Over the past six years Railway Strategies
, in association with the Rail Alliance has held a successful series of annual conferences, which have enabled important members of the railway supply chain to gather together to network, exchange best practice, learn about where the industry is going and examine what they do in a positive, apolitical manner.
The Railway Strategies supply chain conference
in 2012 is drawing on the themes that were raised at the 2011 event, when speaker Sir Roy McNulty provided some valuable insights into his ‘Rail Value for Money’ Study shortly before its publication. With investment in the rail industry continuing at encouraging levels, Railway Strategies
and the Rail Alliance believe that there is every reason to remain positive in 2012. The conference programme has the objectives of taking the ‘value for money’ theme forward and giving the supply chain a chance to hear from key stakeholders in the industry about how to unlock the real opportunities for everyone involved in the industry.
A key area that Sir Roy’s Study considered would deliver major savings was a focus on achieving best practice in supply chain management. Specifically, it called for more long-term planning in procurement decisions and better visibility of projected demand to reduce workload volatility; this could be achieved in part by suppliers and contractors being organised into incentivised strategic partnerships and having greater involvement at the specification stage. To underpin the envisaged programme of change there will need to be a programme of training and professional development at all levels throughout the industry. There should also be a review of the process by which new suppliers enter the supply chain, in an effort to minimise unnecessary barriers.
By implementing the recommendations of the Study, Sir Roy believes that the GB rail industry can achieve cost reductions of 30 per cent by 2018/19, which by his own admission will be ‘challenging’.
The speakers at Railway Strategies Live 2012
aim to address many of these challenges in their presentations. With confirmed spokespeople attending from The Rail Alliance, ATOC, PSL, the Office of Rail Regulation, UKTI, TBM Consulting Group, NSARE, Achilles and Network Rail, the content of 2012’s event will cover, among other areas, how Network Rail is responding and evolving since the McNulty Report was published, the role of TOCs in delivering Value For Money, Draft Determination on CP5, Improving Staff Competencies, the next generation of the UK Rail Supplier qualification scheme, Collaborative Working, and Expanding Overseas.
With over 2000 delegates attending since launch, Railway Strategies Live
does not present itself as a traditional static event, but more a content-rich learning opportunity, that targets forward-thinking, open-minded executives from within the rail sector who wish to share their own views on how working together ensures that the best ideas are brought to market and embraced by the target customer.Railway Strategies Live 2012
is already attracting interest from former delegates keen to secure repeat attendance. Again, there are a limited number of sponsorship/exhibiting opportunities to enable forward thinking businesses to expose their services and skill sets to the personnel attending this event who are in a position to take the industry forward and meet the challenges ahead. Agenda08:15 – 09:30
Registration and Exhibition viewing
09:30 – 09:40
Conference Opening – Colin Flack – Chief Executive, Rail Alliance
9:40 – 10:10
Michael Roberts – CEO, ATOC
The role of Train Operating Companies in delivering better value for money
10:10 – 10:40 TBC
10:40 – 11:10
Richard Price – CEO, ORR
Draft Determination on CP5
11:10 – 11:30
Coffee / Exhibition Viewing
11:30 – 12:00
Simon Law – Senior Management Consultant, TBM12:00 – 12:30
Richard O’Brien – Route Managing Director, Wessex
How Network Rail is responding and evolving since the McNulty report was published12:30 – 13:30
Lunch and Exhibition viewing
13:30 – 14:00
Gil Howarth – CEO, NSARE (National Skills Academy for Railway Engineering)
Improving Staff Competencies14:00 – 14:30
Annette Poehl – Director Rail and Transport, Achilles
The next generation of the UK rail supplier qualification scheme14:30 – 14:50
Coffee Break and Exhibition viewing14:50 – 15:20
Dr Robin Singleton, Associate Director, PSL
Collaborative Working (BS11000)15:20 – 15:50
Steve O’Leary, Director, UKTI
The UKTI services available to companies who wish to expand their business overseas15:50 – 16:00
Conference summary and Close – Colin FlackGuest SpeakersColin Flack, Chief Executive - Rail Alliance
Colin Flack is the Chief Executive of the Rail Alliance, a position that he has held since its formation in September 2007. He has a wealth of experience in the rail industry, based on running a successful rail logistics and engineering business of his own; as well as that gained from his current role in keeping abreast of the issues faced by over 250 member companies. After a distinguished career in the Army, Colin left the Services in 2004 and began two start-up companies within the rail industry. He has also previously been a long-standing member of the Rail Freight Group management board. Colin sees his role primarily as acting as a conduit for networking, both within the group and in a wider industry, and acting as a voice
for all the members.Michael Roberts, Chief Executive - ATOC
Michael Roberts joined ATOC as Chief Executive on 21st April 2008. Michael previously worked at the CBI, where he was Director of Business Environment from 2000. He and his team were responsible for developing and promoting the views of CBI members on transport, land use planning, environment, energy and health & safety. Michael was also a long standing member of the Commission for Integrated Transport (CfIT) and he was a Non-Executive Director of The Carbon Trust 2001-2008. Before moving to the CBI, Michael worked for political consultants Decision Makers. He was a member of the Decision Makers team which won the PR Week award for best political campaign in 1991.Session content:
