Armouries, Leeds
Date & Time
9:00am Oct 20, 2022
5+ Professionals
450 Seats

About Rail North: 2022

We are pleased to be hosting the next instalment of Rail North at the Royal Armouries Hotel, Leeds on 20 October 2022.

We will be bringing key figureheads from the north to discuss the region’s ongoing priorities, including:

  • Transport for the North’s vision for strategic transport improvements and the role rail will play in this
  • Existing opportunities within the current framework
  • Key objectives to be delivered beyond CP6
  • Meeting our decarbonising goals, through improvements to rolling stock and through electrification
  • A full understanding of the TRU programme, featuring


  1. 1. The social impact from the investment
  2. 2. The sustainability benefits
  3. 3. Importance of new routes to build sustainable communities
  4. 4. The importance of continued innovation


With panel discussions, presentations and specialist seminars the event will be full of insights into levelling up the region and what steps are needed to address the North-South divide. The day will also give the supply chain an opportunity to re-connect with decision-makers and help re-enforce your commercial credentials to one of the UK’s most exciting projects.

GCRE – Ensuring successful project delivery

A Financial Contribution Towards New Transport Infrastructure

The Transpennine Route Upgrade



Our Speakers

Simon Middleton

Simon Middleton

Regional Rail Director - AECOM
Martin Tugwell

Martin Tugwell

CEO, Transport for the North
David Lawrance

David Lawrance

Head of Engineering, Network Rail
Peter Cole

Peter Cole

Principal Environmental and Sustainability Officer, TftN
David Shepherd

David Shepherd

Strategic Director Growth and Regeneration Kirklees Council
Rob Warnes

Rob Warnes

Performance and Planning Director – Northern Railway
Anne Parkes

Anne Parkes

Associate – Social Value, Arup
Hannah Lomas

Hannah Lomas

Principal Programme Sponsor, Network Rail
Jim Bell

Jim Bell

Director, Arup
Kelly Warburton

Kelly Warburton

Chief Commercial Officer, GCRE
David Maddison

David Maddison

Deputy Chair, RIA North
Chris Nutton

Chris Nutton

Major Projects Director, TransPennine Express
Natalie Hewitt

Natalie Hewitt

Senior Sponsor, Network Rail
Neil Holm

Neil Holm

Programme Director - Network Rail
Lucy Jacques

Lucy Jacques

Acting Head of Policy & Strategy at Transport - TfN
Tricia Williams

Tricia Williams

Chief Operating Officer - Northern

Event Schedule


08.00 – 09.10 – Registration and Networking

09.10 – 09.15 – Chair Welcome
09.15 – 09.25 – Martin Tugwell – Chief Executive, Transport for the North
09.25 – 10.10 – Panel discussion – Title: Delivering CP7 – collaboration, efficiency and making the case for Rail
With the industry’s focus shifting to CP7, how do we ensure that our voice is heard when making the case for funding, and deliver best value for money?
  1. Lucy Jacques – Head of Policy - TfN
  2. Tricia Williams, Chief Operating Officer – Northern
  3. Simon Middleton – Regional Director - AECOM
  4. David Maddison – Deputy Chair – RIA North

10.10 – 10.25 – Kelly Warburton, Chief Commercial Officer, GCRE
10.25 – 10.40 – George Hazel – Director – E-Rail Ltd
10.40 – 11.25 – Refreshments and Networking
11.25 – 12.05 – Panel Discussion – Decarbonising the North
  1. Peter Cole – Principal Environmental and Sustainability Officer – Confirmed
  2. Rob Warnes – Planning Director, Northern – confirmed

  3. 12.05 – 12.50 – Panel Discussion with Arup - ‘How should we be making long-lasting Social Value for Huddersfield?’
    1. Jim Bell – Director, Arup (Huddersfield)
    2. Anne Parks – Associate, Arup (Social Value)
    3. David Shepherd - Kirklees Council
    4. Neil Holm – Programme Director, Network Rail

    12.50 – 13.20 – Technical Seminar – Gary Warner, HS1 Client Delivery Manager - UK Power Networks Services
    13.20 – 14.20 – Lunch and Networking
    Keynote presentations and panel discussions focusing on the TRU
    Presentations on TRU programme:
    14.20 – 14.30 – Neil Holm, programme director, Network Rail
    14.30 – 14.40 – Hannah Lomas, principal programme sponsor Network Rail
    14.40 – 14.50 – Anna Humphries, head of sustainability Network Rail
    14.50 – 15.00 – David Lawrence, head of engineering Network Rail
    15.00 – 15.20 – panel discussion, featuring the above
    15.20 – 15.30 - Chris Nutton, Major Projects Director, TransPennine Express
    15.30 – 15.40 – James Nutter, Rail Manager West Yorkshire Combined Authority
    15.40 – 15.50 - Natalie Hewitt, senior sponsor Network Rail and Graham Meiklejohn, head of regional development, TransPennine Express
    15.50 – 16.00– Maggie Simpson, director general, Rail Freight Group
    16.00 – 16.20 – panel discussion, featuring the above
    16.20 – 17.00 post event drinks reception

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