WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Meet Senior Decision Makers From
- U.K. Rail Operators
- European Rail Operators
- Global Rail Operators
With The Following Job Titles:
COOs, VPs, Directors, Managers, Team Leads & Chiefs Of...
- Rolling Stock
- Asset Management
- State Of Good Repair
- Equipment Maintenance
- High Speed Rail
- Revenue Equipment
Kyle LauChief of Engineering
Kyle Lau is railway professional with more than 20 years experience in the fields of maintenance and system design. He possess with both local and overseas experience in railway industry including Sweden, Hong Kong and Mainland China. He is now working as Chief of Engineering in Beijing MTR to manage operations engineering for 5 lines in Beijing.
Thierry FortRolling Stock Engingeering Director
He joined SNCF Rolling Stock division (SNCF Voyageurs) in January 2016 as Rolling Stock Engineering Director. He has 34 years design & engineering experience in Railway Domain (Freight & passengers traffic, Urban, Conventional and High Speed lines). He has a wide expertise in Rolling Stock, Railway Infrastructure and signaling & telecoms systems. He has been involved all along his career in numerous projects in France but also in many countries worldwide but more specifically in UK, Germany, Greece, Italy, Spain, Algeria, USA, Brazil, Australia and Asia (China, Singapore, and India). He is managing currently a team of 1870 engineers located on 17 sites in France. Focused on all rolling stocks operated by SNCF group, he is in charge of new rolling stocks procurement, engineering activities for renewal or upgrade of existing rolling stocks, maintenance engineering including components or sub-systems repair design, testing and commissioning ( tests on benches or trial on sites), R&D and normalization / standardization (European and International) for Rolling Stock and on-board signaling.
John DoughtyEngineering Director
London North Eastern Railway
Having started as a craft apprentice, John has 32 years of experience in the rail industry in numerous roles including maintenance depots servicing a variety of rolling stock and was Fleet Manager throughout the introduction of the Pendolino on the West Coast Main Line. John worked in rolling stock leasing for a number of years including on the re-power and refurbishment of the High-Speed Train fleet in the 2000s. Later John worked in franchise bidding including the winning bid for Intercity East Coast. John joined Virgin Trains East Coast (now LNER) as Engineering Director in early 2016 leading the in-house refresh and reliability growth of the existing fleet, working around depot enabling works, safety & staff engagement improvements followed by transfer of more than 500 people in the Engineering organisation to Hitachi in late 2018, negotiating the fleet maintenance contract and restructuring the Engineering business. John was the Director responsible for the project to implement the new Azuma trains into service through 2019 and 2020 and managing the cascade of the HST/IC225 fleets, delivering additional capacity, increasing service frequency and improving reliability to the LNER operation
Paul StaplesFleet Director
Paul Staples has been TPE’s Fleet Director since 2012. After training as a mechanical engineer, Paul’s early career was in process plant design and project management in the car manufacturing industry. He joined the rail industry in 2001 as a safety case manager with Alstom Transport, before joining TransPennine Express as Fleet Commercial Manager in 2003, just before the initial launch of the new franchise. Paul’s experience and track record combines extensive general and railway engineering capability with great experience of the commercial relationships and approaches associated with delivery of sub-contract maintenance partnerships. He specialises in aligning those partnerships and his teams work with the operational safety, performance and quality requirements of the railway, and the business environment within which it must operate.
Ian RawlingsHead of Profession - Vehicle
Transport for London
Ian Rawlings is Head of Profession for Vehicles Engineering at Transport for London. Ian and his team provide the engineering support to all the rail modes at TfL including London Trams, DLR and LU. With over 20 experience in the organisation across a variety of operational and project roles Ian brings a unique perspective to the industry. TfL currently operates a variety of service provision models which includes in and out sourcing a wide variety of activities. As part of the Rolling Stock Guiding Mind at TfL and involved in both new rolling Stock procurement projects underway at TfL Ian is helping set the direction for the next 25 years as part of TfLs strategic asset plan.
