TransCityRail NORTH has been helping the supply chain unlock contract opportunities across the region through direct access to the leaders of the industry looking to partner with suppliers like you.

Network Rail's, Director, Industry Partnership for Digital Railway, Toufic Machnouk and his team are exhibiting to discuss the project in more detail with suppliers and identify opportunities where you and Network Rail can work together.

Book your ticket and gain exclusive access to leaders of industry from Network Rail, HS2, Train Operators and Majors Contractors awarding £billions in contracts across CP7 and beyond.

Registration / Breakfast / Networking / Exhibition

Grab your name badge, breakfast and start your networking early

Chris Nutton, Major Projects Director, Transpennine Express

Leading investment in trains and infrastructure development projects for the operator, Chris and his team work closely with Network Rail and Transport for the in the delivery of route electrification, ETCS and improved capacity and capability.

Martin Tugwell, Chief Executive, Transport for the North

Martin will set out how investment in the North’s transport system, and in particular investment in its railway offering, is essential to realising the potential of the North – both its economy and people. The evidence base assembled by Transport for the North sets out the size of the prize, as well as the scale of the challenge facing the North’s transport system. As Transport for the North finalises its updated Strategic Transport Plan, Martin will set out the opportunities that exist across the North to begin realising the North’s potential, and touch on how the working arrangements in the North create the opportunity to make progress with rail reform.

Dr James Beard, Technical Director for Social Outcomes, Mott MacDonald
"Delivering rail projects for customers and communities: Multiple routes to success”. This keynote will explore how the sector can use established tools to identify and maximise the social benefits of rail investments. It will highlight how social value can deliver for the rail sector workforce, and drive economic benefits for local communities.
Leaders Debate - Putting people at the heart of our railways in partnership with Mott MacDonald

Join leaders of Industry for an informative conversation and Q&A on how we can reframe our approach to deliver better outcomes for the NORTH.

Panellists Include:

  • Karen Heppenstall, Head of Rail, Midlands Connect
  • Tricia Williams, Chief Operating Officer, Northern Trains
  • Darren Oldham, Rail and Road Director, Transport for the North
  • Ken Norbury, Transportation Unit General Manager, Mott MacDonald
  • Jessica Patterson, Buildings & Cities Social Outcomes Lead, Mott MacDonald
Refreshments / Networking / Exhibition

Grab a coffee, mid morning snack and a fist full of business cards during the second networking opportunity of the day

Darren Oldham, Rail and Road Director, Transport for the North

The integration of rail and road as detailed in TfN's strategic plan is a central part of the investment strategy where world class transport supports sustainable economic growth, excellent quality of life and improved opportunities for all. What does this integration mean for the supply chain?

Leaders Debate - Collaborative working driving affordability and efficiency in partnership with Skanska

This panel will discuss how it is essential to work in a partnership to fully understand the needs of our customers, address their challenges and develop solutions that will deliver improvements for passengers and freight customers – at the right cost. In the current economic climate, it is more important than ever that every pound is spent wisely.

  • James Corker, Rail Sector Director, Skanska UK PLC
  • Paul Harwood, Programme Director, GBRTT
  • Elena Stebbings, Project Director, Mott MacDonald
  • Andrew Inskip, Senior Estimator, Severfield PLC

Neil Holm, Managing Director, Transpennine Route Upgrade

Neil brings the latest news on the multi-billion pound programme to deliver more frequent, faster, greener trains, running on a better, cleaner and more reliable railway for the North. The TRU is one of the largest infrastructure projects in the UK today working with a range of suppliers to return the best possible value for passengers. Listen to Neil share some key takeaways on safety, sustainability and innovation in what has been a big year for the programme.

Lunch / Networking / Exhibition

Grab your lunch, talk to the speakers about how you can help with their challenges and network with new customers.

