Radisson BLU, Glasgow
Date & Time
9am, March 26, 2019
10+ Professionals
500 Seats

About Rail: North of the Border Conference 2019


Following on from our successful Rail: North of the Border networking dinners, we are pleased to launch Rail: North of the Border Conference and Exhibition. This one event will bring together key stakeholders and the wider supply chain together to discuss Scotland’s latest rail priorities, with CP6 around the corner.

There’s much to focus on, including:

  • Delivering the best railway Scotland has ever had
  • The role High Speed Rail can play for Scotland
  • Delivery of major projects through CP6
  • Scotland’s station modernisation programme
  • Technology & Innovation
  • The opportunities derived from the Design Services Framework


This event will offer the supply chain an opportunity to showcase expertise, share knowledge and network with some of the most influential figures within the region.


  • High quality line up of speakers
  • Six 30 minute technical seminars
  • Exhibition stands in the networking zone
  • Post event drinks reception
  • Conference app to assist networking objectives
Rail NOTBC 2019 illustration

Our Speakers

Catherine Hall

Catherine Hall

Head of Strategic Planning (Network Rail, Scotland)
David Simpson

David Simpson

Operations Director (ScotRail)
John Campbell

John Campbell

Associate Director (Arup)
Michael Matheson

Michael Matheson

Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity (MSP)
Alex Hynes

Alex Hynes

Managing Director (Scotland’s Railway)
Andrew Haines

Andrew Haines

CEO (Network Rail)
Bill Reeve

Bill Reeve

Director of Rail (Transport Scotland)
Alan J Ross

Alan J Ross

Director for Route Sponsorship (Network Rail, Scotland)
Scott Kelley

Scott Kelley

Market Director (Strategic Rail) SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins
Tom Kelly

Tom Kelly

Strategic Director for stakeholder engagement (HS2 Ltd)
Anna Richardson

Anna Richardson

City Convener for Sustainability and Carbon Reduction
Robert Samson

Robert Samson

Senior Stakeholder Manager (Transport Focus)
Sam Smith

Sam Smith

Programme Manager (Borders Railway Blueprint)
Catherine Hall
Speaker Presentation
Transport Focus
Speaker Presentation
Arup Presentation
Speaker Presentation
Siemens Presentation
Speaker Presentation

Event Schedule

9:00 - 9:15
Ministerial Address


Michael Matheson

9:15 - 10:15
Session 1


Aligning Network Rail, Transport Scotland & ScotRail Alliance to create a single planning and delivery team for Scotland.


09.15 – 09.30 Andrew Haines, Network Rail
09.30 – 09.45 Team Scotland, Bill Reeve & Alex Hynes (Transport Scotland & ScotRail Alliance)
09.45 – 10.15 Panel Discussion – Andrew Haines, Bill Reeve & Alex Hynes

10:15 - 10:45
Refreshments & Networking
10:45 - 14:00
Session 2


Building for Success: Creating the best railway Scotland has ever had.


10.45 – 11.00 Headline Sponsor Address – SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins Business – Scott Kelley, Market Director Strategic Rail
11.00 – 11.15 The construction of Robroyston Station – Anna Richardson – Glasgow City Council
11.15 – 11.30 Where are we today. New trains, new services, hybrid train pilot – David Simpson, ScotRail
11.30 – 11.45 Improving internal connectivity – CP6 planning, work banks etc – Catherine Hall, Head of Strategic Planning, Network Rail
11.45 – 12.00 Delivering Success in the Borders - Sam Smith, Economic Development Programme Manager, Scottish Borders Council

12.00 – 12.30
Technical Seminars
12.30 – 13.30
Lunch & Networking
13.30 – 14.00
Technical Seminars
14:00 - 17:30
Session 3


Competitive Future


14.00 – 14.15 Headline Sponsor Address - Siemens Mobility - Campbell Braid
14.15 – 14.30 Arup - Dave Moran
14.30 – 15.10 Discussion – including:
Lawrence Shackman - Head of Rail Projects and Technical Services – Transport Scotland
Alan Ross – Director Route Sponsorship – Network Rail
Scott Kelley – Rail Market Director – SNC Lavalin Atkins
John Campbell - Associate Director - Arup
Campbell Braid, Project Director - Siemens
15.10 – 15.45 Afternoon Refreshments & Networking
15.45 – 16.00 Improving cross-border connectivity – Tom Kelly, Director of Supplier Engagement HS2 Ltd,
16.00 – 16.15 Making rail attractive and competitive for passengers – Robert Samson – Transport Focus

16.15 – 17.30
Post Event drinks reception

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