Pat McNamaraHead Of Production
He joined Eurostar’s International Rolling stock department in 1997 as an Engineering Management Trainee whilst based at North Pole Depot. During his 25 years within the rail industry he has held many front line delivery roles including Engineering Team Leader, Shift Leader, Service Delivery Manager, Shift Production Manager, Production Performance Manager, Production Manager, and since 2018 has been Head of Production at the Eurostar Engineering Centre Temple Mills depot in Leyton, responsible for around 300 staff and their output. Notable milestones include overnight re-location of the London depot in 2007, mid-life refurbishment of the 373 TMST fleet, introduction of the Siemens 374 Velaro including depot modifications, embedding a new TSSSA contract into depot BAU, shop floor recruitment supporting the development of staff and building high performing teams, successful set up and introduction of heavy overhaul at Temple Mills, and maintaining Trade Union stakeholder engagement through collective consultation and bargaining.
Darren WiltshireFleet Director
Steve WhiteHead of Major Contracts
Experienced Engineering Contracts Manager with a demonstrable history of working in the transportation/railway industry. Skilled in Contract Negotiation, Rolling Stock Engineering, Contract Management, and Project Delivery. Strong engineering professional, Chartered Engineer, Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers with a degree in Engineering Science from the University of Oxford.
Naoyuki (Nick) UenoGeneral Manager
Central Japan Railway Company
Nick has a long career working as an engineer of Shinkansen trains. He has been involved in developing and maintaining Shinkansen since he started his career as a Shinkansen driver in 1996. Nick also has experience working as a researcher in the UK railway industry for one year.
Dr Deepak TripathiChief Mechanical Engineer
An Indian Railway Service (IRSME) officer with three decades of experience in the Railway Industry in Railway Logistics Operations & Maintenance; Manufacturing, Product & Vendor Development, Quality Assurance and Supply Chain Management for Rolling Stocks; Infrastructure & Technology Projects Management; Business Development including International Business.
Made special contributions towards induction of Rolling Stock Technologies; Design, Construction and Management of Rolling Stock Workshops and Depots; Steering Technology Projects including Industry 4.0 and Digital Technologies and O&M Technology Transfer. Created new business streams in rolling stock Infrastructure and O&M including international business.
A keen learner, researcher and trainer with doctoral and postgraduate qualifications specializing in Operations, Quality and Lean Management. Authored Books, Research Papers in International Journals & Conferences, conducted Workshops & Seminars and Field Projects. Developed and Promoted new technologies for the Rolling Stock Industry.
Recipient of awards both at National and International levels, such as ‘Minster of Railways Award for Outstanding Services,’ ‘Best Innovative Idea of the Year Award’ by Minister of Railways for a patented ‘Way Side Rolling Stock Condition Monitoring System;’ nomination for ‘Eminent Engineer Award’ by Engineering Council of India; ‘Outstanding Author Award’ by Emerald Publications, U.K, Lal Bahadur Shastri Award for the book “Smart Lean Management’
Neil O'ConnorHead of Fleet Performance
Govia Thameslink Railway
A Chartered Railway Engineer with a Batchelors degree in railway systems Engineering and Accredited mini MBA. Currently the Fleet Planning and Performance Manager (Head of Fleet Control) at Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) accountable for fleet delivery of over 4000 train services daily formed of circa 500 units of mixed fleets and the management of maintenance planning for the entire fleet of over 2500 coaches of rolling stock.
Has held numerous senior roles within the rail industry and delivered multi-stakeholder projects for the fleet asset management function at both regional and national level over a 30 year career.
- Head of Fleet Performance at SWR responsible for the asset stewardship of a £2 billion fleet portfolio.
- Fleet Depot Manager at Wimbledon responsible for the delivery of the metro train service fleets maintenance and repair on South Western.
- South West Trains Fleet Technical Manager responsible for asset reliability growth for the Metro Fleets.
- Network Rail Senior Rail Vehicle Interface Engineer responsible for a national team of vehicle/infrastructure interface specialists supporting both commercial and technical fields.
- Siemens transportation Fleet Maintenance Shift Supervisor and author of maintenance regimes and star charts
- Southeastern Railway Fleet Skilled Service Technician
- British Railways Engineering Apprentice
Justin SouthcombeCommercial Director
Justin joined Perpetuum (now Hitachi Rail) in March 2014 as Commercial Director. He was
previously with Alstom Transport where he held senior international roles in tendering, strategy and
operations in the rolling stock and infrastructure business units.
