Press release 4th October 2014

Meet the women who run our railways

Railfuture's annual conference, with an all-female platform of speakers from the very top of the rail industry, will be held on 1st November in London. "There's no shortage of women in very senior positions in the rail industry" said conference organiser Chris Fribbins "so the challenge for us was to narrow down our choice of speakers for the conference.”

“The railways have seen a rapid growth in recent years and more is expected in the future. How did the rail industry manage this, what are the future expectations and how will those challenges be met? – hence the theme of this year's conference: ‘On track for success, the challenges ahead’. "

In addition to video presentations from Baroness Kramer, Minister of State for Transport and Isabel Dedring, Deputy Chair of Transport for London, the conference will hear from Karen Boswell of East Coast, Fiona Dolman from Network Rail, Anna Matthews from Delta Rail, Sharon Hedges from Passenger Focus, Jenni Borg from the Department for Transport and Stefanie Browne from RAIL Magazine .

"It's one of a series of conferences Railfuture holds with senior representatives of the rail industry present.  You can hear exactly how they are tackling problems, how the industry works and how they are rising to the challenge.  But it's a two-way street - this also an opportunity to discuss issues and influence the rail industry."

The conference will see the presentation of the third annual Rail User Group awards, judged by Railfuture Vice-Presidents such as Adrian Shooter, Chris Green, Ian Brown, Roger Ford, and Barry Doe.  Railfuture's President Christian Wolmar will announce the winners and present the awards.

The conference will be held at the University of Westminster's Large Lecture Theatre.  Everyone is welcome to attend, and the conference fee is £35. Booking is online at www.railfuture.org.uk/conferences

Notes to editors:

The full list of speakers is:

  • Baroness Kramer, Minister of State for Tranport will pre-record a video address for Railfuture conference
  • Karen Boswell, Managing Director, East Coast - engaging with customers
  • Fiona Dolman, Head of Capacity Planning, Network Operations, Network Rail - Planning for Capacity
  • Anna Matthews, Chief Executive Officer, Delta Rail - faster horses?
  • Sharon Hedges, Rail Passenger Manager, Passenger Focus  - the passenger perspective
  • Jenni Borg, Head of Smart and Integrated Ticketing, Department for Transport - Smart ticketing
  • Stefanie Browne, News & Features Writer, RAIL Magazine  - The skills challenge
  • Isabel Dedring, Deputy Mayor for Transport & Deputy Chair of Transport for London  + Will open conference via a pre-recorded video

 Venue: University of Westminster

  • Room: Large Lecture Theatre
  • 115 New Cavendish Street, London
  • Postcode: W1W 6UW
  • Phone: (020) 7911 5000

 Places are still available - but bookings for this conference will close on 30/10/2014

  • £35.00 - Members  and Non-members
  • £60.00 - 2 People
  • Includes: Lunch and Conference Report

Railfuture is the UK's leading independent organisation campaigning for better rail services for both passengers and freight.

Railfuture's website can be found at: www.railfuture.org.uk

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For further information and comment please contact:

Chris Fribbins, conference organiser
e-mail: chris.fribbins at railfuture.org.uk
Tel: 01634 566256

Bruce Williamson, media spokesman
e-mail: media at railfuture.org.uk
Tel: 0117 927 2954 Mobile: 07759 557389