RSG hosts Spring Reception to discuss rail sector deal and say goodbye to key individuals

The RSG has introduced its new chair to a number of key stakeholders at its Spring Reception in the London Transport Museum.

Philip Hoare will take over from Gordon Wakeford, who, with a team of dedicated individuals, led the Rail Sector Deal delivery over the last two and a half years.

Over the last 19 months the industry has worked extremely hard, collaborating closely with Government departments, key stakeholders (including Network Rail) and the supply sector; from train operating companies and OEMs through to the smallest of SMEs and trade associations including RIA, Rail Alliance, Rail Forum Midlands as well as NSAR and UKRRIN. Together, it has delivered a deal which will boost productivity, innovation and skills – including driving apprenticeships in the industry to bridge the skills gap.

Through a speech by Sir Peter Hendy, the Spring Reception was also an opportunity to thank Gordon for his service to the RSG, as well as say goodbye to David Waboso, who has led a Network Rail team to bring the Digital Railway to reality. David is retiring from his role and was presented with a railway sign to thank him for his efforts.

The new RSG structure was also clarified, including its priorities in the coming months and how businesses can support essential pillars of work coming up.

Stakeholders were also given the opportunity to thank Anna Delvecchio for her work on the Rail Sector Deal after it was announced that she would be stepping down from her role as Programme Director. To thank her for her work, Anna was presented with a plaque that is in the London Transport Museum. Anna will be replaced by Neil Ridley.

David McLoughlin, founder of, said: “The Spring Reception was a great opportunity to thank key individuals for the pivotal roles they have played to drive the rail industry to where it is today. Collaboration and change is essential in helping the rail industry to thrive and it is clear that this is what the RSG is setting out to achieve.

“We look forward to seeing the great work continued under Philip Hoare and Neil Ridley’s tenure – building from the strong foundations which have already been laid.”