Na­tional Rail Con­fer­ence 2017 up­date

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Gold Spon­sor Pro­file

AS we watch one of the great­est periods of growth for new rolling stock de­liv­ery in the UK, along­side HS2 and the Dig­i­tal Rail­way, we need to en­sure we leave a legacy.

That is the mes­sage from Hi­tachi Rail Europe’s Head of Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment Jim

Brewin (above), who will take to the Na­tional Rail Con­fer­ence stage in Birm­ing­ham on June 15. Brewin says we need to ad­dress skills gaps, sup­port lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties, and in­volve peo­ple at all lev­els of a pro­gramme to en­cour­age col­lab­o­ra­tion.

We are de­lighted that Hi­tachi Rail Europe is a gold spon­sor for this year’s con­fer­ence.

Hi­tachi draws on many years of ex­pe­ri­ence as a sup­plier of high-speed trains such as the Shinkansen (bul­let train) for the Ja­panese and in­ter­na­tional mar­kets.

In Europe, Hi­tachi Rail Europe’s first rolling stock con­tract was to de­liver a fleet of 29 Class 395 trains (the first do­mes­tic high-speed train in the UK) for High Speed 1. The trains are main­tained at Hi­tachi’s de­pot in Ash­ford, Kent. THE es­tab­lish­ment of a new In­sti­tute for High Speed Rail En­gi­neer­ing at the Univer­sity of Leeds is set to bring added fo­cus to HS2 re­search. Pro­fes­sor Peter Wood­ward (right) joins chair­man of high speed rail en­gi­neer­ing, head­ing the new in­sti­tute.

He will be re­spon­si­ble for de­vel­op­ing the in­sti­tute at a time when the re­gion is work­ing to un­lock the po­ten­tial of the North­ern Pow­er­house and HS2. With a back­ground in geotech­ni­cal en­gi­neer­ing, the plan is to cre­ate a world-lead­ing re­search and in­no­va­tion hub with an em­pha­sis on train-track in­ter­ac­tion and in­fras­truc­ture sys­tems.

Wood­ward joins from He­riot-Watt Univer­sity, where he is cur­rently an in­dus­tryspon­sored pro­fes­sor of high speed rail. A dis­tin­guished re­searcher, he played a key role in de­vel­op­ing the poly­mer-based track sta­bil­i­sa­tion sys­tem known as XiTRACK, which has in­creased track speed and re­duced main­te­nance costs in a num­ber of rail net­works.

Wood­ward will take to the Na­tional Rail Con­fer­ence stage at the BCEC in Birm­ing­ham on June 15, to talk to del­e­gates about the new in­sti­tute at Leeds and the big­ger pic­ture of HS2’s role in the North and the UK.

Mow­bray will take to the NRC stage at Birm­ing­ham’s BCEC (near New Street sta­tion) on June 15 to ex­plain how the col­lege’s cur­ricu­lum will meet the skills need and how busi­nesses have sup­ported (and can sup­port) the col­lege.

Mow­bray was ap­pointed to her cur­rent po­si­tion in Septem­ber 2016, hav­ing joined HS2 Ltd in 2014 to lead on the de­vel­op­ment of the new col­lege, which has a cam­pus in Birm­ing­ham and also in Don­caster. She has been in­stru­men­tal in tak­ing the project from con­cept through to its cur­rent stage of de­vel­op­ment.

Prior to this, Mow­bray was in­volved in strate­gic plan­ning and de­vel­op­ment of ed­u­ca­tion of 14 to 19-year-olds, sup­port­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions through merg­ers and ad­vis­ing 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.

To hear Mow­bray talk about the new col­lege and to see a vir­tual tour of its in­te­rior, book your del­e­gate place now at

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