James Webster, Director, Systems Integration, Atkins and, David Gordon, Principal Programme Sponsor, Trilink Programme, Network Rail

AtkinsRéalis are on a mission to ‘integrate industry like never before' to realise the full potential of our railway, achieving new levels of industry collaboration and innovation. Join James and David to hear about the new Trilink programme on the West Coast Main Line, where the goal is to maximise benefits for railway users from this ‘once in a lifetime’ multi-discipline renewals investment, whilst bringing industry together to overcome the significant challenge of delivering a high volume of work efficiently.
Leaders Debate - How can the rail industry collaborate to drive regional growth? In partnership with the West Coast Partnership
This panel session brings together a range of leaders to discuss how the rail sector can collaborate with regional economies to drive growth and increase productivity. Transport infrastructure plays a vital role in connecting people, businesses, and communities and the session aims to identify the role of rail in the transport mix.

  • Nick Smith, Regional Growth Manager, West Coast Partnership
  • Andrew Dixon, Head of High Speed Rail - Infrastructure Delivery & Development Programme, Manchester City Council
  • Simon Elliott, Head of Rail, Transport for Greater Manchester
  • Chris Coleman, Industry Programme Director, Network Rail

Farha Sheikh, Programme Director Infrastructure, Transpennine Route Upgrade, Rail Strategy & Services Group, DfT
Leaders Debate - 'Carbon Management Leadership - how are we meeting the challenges of leading Whole Life Carbon based decisions' - In partnership with ARUP

Arup shapes and delivers major rail projects globally and are key players in the North of England's rail investment strategy. Working with major contractors, Network Rail, HS2 and Transport for the North ARUP gives ARUP exclusive access to some of the key projects where demand for suppliers is at its highest. Join the team for a conversation around design, delivery and optimisation and learn how you can become an integral part of their supply chain.

  • Andy Belcham, Director, Arup
  • Anna Humphries, Head of Sustainability and Social Value, Network Rail
  • Sarah Jolliffe, Environmental Sustainability Business Partner, BAM

Last opportunity of the day to exchange contact details with key decision-makers so you can continue productive conversations with new customers even after the event is over.

Dawn Badminton-Capps, Head of Rail Partnerships, Transport for the North East
Dawn joined Transport North East in August 2023 as Head of Rail Partnerships. As a passionate passenger champion, she has been a leading voice for accessible and inclusive transport for all throughout her career, including in her previous role as England Director for Bus Users UK, where she chaired boards on several enhanced partnerships. Her role at Transport North East will see her oversee the further development of the North East Rail Management Unit and one of the North East’s Devolution flagship projects; the re-opening of the Leamside Line.
Toufic Machnouk, Director, Industry Partnership for Digital Railway, Network Rail

Toufic heads up an exciting, first of its kind and fully funded scheme that will deliver a higher performing and more productive railway, create a catalyst for the wider network in building the capability and learning for a more digital railway. This is huge opportunities for suppliers involved in AI, Tech and Digital Transformation to book your ticket and meet Toufic and his team who are also exhibiting specifically to meet with new suppliers.

Apprentice Panel - Apprentice Journey

  • Natasha Hibbert, Civil Engineer- Apprentice, Mott MacDonald
  • Niamh Mckeating, Apprentice Project Manager, Alstom
  • Talha Ashraf, Degree Apprentice, AtkinsRealis
  • Alice Smith, Sustainability Apprentice, Network Rail


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Dinner Agenda

Networking drinks reception
Keynote Speaker - Andy Burnham, Mayor, Greater Manchester

As the Greater Manchester Combined Authority portfolio lead for Transport, the Mayor has prioritised tackling congestion, reforming bus services, investing in world-class cycling and walking infrastructure and working with Transport for the North to improve rail services across the city-region.

Inspirational Speaker | Scotty Mills

Scotty Mills is the highest-ranking black officer in the history of the Royal Marines and led Britain’s Commandos around the world. He shares his lessons of leadership and resilience working as a performance coach in the world of elite sport and business. As an advisor to the FA, he worked closely with Gareth Southgate, Harry Kane, and the England Football Team to help them reach the World Cup semi-final.

Dinner & Networking

These times and invited speakers are subject to change without notice