He launched Alstom’s remote condition monitoring service, TrainTracer, in 2008 while Strategy
Director and secured a multi-million£ R&D programme to develop the service further. Since joining
Perpetuum he has secured contracts in the UK, Australia, the Far East and on the Continent while
extending the application of the Hitachi technology to track, gearboxes and traction motors through
a holistic bogie-system strategy built on robust vibration analytics.
Justin holds a BEng in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Surrey (UK), an MBA from
INSEAD (FR), is a chartered engineer with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and has completed
the course on Artificial Intelligence in business at MIT (USA).
Chris WelfordPrincipal Engineering Leader - Vehicles
Transport For London
Chris’s experience and knowledge includes; Rolling Stock Engineering & Assurance, Operational Safety Risk Management, Asset Management & Reporting Systems (Maximo & Axiom), Condition Monitoring, Train Data Systems (on-train & wayside), Engineering Management, business process improvements, change management, business case development, commercial procurement, & maximising value from technical support contracts.
Sergio BarcenaDirector of Operations Planning and Maintenance
Sergio Barcena, Director of Operations Planning and Maintenance in Ouigo Spain has 20+ years’ experience in high speed trains operations and maintenance across Europe. After graduation in Aeronautics Engineer, Sergio initiated his professional experience in the energy sector as power generation commissioning engineer with General Electric in South East Asia before moving to the railway sector within SNCF Group in France in procurement, commissioning and operation of high speed rolling stock from 1999 to 2010.
After a 9 years in Eurostar in London, ultimately as Rolling Stock Director, Sergio moved to Madrid in 2019 to launch the operations of OUIGO Spain, a railway company created by SNCF from scratch to offer a high-speed services. Since introduction of the operations in Spain on 10th May 2021, we have experienced outstanding performance with over a 1m passengers.
Sergio is passionate about railways operations and continuously engage with employees, customers, suppliers and partners in the digitalization of the operations that transform how processes, systems, contracts and organization are shaped for higher efficiency and greater customer experience.
Paolo MasiniHead of Rolling Stock Technology and System Engineering
Joao GrossinhoTechnical Director
Menno de GlopperHead of Operations
Please let me introduce myself, my name is Menno de Glopper from Amsterdam the Netherlands. I’m working at GVB for over twelve years now in various positions within infra and rollingstock maintenance. Currently I’m the Head of Operations and responsible for three workshops for rollingstock maintenance, supply chain and a project department. The focus of my work is performance enhancement for rolling stock in operation. In the metro network GVB has started the operations of a new line L52 after many years of construction. In this project I was responsible for the delivery of the metro vehicles to this new line. Due to intensive testing and root cause analysis the performance became very trustworthy, with limited down time for our customers / travelers. After the successful start of L52 the focus was on the rest of the metro network churching for performance enhancement by fifty percent. The rest of the network uses a variety of metro vehicles, which differ in age and technology. The latest metro is of Alstom on the platform Metropolis and has good access to operating data. I was responsible for the program to enhance the performance of the metro fleet by 50%. By using various of inputs, mostly operating data, we have been able to boost the performance and more than reached our goals. The use of the operating data has given use a much more detailed information to perform a good root cause analysis. The digitalization of the vehicles starts a new era for rolling stock maintenance and brings many possibilities for employees and exploitation.
Sam BusseySales Director
Sam joined Instrumentel in June 2018 from Unipart Rail having worked as the Sales and
Project Manager of the Supply Chain Solutions business. Sam has worked as a Lean
Practitioner for multiple rail organisations in different countries to optimise operations and
deliver value for customers. With an in-depth knowledge of maintenance and supply chain
operations in the rail industry, Sam is able to tailor solutions to meet the needs of customers.
Muthu ThiagarajanPerformance Improvement Manager
Transport for London
A self-motivated, confident and creative professional with proven experience in the field of RCM (Reliability Centred Maintenance), prognostics, condition monitoring and optimization techniques.
Jared HoagDepot Manager
London North Eastern Railway
Currently working as Depot Manager for LNER responsible for all aspects of depot.
Worked as an Engineering Manager for Stagecoach Bus in North Scotland, responsible for all aspects of managing the maintenance and repair of the buses including regulatory requirements.
Moved to Scotland in 2018 and before that I was a director of Operations for Cummins Pacific in Redding, CA since November of 2011.
