Alasdair Reisner has been appointed as the new Chair of the RISQS Committee.
RISQS is the Rail Industry Supplier Qualification Scheme, giving the industry’s 100-plus buyer members the assurance to do business with confidence with 4,000-plus supplier members.
The UK rail supply chain directly employs 125,000 people with the global rail market estimated to be worth £130billion.
RISQS provides suppliers with an open, fair and transparent way for them to be formally recognised as capable providers of products and services to the GB rail market, on a smart, quick, easy web-based platform. Suppliers can be audited once via RISQS for their capabilities avoiding the need for them to be subjected to multiple, duplicate auditing from different buyers.
Companies then have an efficient means of managing risk in their supply chains, and so improve both their safety and performance.
The scheme is managed by RSSB on behalf of the rail industry, who provide oversight, coordination and a team of dedicated specialists to provide the necessary industry interfaces, service provider delivery and coordination, and ongoing system improvements.
Alasdair is Chief Executive at the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA), which is the representative body for companies who work day-to-day to deliver, upgrade, and maintain the country’s infrastructure, and whose members are among the many key users of the scheme.
Alasdair brings over a decade of experience in the UK infrastructure sector, having first joined CECA as Head of External Affairs in 2008 before becoming chief executive in 2014. Prior to joining CECA, he was a journalist at a leading UK construction trade journal. Alasdair sits on the Infrastructure Client Group and Network Rail’s Commercial Directors Forum.
New RISQS chair Alasdair Reisner said: “I’m excited and honoured to chair the RISQS Committee. The scheme is recognised and supported by the whole rail industry as an ideal means of deriving assurance and managing supply chain risk. Obtaining this assurance is much harder to achieve without an industry-recognised scheme. Without it, companies would suffer duplicate auditing, unnecessary cost, and the potential aggravation and harm from risk left unchecked.
“I’m looking forward to building on the success of RISQS as we approach the end of the first year with new service providers, and supporting RSSB in realising future developments and improvements to the scheme.”