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Dinner at the Roundhouse

Thursday October 17, 2019

The rail industry’s favourite networking event!

With over 500 guests from across the industry, Dinner at the Roundhouse is the UK’s flagship railway networking event –celebrating the achievements of this fast-moving sector in the magnificent surroundings of the 1839 Derby Roundhouse.

For 2019 we have yet another outstanding roster of inspiring keynote speakers and entertainment, led by Chris Barrie as our host for the evening.

With a passion for both railways and heavy engineering, Chris is known to millions as Arnold – or sometimes ‘Ace’ – Rimmer in the long-running cult sci-fi sitcom Red Dwarf. But who can also forget his role as Gordon Brittas, the hapless leisure centre manager in The Brittas Empire, or as Angelina Jolie’s butler Hillary in the blockbuster Tomb Raider films? A gifted mimic and regular on Spitting Image, he was also once shortlisted to become Dr Who!

This October we will also be joined by two of the most influential people in today’s railway industry.

Mike Brown MVO is Commissioner of Transport for London, the man in charge of the world’s largest transport authority with some 11 million passenger journeys each day. Mike has had a distinguished 30-year career in the industry and continues to be responsible for the continuing transformation of the UK’s capital’s Underground network as well as supervising the London Overground, Docklands Light Railway, and London Trams.

Joining Mike is Andrew Barr, the new Group CEO of Hitachi Rail. Andrew took up his new role in April 2019, joining a global leader in the rail industry with a presence in 30 countries. Andrew began his career in the rail sector in 1990 with London Underground, and has held senior positions with GNER, Bombardier Transportation and the Strategic Rail Authority, before joining Hitachi in 2005.

In his time with the company he has held the positions of Head of Maintenance Delivery and later COO at Hitachi Rail Europe, before being appointed CEO of the global business, Hitachi Rail STS, based in Italy.

Always a sell-out event, the Dinner at the Roundhouse audience includes many of the UK’s major transport decision-makers, including Government ministers, local and national politicians, manufacturers, passenger and freight operators, rolling stock leasing companies, construction companies, consultants and suppliers.

It is the tradition that our keynote speakers are drawn from the very highest calibre of the profession, as well as icons of sport, television, film and adventure – recent honoured guests have included:

Phil Hufton – Managing Director and Chairman, Bombardier Transportation UK
Andy Milner – CEO, Amey
Charles “Wick” Moorman – CEO, Amtrak
Laurent Troger – Former CEO, Bombardier Transportation
Andrew Wolstenholme OBE – Former CEO of Crossrail
Sir Brian Souter – Founder and Chairman of Stagecoach
Adrian Shooter CBE – Chief Executive, Vivarail
Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson – 16-time Paralympic medallist, author and TV personality
Brian Blessed – Writer, explorer, film star and television personality
Sir Ranulph Fiennes – Explorer, fundraiser and author
John Motson – Legendary football commentator, author and journalist

This event has proudly helped to raise over £130,000 to date for a variety of charities, proving the astonishing generosity that exists within the railway sector and its incredible power to drive change and help those in need locally, nationally and around the world. Our charity for 2019 is the Derbyshire-based Padley Group.

Now in its ninth successful year – if you work in the rail industry, can you afford not to be there?

For our photo gallery from last year’s event click here


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