I learned project management while working in that position in working with fleets and sales managers to assist with getting them compliant with California emissions laws through installing diesel exhaust retrofits.
After 8 months the opportunity was presented to me to take on the Redding branch. Responsible for all aspects of branch operations, hiring, cost management, inventory, technicians, and supervisory staff.
The branch achieved high profitability in 2012 and record profits in 2013. 2014 achieved target profits after merger of Cummins West and Cummins Cal Pacific in 2013, creating Cummins Pacific.
Had no lost time or light duty incidents since 2012. Have overseen upgrades and remodels of branch since 2012, with major changes and upgrades currently happening in 2015.
2015: Six Sigma green belt in training with current project focused on improving productivity of the branch.
2015: Generator fundamentals training.
2011: Acclivus Sales Training - Sales training, focusing on building relationships of trust with customers, problem finding, solving, negotiation, and sale resistance resolution.
2009: Allison Factory Trained - Diagnosis and repair of 1000-4000 series transmissions
2007: DAF Electrical Factory Trained - Diagnosis and repair of DAF Electrical Systems, bumper to bumper
2003: Kenworth HVAC Factory Trained - Diagnosis and repair of Heating and Air conditioning for Kenworth systems, including electrical repair.
Gerald SchinaglManager, Digital Innovation
Gerald started his career in the media-field, programming software to deal with the archiving of multimedia data and advanced to the role of an enterprise architect in the Aviation industry. A main project was the introduction of the collaborative decision making process and connecting IT-Tools & Analytics for Vienna International Airport. At the Austrian Federal Railway (ÖBB) Gerald works in the field of innovation and prototyping, specializing in data in its various aspects. This includes Data Science, Predictive Analytics and Cognitive Analysis and Blockchain for various business segments in the ÖBB - Group. The department of Digital Innovations (branded DIGI@ttack) he is co-heading was established in July 2017 and is responsible for operational digitalization across the group, to drive the company towards the goal of a digital railway.
Werner KurfessSenior Project Manager
Werner Kurfess Dr. sc. agr., Senior Project Manager, born 1966. After general qualification for university entrance and a commercial apprenticeship studying agricultural engineering and PhD thesis at the University of Stuttgart-Hohenheim. Working for SBB since 2000 as a senior project manager. Key projects: rebuilding and introducing flexible office for 600 SBB-IT-employees, SBB video surveillance organization, workshops and depots for modular maintenance and for modernization of interurban trains, planning and realization of new workshop for the modular heavy maintenance of electric multiple units, restructuring buildings and infrastructure for the workshop in Yverdon, support in planning new competence centers for car body repair and refits, portfolio manager of depots and workshops. Consultant for fire protection topics in the interaction between rolling stock and infrastructure facilities. Senior project manager for regulations in the area of catenary systems an earthing and return line in corporation and data networks with the Swiss Public Transport Association.
Philippe De LaharpeProject Manager for Telediagnostics
Philippe’s job is to support, promote and develop maintenance and service offerings based on (remote) train data, especially fleet monitoring, maintenance advice and predictive maintenance. He also focuses on the new opportunities coming from machine learning, computer vision and other AI techniques.
After working in various maintenance workshops, Philippe spent 10 years at Agence d’Essai Ferroviaire (French Railways test lab for Rolling Stock). He was in charge of the support & measurement systems division and also of R&D supervision.
Philippe graduated from Ecole Polytechnique and ENSTA (ParisTech).
Simon JarrettEngineering Assurance Manager
Simon is a Chartered Engineer who has spent the last 24 years working on UK railways. Simon has worked for Chiltern Railways for 17 years and is currently Engineering Assurance & Development Manager responsible for compliance of the fleet & engineering operation and the introduction of new technology. Simon has previously worked in roles including technical management and depot management. Simon worked for Angel Trains and London Underground before joining Chiltern Railways.
Philipp SandheiglSenior Sales Manager, Group Leader Railway Applications
Philipp Sandheigl studied economics and has 20 years of experience in international business. In the last 10 years, he has worked for NEXTSENSE in various positions in the railroad sector. During this time, the CALIPRI measurement equipment has been established as the standard gauge for wheelset measurements around the world. In his current position at NEXTSENSE as team leader of the rail sales team, he is responsible for global sales activities.