The McNulty Review said that all industry players have a role in delivering better value for money and highlighted that much of the potential additional effort needed by 2018 rested with train operating companies. The presentation will set out the views of operators on the scale of savings possible, the areas where TOCs can contribute to rail VfM and the decisions needed to help unlock the contribution which they can make.Richard Price, Chief Executive - Office of Rail Regulation
Richard Price joined the Civil Service after gaining his MSc in Economics in 1989. He then spent four years at HM Treasury, before leaving to work as a consultant for NERA Economic Consulting. In 1997 he returned to the Treasury before moving to the Home Office. Most recently he has worked at Defra in the dual posts of Chief Economist and Director of Corporate Performance, where he led a group of 230 staff. At Defra, Richard designed and implemented major changes in Defra’s organisation, delivery and strategy. He therefore has an enviable background – regulation; advising Government at the highest levels; private sector; and spearheading transformational change.Session content:
To be confirmedSimon Law, Senior Management Consultant - TBM Consulting Group
Simon Law is a former manufacturing leader of the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Corporation and brings a wealth of experience from the home of lean to TBM. Working as leader of a team responsible for delivery of 600 vehicle bodies per shift to two assembly plants for 11 years, Simon formed an in-depth knowledge of the Toyota Production System. Simon specialises in shopfloor and middle management culture change.Through his energetic approach he motivates and instils confidence in teams to take on dramatic change. With his direct approach he is adept at coaching first line and middle management in creating a change in culture.Session content:
To be confirmedRichard O’Brien, Route Managing Director - Wessex
Richard O’Brien was appointed Route Managing Director for Wessex in May 2011. Richard is accountable for the strategic direction and service delivery for rail services to the South West of London and has led the business to record levels of safety and punctuality. A degree qualified Civil Engineer, Richard has worked both in the UK and in Africa. He joined the UK rail industry over a decade ago, with previous roles including general manager and head of planning and industry performance.
In his session, Richard O’Brien will discuss how Network Rail has been responding since the Rail Value For Money Report was published, how Network Rail is evolving as a company and Network Rail‘s engagement with suppliers and contractors.Gil Howarth, CEO - NSARE (National Skills Academy for Railway Engineering)
Born in Manchester, after graduating from the University of Sheffield with an honours degree in Chemical Engineering, Gil Howarth joined British Nuclear Fuels (BNFL) at Sellafield where he worked for 14 years, mainly in project management. He successfully managed a number of radioactive waste management projects, for which he won the first British Construction Industry Award.
In 1989, Gil joined British Rail as Project Director for the Channel Tunnel Rail Link (CTRL; now High Speed 1). In 1992 he was appointed Managing Director of Union Railways Limited, the company formed to take the project into the private sector. At the onset of privatisation of the railways, he was appointed Director, Major Projects of Railtrack Plc. Gil left Railtrack in 1998 to form his own management company, and has since worked on railway projects in the UK, Europe, North Africa and the Far East. In 2006, he was awarded the President’s Medal by the Institution of Civil Engineers. He is a Colonel in the Engineering & Logistics Staff Corps, a civilian unit of the Royal Engineers. In 2009, Gil co-founded NSARE with Pete Waterman and is currently Chief Executive and Company Secretary of NSARE Limited.Session content:
The National Skills Academy for Railway Engineering (NSARE) was approved by Government in 2010 and ‘opened for business’ in February 2011.With a pan-industry Board of Directors, NSARE is a ‘not for profit’ company, owned by 100+ Member organisations. It has grown rapidly and its products and services include:
- Skills forecasting to meet the industry’s investment and maintenance requirements
- Industry promotion within schools, colleges and universities
- Development of Standards & Qualifications including apprenticeships
- Continuous professional development of individuals in conjunction with the Professional Engineering Institutions
- Accreditation and inspection of training providers; organisations and individuals
- Provision of a ‘training directory’ of accredited organisations and courses
- Development of a National Competency Database to enable individuals to own a portable ‘skills passport’
These are encompassed in ‘Apprenticeship to Fellowship’ – Skills Strategy for the Railway Engineering Sector, which was approved by the NSARE board in February 2012 and submitted to Government as the basis for improving the skills base of the sector. This strategy, together with the progress that has been made, will be presented for discussion.Annette Poehl, Director of the Rail and Transport Sector - Achilles in the UK
Annette Poehl is in charge of the overall service delivery to more than 110 buying and 3500 supplier organisations that are members of the rail scheme Link-up. Link-up is the UK rail supplier qualification scheme that comprises information collection, validation and monitoring. As part of Link-up more than 1400 suppliers are audited every year.
