In his role, Robin is responsible for delivering market and supply chain stakeholder engagement across the HS2 project, with a specific focus on leading supply chain management for the HS2 Rolling Stock Programme. He engages with a wide range of stakeholders to provide market intelligence, communicate HS2 Ltd’s requirements, build relationships and ensure suppliers remain informed, engaged and ready to compete for contracts.
Previously, Robin worked in various supply chain, procurement and commercial roles at Transport for London and Crossrail. He is also National Co-Chair of G4C (Generation for Change), the young professional network of Constructing Excellence which champions the change agenda in construction.
At the UK Infrastructure Show, Robin will provide the audience with an overview of HS2, an update on its procurement programme, will explain what HS2 is looking for from its supply chain and how suppliers of all sizes can get ready to be part of Europe’s largest infrastructure project.
12.45 - 13.15
Balancing the Challenges of Huge Infrastructure Growth with Increasing Travel Demand
Director of Network Resilience, Transport for West Midlands
Anne Shaw has over 27 years working in local government in the UK. She is currently the Director of Network Resilience at Transport for West Midlands, the strategic transport advisor to the West Midlands Combined Authority. As a senior leader, Anne is experienced in developing transport policy, managing major transport capital investment projects, securing funding and coordination of the delivery of multi-agency programmes of work.
In her current role, Anne is responsible for coordinating the delivery programmes of HS2, Highways England and local authorities to minimise travel disruption. Her focus is on developing and delivering transport projects which support and grow the West Midlands economy by improving connectivity within the region and beyond, taking into account projected increases in infrastructure investment, passenger numbers and freight; ensuring growth can be achieved.
13.15 - 13.45
The Rail Sector Deal sets out a new partnership between government and industry. This presentation will provide a brief overview of the deal and specifically the work that Rail Forum Midlands (RFM) will be leading. The Midlands has been highlighted for two pilot programmes: one covering apprenticeships and schools engagement and the second aiming to drive SME growth through collaboration. RFM is responsible for leading these two pilots and this session will explain the plans, progress to date and next steps as the delivery phase gets underway
Elaine became Rail Forum General Manager at the beginning of 2016 having joined us from the National Skills Academy for Rail. She took up the new position of CEO in March 2019.
A Chartered Engineer, Elaine spent a number of years in the chemical industry before joining the power sector. She then spent 20 years in training and skills including as Managing Director of Empower Training Services a leading provider to the power sector growing the business from £1m to £7m turnover. Elaine leads the RFM team and is responsible for our strategy and delivery of the rail sector deal initiatives.
13.45 - 14.15
A discussion on the work being undertaken by Midlands Connect; to ensure long term growth along key corridors within our region is not constrained by a lack of transport infrastructure. Focusing on key projects such as the A46 and the A5, and our Rail Hub we will show how we are driving forward both the economic and strategic argument for investment.
Midlands Connect is the Sub-national Transport Body for the Midlands Region and has developed a long term transport strategy which identify the region’s priorities. Working with our partners we want long term continued transport investment in our area, to ensure regional growth, national success and to boost the work of the Midlands Engine.
Before joining PlanGrid in 2018, Amit has spent 9 years in the Property & Construction industry, primarily in Quality/Compliance but also digitising construction processes on projects through implementing construction software for 5 years at a U.K. Main Contractor. During his time in construction, Amit has worked on multiple projects across the U.K. of varying size, type, value and complexity.
Amit holds a masters degree in Property Development from Birmingham City University. He lives in Birmingham, the “Second-City of the U.K.”
14.45 - 15.15
Rebecca will talk about how HS2 is realising one of the strategic benefits of HS2 – skills, employment and education.
Rebecca joined HS2 as their Skills and Employment Strategy Manager, just over 2 years ago. Prior to joining HS2 she worked in Local Government and has 25 years’ experience of working in the field of economic development and regeneration. As the Skills and Employment Strategy Manager at HS2, Rebecca’s role is about realising the skills and employment benefits from the 20 year HS2 programme – Europe’s largest infrastructure project. She has responsibility for managing the skills, employment and education requirements set out in over 35 contracts. Currently she is designing a job brokerage service for the project, which will see job opportunities across the supply chain being brought closer to disadvantaged and under-represented groups, including those currently out of work. Rebecca is married with two daughters.