Staffan IngvanderProject Manager
MTR Nordic Group
Staffan Ingvander has been with MTR since 2009 and has held various positions within depot management and project management. Staffan has been responsible for the introduction of a Bombardier Movia C30 Fleet in the Stockholm Metro and the start of a new maintenance depot including recruiting, training and set up of spare parts logistics and IT-system. For the last two years Staffan has shifted focus towards business development work and has been responsible for the maintenance side of MTR’s winning bid and mobilization of a nine-year contract for operating and maintaining Mälartågen. Mälartågen is a reginal train service in eastern Sweden around Stockholm. The operation is performed with a fleet of 53 Stadler Kiss and 9 Bombardier Regina vehicles who are maintained in a depot located in Eskilstuna. Staffan’s areas of expertise is within introduction of vehicles, depot management, project management, business development and bid work.
Bob SpadaforaSenior Executive Officer – Rail Fleet Services
Los Angeles Metro
Bob has worked in transit industry for over 33 years with extensive knowledge in rail vehicle engineering, design, operations and maintenance. Bob has a bachelors Engineering degree in Electrical Engineering. He has had the honor and privilege to have worked for some of the transit industries finest equipment manufacturers/car builders (Morrison-Knudsen, Siemens Transportation Systems), transit consultants (Parsons-Brinkerhoff, Parsons, International Aviation Consultants) and transit agencies (NYCT, BSDA, MARTA, LA Metro) gaining a very diverse and unique transportation perspective. Couple this with specific experience with rail vehicle manufacturing, engineering/design, testing/commissioning, systems integration/acceptance, start-up/revenue service operations and vehicle maintenance makes Bob an extremely valuable player to have on your transit team. Bob’s continues to push new and better ways to move the transit industry forward by promoting new technologies and ideas.
Some of his major Rail Transit accomplishments include:
- Member of the NYCT Door Task Force – solved fleet-wide door switch problem
- Major contributor to the NYTA Vehicle Overhauls – R32, R42 and R46 cars
- Development and Acceptance of new and overhaul car procurements for NYCT, BSDA, MARTA, HJAIA, Valley Metro, MBTA, Houston Metro and LA Metro
- Major contributor to the Reliability Center Maintenance program for MARTA and LA Metro.
- Start-up LRT System in St. Louis, MO including setting up a transit ride for President Bill Clinton.
- Testing, Commissioning and Acceptance of heavy and light rail vehicles
- Development of heavy and light rail Operations & Maintenance plans
- Start-up LRT line in St. Louis for the Bi-State Development Agency
- Start-up LRTs and Expansions Projects for Expo, Crenshaw, Red and Gold Lines for LA Metro
Steven CervelloInnovation and Design Manager
In Lucchini RS Steven manages the company innovation process and coordinates the wheelset Design and R&D teams. He has participated as inventor in 8 patents and developed technical competences in various fields related to railway wheelsets:
Structural fatigue testing
Rolling contact fatigue
Crack propagation models
Optimization of maintenance plans
Monitoring of wheelset in service loads and vibration
Solutions to reduce the noise emission from wheels
He is an active member of international working groups like CEN-WG11 and UNIFE-ERWA.
He has participated and managed various European R&D projects collaborating with many railway companies, research centers and Universities.
Javier De la CruzManaging Director
CAF Digital Solutions
Industrial engineer at Zaragoza University (Spain) and automotive engineering at Université de Technologie de Compiègne (France). He started working in the automotive sector for Renault and IDIADA but in 2004 entered the railway sector as North America and ROW Operation Manager for CAF. From 2012 to present he has been Engineering Director for CAF Rail Services being highest responsible for Digital Train LeadMind, RAMLCC and Maintenance engineering divisions.
Due to his experience and continuous formation (Artificial Intelligence: Implications for Business Strategy (MIT Sloan School of Management), Digital Transformation Management (IE Business School), Big Data and Business (Deusto Business School) he was chosen by CAF Board of Directors to lead the Digital Transformation of the company.