Annette manages a team of Account Managers and functional teams within the matrix organisation that are ensuring the optimal service provision. It is also her responsibility to develop the strategy for the scheme going forward.
Before taking responsibility for the Rail and Transport sector Annette has been with Achilles as Group Strategy Manager and previously worked as a Programme Director at SAP, managing development, implementation and reorganisation projects across Europe, USA, South Africa and Mexico.
Annette has 11 years of working experience in different countries. She holds an MBA from INSEAD, is a certified Project Management Professional and studied Business Administration at the University of Applied Studies in Stuttgart, Germany, in collaboration with Daimler.Session content:
Link-up version 3: A sneak preview towards the new generation of sustainable supplier qualification. Over the last year, the Achilles Link-up team has worked intensely with buyers and suppliers from across the sector to define the next generation of the UK rail supplier qualification scheme. The key fundamentals of supplier pre-qualification, assurance and risk prevention have not changed, yet with greater collaboration the teams have re-defined the way to assess suppliers’ capabilities – creating a scheme that will be ‘by the industry, for the industry’.
Dr Robin Singleton - Associate Director, PSL
Dr Robin Singleton has been a business leader with large and small companies for over 20 years, working across a number of sectors. His roles have included managing director, strategy director, commercial director and regional director. Robin has worked in over 25 countries and he has extensive experience in leading the development of businesses, including starting and transforming companies, negotiating and executing major contracts, developing strategy and creating partnerships with customers and suppliers. Robin runs his own consultancy
business, Accord Partners, and is also an Associate Director at PSL, the not-for-profit organisation formed by CBI/BIS to promote collaborative working between Government and industry.Session content:
Two Major Developments – are they bringing radical change to the rail sector? The presentation opens by identifying the Two Major Developments aimed at bringing radical change to the rail sector – the McNulty Report and the new British Standard on Collaborative Business Relationships (BS 11000). It then outlines the expectations of McNulty for the increased use of collaborative working to generate beneficial improvements in the rail sector. Detail is provided on the purpose, content and application of BS 11000 as a strategic framework for collaborative working. Emphasis is given to developing the right skills, behaviours and culture, as well as the necessary management processes, to improve business performance.Having set the scene, the presentation then examines a number of case studies where
BS 11000 has been deployed in the sector over the past year. It reports on the successes achieved and the challenges encountered in each case study. The presentation concludes with clear lessons learned for other players in the sector wishing to use BS 11000 to help bring about the radical changes in the rail sector as expected by the McNulty Report.
Steve O’Leary, Director, Infrastructure and Low Carbon in Sectors Group - UK Trade & Investment (UKTI)
At UKTI Steve O’Leary is responsible for: High Value Opportunities Scheme (matching major overseas trade opportunities to UK based suppliers); international low carbon strategy; trade development opportunities for: environment and water infrastructure; construction; sports and leisure; transport infrastructure. Steve has worked in UKTI since 2001 on inward investment, including in R&D, and on
specific trade opportunities. Previously Steve was Acting Director of the Modernising Public Services Group, Cabinet Office. He has a BA (Hons) from (now) Portsmouth University and Diploma in Management Studies from (now) John Moores University, and an OBE.Session content:
Introduction to UKTI, (Who we are, what we do: Government Dept, parents BIS/FCO, charged with promoting trade and investment, HQ in London divided geographically and sectorally, services delivered through regional offices and by commercial sections overseas).
Relevance to McNulty (How to improve VfM through exports? Increase efficiency of rail supply chain through exposure to foreign competition; global benchmarking; improve competitiveness by absorbing new ideas; exporting can help iron out the peaks and troughs of UK procurement)
What UKTI is doing in rail (Rail sector based in London, Rail Int. Trade Advisors (ITAs) in E. & W. Midlands and S. Yorks, rail-knowledgeable Commercial Officers in various markets; close links with stakeholders, particularly Rail Alliance (event main sponsor), but also RIA and DDRF. Outward/Inward missions, scoping reports, conferences, exhibitions)
Priority Markets (list them, discuss High Value Opportunities, but also activity taking place in other markets, e.g, Poland, France, major exhibitions: Trako and Innotrans)
Examples of UKTI services and how to access them (Passport to Export scheme, Overseas Market Information Service (OMIS), ITAs, Embassies, UKTI Sectors