08:30  to  09:30
Morning Chair's opening remarks
09:30  to  09:40
George Bearfield. Director of Health, Safety and Cyber Security. Rock Rail.
RSSB Update: Update on new standards and how the industry has changed since 2020
09:40  to  10:00
  • An update on new standards and systems
  • Impact of Brexit and COVID-19 on creating new health and safety standards
  • Priorities and predictions for 2021 and beyond
Tom Lee. Director of Standards. RSSB.
ORR Update: Taking stock and looking ahead
10:00  to  10:20
  • The impact of new standards
  • Encouraging innovation in rail safety technology while maintaining current rail safety measures
  • Plans and support to improve and maintain railway safety
  • Insight on future regulations
Ian Prosser CBE. HM Chief Inspector of Railways and Director of Railway Safety. Office of Rail and Road.
Panel discussion: Evaluating the industry’s response to COVID-19: Key learnings to improve safety in the long term and re-build passenger confidence
10:20  to  11:05
  • Applying key learnings from COVID-19: the impact on future health and safety standards and systems 
  • Best practices for maintaining workforce and passenger safety 
  • Supporting staff and managing their wellbeing in a crisis – what additional controls are needed?
  • Rebuilding passenger confidence: what does it take to feel safe?
Ali Chegini. Director of System Safety & Health. RSSB.
Anthony Smith. Chief Executive. Transport Focus.
Kay Doyle. Director of Health and Safety. Irish Rail.
Lilli Matson. Chief Safety, Health and Environment Officer. Transport for London.
Networking and morning break
11:05  to  11:35
Network Rail update: Learning from the passenger train derailment near Carmont and latest strategy for preparing for extreme weather events
11:35  to  11:55
  • Response to passenger train derailment near Carmont 
  • Key lessons learnt from incident
  • Network Rail’s latest strategy for managing and mitigating the impact of future extreme weather events 
Allan Spence. Head of Public and Passenger Safety. Network Rail.
The Margam tragedy – wider learning for the rail industry
11:55  to  12:15
  • This session will reflect on the investigation into the death of two track workers at Margam in south Wales, and explore the wider applicability of the safety learning. 
  • It will focus on the organisational factors that were identified in the RAIB’s investigation, such as change management, corporate culture and management assurance. 
  • It will challenge organisations that were beyond the scope of RAIB’s recommendations to reflect on the learning from this tragic accident when reviewing the operation of their own safety management systems.
Simon French. Chief Inspector. Rail Accident Investigation Branch.
Panel discussion: How can we reduce the risk of derailments and minimise the impact of the damage they cause?
12:15  to  13:00
  • Identifying the most common causes of passenger and freight train derailments 
  • How can we ensure trains are fit for purpose? 
  • Encouraging transparency and the reporting of off network incidents 
  • Sharing good practice with relevant stakeholders 
Scott Condie. Head of Vehicle Performance and Safety. Alstom.
Colin Hayton. Head of Operational Safety. ScotRail.
Andrew Small. Principal Consultant. SNC-Lavalin.
Morning Chair's closing remarks
13:00  to  13:05
Networking lunch
13:05  to  14:00
Afternoon Chair's welcome
14:00  to  14:05
Peter Hughes. Principal Research Fellow at Department of Engineering and Technology & Member of Institute of Railway Research. University of Huddersfield.
Strengthening safety culture on the track, at worksites, open infrastructure sidings, and depots
14:05  to  14:25
  • Ensuring effective risk assessments are carried out 
  • The human and organisational factors that affect working practices on site
Justin Willet. Head of Safety, Environmental and Operational Standards. Govia Thameslink Railway.
Panel discussion: Identifying obstacles to workforce safety and how to create and maintain a culture of safety
14:25  to  15:10
  • Identifying the major challenges to a culture of safety 
  • Creating and maintaining a culture of safety: what strategies are in place and what more is needed?
  • Ensuring safety management assurance systems are effective
  • Considering different measures: leading indicators vs lagging indicators 
Stephen Watson. Principal. Arthur D. Little.
Professor Sarah Sharples. Professor of Human Factors. University of Nottingham.
Tim Sayer. Health, Safety, Security & Environment Director. West Midlands Trains.
Networking and afternoon break
15:10  to  15:40
Panel discussion: How do we engage and empower employees as jobs change and minimise the disruption of new technology?
15:40  to  16:25
  • How can new technology be introduced safely? 
  • What are the risks and opportunities? 
  • Measures in place to manage workforce wellbeing
  • An update on training schemes underway – opportunities for upskilling 
  • What further action is needed?
Gary Booton. Head of HSE. Hitachi Rail.
Ian Potter. Head of Operations Standards. MTR Elizabeth Line.
Chair’s closing remark
16:25  to  16:30
Close of conference and networking
16:30  to  17:00

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