Antti ToivanenProject Manager
Metropolitan Area Transport Ltd, Helsinki
I am part of a small thunderous Depot project Team who is responsible for building the new depots for Metropolitan area in Finland. There is currently two depots under construction and two depos that are in design phase. My personal area of responsibility includes i.a depot operation planning and technical and functional determination of the production equipment and systems. My job is to make sure that maintenance and repair units working in the new depots will be able to do their job efficient, safe and with joy. My job is to make sure that the new depots are adaptable, agile, modern and more.
Majed AlhumaidRSM Asset Engineer
Saudi Railway Company
Gareth TuckerProfessor of Railway Systems Engineering
Institute of Railway Research
Gareth Tucker is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers with 19 years experience in the Rail Industry. Gareth is a Professor of Railway Systems Engineering at the Institute (IRR) of Railway Research in the University of Huddersfield where he carries out research and consultancy work in the fields of vehicle-track interaction, systems engineering and rolling stock maintenance. In his carrier so far Gareth has a broad experience of the rail industry having previously worked at RSSB, Network Rail, Interfleet Technology and London Underground. Gareth us currently leading the development of the Smart Rolling Stock Maintenance Research facility at the IRR, which is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF); the facility focuses on research into: use of robotics for train maintenance, servicing and overhaul; RCM and prognostics for improved maintenance efficiency; depot operations optimisation through improved work flow planning.
Adam BevanProfessor of Railway Systems Engineering
Institute of Railway Research
Following the completion of his PhD in 2004, Adam joined the Rail Technology Unit at Manchester Metropolitan University. During his time at the Rail Technology Unit, Adam built up a wide range of expertise and knowledge in the field of wheel-rail interface engineering, vehicle dynamics simulation and vehicle-track interaction. This specialist knowledge has been applied to a large number of research projects for key industry stakeholders into the causes, prediction and mitigation of rail and wheel damage. Adam joined the University of Huddersfield in July 2012 where he is currently Professor of Railway Systems Engineering and Head of Enterprise for the Institute of Railway Research. Over the last few years he has further extended his research interests into a number of emerging areas including; Remote Condition Monitoring, Smart Maintenance and New Materials. Adam is a Chartered Mechanical Engineering and a fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
AGENDA AT A GLANCE
Evaluate The Potential To Reduce Cost & Allocate Resources More Effectively To Optimise Asset Utilisation & Service Delivery
DAY 1 – SMARTER COST REDUCTION STRATEGIES, ADOPTING NEW TECHNOLOGY AND IMPLEMENTING MORE EFFICIENT WORKING METHODS
- Improving Cost Base Efficiency & Optimising Whole Life Cycle Management Saving Money, Optimising Asset Utilisation & Managing Realistic Expectations On What New Technology Innovation Can Actually Deliver
- Optimising Both New & Legacy Fleets Rolling Stock Maintenance Adopting New Technology And Improve Cost Base Efficiencies
- Demonstrating How Adopting The Latest Technologies Can Result In A Net Reduction In The Amount Of Money It Costs To Run & Maintain Your Trains
- Qualified Manpower Skill Development & Competency Management For The 21ST Century, Digitally Enabled Maintenance Regimes, Leading The Workforce To Deliver Reliable, Robust Value From New Technology
DAY 2 – IN HOUSE V. OUTSOURCING - OBSOLESCENCE HANDLING & SUPPLY CHAIN SPARE PARTS MANAGEMENT
- Gain Insight Into The Economics Of “Train As A Service” Business Models & Whether Outsourcing Over In-House Maintenance Is A More Cost Competitive Solution
- Ensuring Spare Part Availability And Supplier Support For Components And Subsystems Throughout The Entire Rolling Stock Lifecycle
- Managing Obsolescence For Electronics, Software, Hardware Components & Subsystems
- Delivering The Most Resource Efficient Solution Maximising The Value Of Your Rolling Stock Assets Over The Entire Lifecycle
- Managing Productivity Improvements Through New Practices and Technology
DAY 3 - DEPOT OPTIMISATION - IMPROVING WORKSHOP EFFICIENCY, IMPLEMENTING CHANGE AND PREPARING FOR AUTOMATION AND NEW FLEET INTRODUCTION
- Automating Prioritisation And Assignment Of Maintenance Tasks For Decreased Downtime
- Managing Changes to Depot Facilities to Accommodate Future Rolling Stock
- Managing And Justifying Investment In Depot Facilities