt bridge in Denmark, the reconstruction of the Underground Stations at King’s Cross/St Pancras, new depots for the Class 185 Trans-pennine fleet, the DLR 3 Car programme and the multi-award winning new concourse at King’s Cross. He is currently responsible for several of Taylor Woodrow’s high profile projects including the depot at Old Oak Common for the new Crossrail fleet, upgrading the Crossrail Western stations between Ealing and Maidenhead, and the four-tracking project at Filton Bank in Bristol.
Projects Director , Hitachi Rail Europe
Andy Rogers is responsible for ensuring the timely delivery of the company’s contractual obligations across all rolling stock, train control, signalling and maintenance projects. He moved into the rail industry as an experienced project manager in 2002 and joined Hitachi in 2012 as the IEP Project Manager. Andy is based in HRE’s head office in London and took responsibility for all of the company’s projects in 2014.
Project Consultant , National Skills Academy for Rail
Nigel has held the roles of Associate Dean and Deputy Chief Executive working in both the University and Further Education sectors. He was responsible for curriculum development, teaching and learning, apprenticeships, employer engagement and quality. He worked on the Crossrail project and now works with National Skills Academy for Rail on skills strategy, workforce and apprenticeship planning, industry promotion, standards and qualifications and quality assurance.