Leading rail professionals to speak at major rail networking event

Leading industry professionals will be sharing their knowledge, experiences and innovative working practices at the high-profile Rolling Stock Networking (RSN) event next week.

Thousands of people are expected to attend the free event on Thursday 11th July, with 130 companies showcasing at the Derby Arena.

As well as the exhibitors, the event will be complemented by the railbusinessdaily.com conference, which aims to inspire and inform companies, enabling them to benefit from record levels of investment in the sector.

Keven Parker, Lead Sponsor of RSN, said: “The conference will feature leading industry professionals offering a whole range of experiences to help companies to flourish.

“With speakers drawn from train operating companies, freight operators and the broader rail industry, the presenters and topics will undoubtedly have something of interest to showcase for all delegates.

“The conference will give delegates and exhibitors the chance to learn about projects, innovations, successes and real-life railway experiences that will help businesses to grow and prosper.

“The event is truly inclusive and gives companies of all sizes active in the passenger and freight rolling stock sector an unmissable opportunity to meet customers, specifiers and suppliers, to learn from industry leading speakers and to engage and network.”

An insight into the eight speakers

Maggie Simpson: Director General at the Rail Freight Group. In the last 14 years she has been leading the work to ensure that Government and rail industry policy is supportive to a growth of rail freight and that member companies of the Group have the opportunity to participate fully in the sector.

Hein van der Schoot: Stadler Rail’s Managing Director for the USA, UK and NL. He started at the company in 2013 and under his stewardship, SRS NL won every maintenance contract for regional operators it bid for. Over the last few years, Hein – who is based in the Netherlands – has focused predominantly on UK projects in Glasgow, Norwich, Liverpool and Cardiff. He will give an overview of the Stadler Group, with an emphasis on the UK market.

Adrian Shooter: Vivarail’s Chief Executive. Vivarail’s Chief Executive. A Chartered Mechanical Engineer, Adrian has worked in the rail industry for 40 years and has specified and procured several types of trains for British Rail, Chiltern Railways and London Overground. He will be discussing emission-free trains and fast charging for the UK market and will reveal information about the battery train Vivarail has built.

Karl Watts: Chief Executive Officer of Rail Operations (UK) Limited. Karl has four decades of experience of developing and managing passenger and freight operations and is currently leading the development of Traxion and Orion. In his role, he is also leading the development and procurement of class 769 ‘FreightFlex’ tri-mode units and a fleet of class 93 mixed-traffic locomotives. He will discuss the Rail Operations Groups presence in the UK rail industry’s supply chain.

Craig Purcell: Chief Executive Officer at Fenix Rail Systems. Craig started his career in signalling design for British Rail, progressing through the signalling engineering disciplines. He currently has responsibility for overseeing the day-to-day running of Fenix, managing his team, developing strategy and building a sustainable future for his business. At the conference he will discuss 21st century depot control and what can be done to locate efficiencies in depot operations to reduce delays. He’ll also discuss the Tie-Fenlock system.

Ravi Taheem: Sourcing Director at CAF. Ravi has spent several years working within the UK and wider European rail and infrastructure sectors affording him significant industry insight at varying levels. He has held mission critical positions of responsibility and shaped commercial policy across major areas of spend represented by critical systems and services. At the conference he will give an introduction into CAF Rolling Stock in the UK, delivering an overview of its current UK operations and localisation policy around direct and indirect goods and services.

Cath Bellamy: Managing Director at Vintage Trains. The former British Rail graduate trainee was MD of the Chiltern Railways franchise until 2007, then went on to run open access operator Hull Trains and support the Department for Transport and major industry suppliers in several major transport related projects. In her current role as MD at VTL, Cath has been tasked with setting up a main line steam company and helping to make sure steam has a future on the main line for years to come. At the Rolling Stock Networking event she will talk on how a future can be secured for main line steam.


Barry Tan: Vehicle Dynamics Engineer, Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB). Barry’s current role involves the development of Railway Standards, Euronorms and ISO documents. He also sits on steering groups for research and development projects as a technical specialist – including the research on passenger seat comfort. At the conference he will discuss the work that RSSB is doing with key stakeholders to improve winter preparation for rolling stock, infrastructure and operations.

The whole event features 130 exhibitors, eight leading speakers, three trade events, a grand opening by the Lord Mayor of Derby and the chance to win a prize worth over £900 at the Railway Children Stand.

For more information and to register to get FREE ENTRY register in advance at www.rsnevents.co.uk