The Conference at Rolling Stock Networking

We are delighted to announce that will host a high-profile conference at this year’s inaugural Rolling Stock Networking (RSN) event in Derby.

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What will the conference involve?

The conference will feature five leading industry professionals who will share their knowledge, experiences and innovative working practices during five short sessions throughout the day. 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 include panel discussions and Q&A sessions. It will give delegates and exhibitors the opportunity to learn about projects, innovations, successes and real-life railway experiences that will help their businesses to grow and prosper – all delivered in’s simple but impactful style, which has become synonymous with our unique approach.


Where and when is it?

The event is at Derby Arena, Royal Way, Derby, DE24 8JB, between 09:30 and 15:30 on Thursday 11th July 2019. Booking is essential.

Announced Speakers will announce new speakers in the coming weeks and they will be listed here:

Maggie Simpson – Director General at the Rail Freight Group

Since joining in 2005, she has been leading 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. Previously Maggie worked in a range of passenger and freight roles at the Strategic Rail Authority and OPRAF, including freight strategy development, and franchise management. She has also worked in consultancy.

Hein van der Schoot – Stadler Rail’s Managing Director for USA, UK and NL

Hein started at Stadler Rail 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. A general manager with a background in finance, he has worked in various industries, including Via Corus (steel), Nuon (utilities) and Citadel Industries (manufacturing). Stadler Rail provides a comprehensive range of products within the heavy and urban transport sectors, including high-speed, intercity, regional and commuter heavy rail trains, underground trains, tram-trains and trams.

Stadler also build main-line locomotives, shunting locomotives and passenger carriages, and are the world’s leading manufacturer in the rack-and-pinion rail vehicle industry.

During his presentation at the conference, Hein will give an overview of the Stadler Group, with particular emphasis on the UK market, including the four ‘live’ projects in its portfolio. Hein will also discuss Stadler’s diversification into this area of business.

Karl Watts – Chief Executive Officer of Rail Operations (UK) Limited

Karl has 40 years’ experience of developing and managing passenger and freight operations and is currently leading the development of Traxion and Orion. In his role, Karl is also leading the development and procurement of class 769 ‘FreightFlex’ tri-mode units and a fleet of class 93 mixed-traffic locomotives – the UK’s first Hybrid locomotive fleet. Rail Operations UK is the parent company of the Rail Operations group (ROG) – the UKs most innovative train operating company, dedicated to the rolling stock manufacturing, engineering and leasing sectors. ROG handle new fleet deliveries, new fleet testing, commissioning and fault free running, provision of signal protection zones, fleet transfers and cascade programmes.

The firm also deals with fleet movements for refurbishment and modification programmes and fleet storage.

During the conference, Karl will discuss ROG’s presence in the UK rail industry’s supply chain as a provider of specialist train operating services in support of the rolling stock manufacturing, engineering and leasing sectors.