Rail Safety Summit 2022

Speakers

The speakers that will be appearing at this year's event

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.

 

Speakers confirmed for 2022 so far:-

 

Andrew Hall

Andrew Hall

RAIB, Chief Inspector

Andrew has been with the Branch since its inception in 2004, was Deputy Chief Inspector from 2015 and was appointed Chief Inspector in 2022.

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His railway career before RAIB included a number of design and project engineering roles in the UK and overseas.

Andrew is a graduate of Leeds University, a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

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Colin Wheeler

Rail Media, Civil Engineer / RailStaff Writer and Your Host

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James Le Grice

James Le Grice

Department for Transport (DfT), Head of Rail Safety and Standards

James Le Grice joined the DfT in February 2018 as a Railway Standards Policy Advisor.

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He worked on the EU Exit preparations for the UK’s rail technical standards regime, and represented UK interests on the European Commission’s Railway Interoperability and Safety Committee.

He then became Head of Rail Supply Chain Policy, leading on the Department’s strategic policies towards the rail supply industry.

Since July 2022, James has been Head of Rail Safety and Standards, leading the team responsible for rail safety, interoperability and standards reform.

Prior to his time in Government, James was a public affairs consultant working for clients in the transport, pharmaceutical and engineering sectors.

He has also worked for politicians in both the UK Parliament and United States Congress.

James studied History at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and University College London.

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John Jebson

John Jebson

McGinley, OHSE Director

John is a Chartered Health and Safety Practitioner (CMIOSH) who has worked in construction and railway industries for over 30 years, he is an Associate Member of IEMA (AIEMA) and working towards practitioner status (PIEMA).

Marian Kelly

Marian Kelly

London Underground, Head of SHE

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Nick Millington

Nick Millington

Network Rail, Safety Task Force Director

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Peter Dearman  CEng FPWI FIET FIMechE

Peter Dearman CEng FPWI FIET FIMechE

Dearman Engineering, Independent Consultant (Former Engineering Director, Atkins)

Peter Dearman is a qualified Electrical and Mechanical Rail Engineer with a background in traction electrification.

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He began his career at British Rail in 1970 and has extensive experience in rail engineering and operations.

Peter has held senior and varied roles within BR, Railtrack and Network Rail and in private sector contractors and consultancies.

In 2009 he was responsible for defining the Network Electrification Plan for Network Rail which included the National Electrification Safety Improvement Programme.

He has been instrumental in delivery of electric traction projects in UK, France, Denmark, New Zealand and Dubai, and continues to support international clients.

In 2022/23 he will hold the role of President of the PWI, the Institution

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Prof Sarah Sharples

Prof Sarah Sharples

Nottingham University, Professor of Human Factors

Professor Sarah Sharples is Chief Scientific Adviser for the Department for Transport.

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She is a Professor of Human Factors in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Nottingham and from 2018-2021 was Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Equality, Diversity & Inclusion and People. She has led research in transport, manufacturing and healthcare, and currently leads the EPSRC (Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council) Connected Everything Network Plus.

She founded and co-director of the EPSRC Horizon Centre for Doctoral Training, and has led research programmes examining implementation of new technologies in rail, highways and aviation.

She was President of the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors from 2015-16.

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Rupert Lown

Rupert Lown

Network Rail, Chief Health & Safety Officer

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