The address will examine how, as engineers, we need to make connections and networks across the industry; highlighting some catalysts that inspire step change, pushing us outside the boxes we may have created for ourselves.
The address will also look at what organisations such as the Railway Division of IMechE and the RTSA should focus on to broaden the horizons of engineers and engineering organisations as we move to meet the challenges we face on the journey to build and maintain our railways.
Chair, IMechE Railway Division and Head of Design - South East, Network Rail
James started his career in British Rail in 1992 as a Graduate Engineering Management Trainee. He subsequently spent a period of time at train maintenance depots in largely engineering management roles.
In September 2000 James moved to Railtrack, then Network Rail, working with Infrastructure and Rail Vehicle engineers and operations teams, giving him the ‘system’ approach to engineering that he has still has today.
James established the Network Certification Body (NCB), a Network Rail subsidiary business in 2011. As NCB’s Managing Director he led the business in providing independent engineering certification services to both infrastructure and rail vehicle projects.
Since 2018 James has been the Head of Design in the Southern Region of Network Rail, leading the large team of multi-discipline design and testing engineers that support rail infrastructure capital delivery projects.
Director of Irish Rail
Carolyn's career in the Rail industry spans from shop floor technician to Board Director. She has worked in heavy rail, metro and light rail; in engineering operations, manufacturing and establishing new rail systems both in the UK and overseas (living and working in Singapore, Sweden and Germany).
She is a Board member of Irish Rail and recent Board member of AES Engineering. Her last full time role was Chief Inspector of the Rail Accident Investigation Branch UK; she founded the organisation and lead its operations for 10 years, reporting to the Secretary of State for Transport.
She is a Board member of the Royal Academy of Engineering ; Past President and current member of Council for the IMechE and recent Board member of Engineering Council. She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Cranfield University in 2013 and Sheffield Hallam University in 2021.
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