Rail Alliance Events

Our forthcoming events and partner collaborations

Rail Alliance Events

Our forthcoming events and partner collaborations

Please see below for details of upcoming networking events, workshops, trade fairs and training courses.

The Rail Alliance is constantly on the road to ensure maximum outreach.  As well as running our own hugely popular networking sessions we are also running a range of workshops, training courses and supporting a variety of collaborative events, a summary of which is detailed below.

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Rail Alliance Members’ Networking events

Places are booking up quickly for our next networking event – if you haven’t already reserved your place please do as soon as possible.  This particular session will be relevant to you if you wish to better understand the role of the RSSB and the importance of RISQS – the industry’s national supplier qualification scheme.

Theme: First Time Approvals
Date: Tuesday September 13th, from 10am to 3pm
Location: The Quadrant, Elder Gate, Milton Keynes MK9 1EN (map)
Hosted by: Network Certification Body

Running as an iteration of the July theme, but focussing specifically on the process, importance and challenges of the infrastructure approvals we will welcome back to the stage the RSSB, alongside The Network Certification Body, our hosts for the day. The Network Certification Body is a subsidiary company of Network Rail Infrastructure Limited, providing Rail Vehicle and Infrastructure certification services to UK and European railway projects.

Places to this event will be strictly limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

We are very excited be running September’s networking event out of the Quadrant, home to Network Certification Body (NCB) and Network Rail.
This will be an informative and interactive session, and will be invaluable to any members wishing to understand the facets of product approval and the various stakeholders of that theme.
We are delighted to be able to confirm the following speakers:
• Stuart Gough, Head of Sales & Marketing, Network Certification Body
• Roger Moore, Senior Product Acceptance Specialist, Network Rail
• Pete Colley, Head of Supplier Assurance, RSSB
• Richard Sharp, Scheme Manager, RISQS

Product Approval Clinics
Following the above presentations and the networking lunch all delegates will be invited to speak on a 1-2-1 basis with Network Rail’s product acceptance team. A number of specialists will be on hand to speak with attendees to answer questions specific to your product or service. Registration for these appointments will be made on arrival. Naturally representatives of NCB, RSSB and RISQS will also be happy to take questions from delegates.

Please be aware that Milton Keynes is a railway town! We request that all delegates travel by train wherever possible; the Quadrant is a very short walk from the Milton Keynes Central station. If you need to drive to event please leave plenty of time to find a parking space – we will provide you with a map of all car parks on booking.
Places to this event will be strictly limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment. Due to this we reserve the right to limit places to one person per company and/or give priority to Rail Alliance members. If you reserve a place and are unable to attend please do let us know so that we can allocate to anyone on a waiting list.

1000 Event open and registration

1030 Stuart Gough, NCB, Welcome to the venue
1035 Rail Alliance update, members’ show and tell

1115 Networking coffee break

1140 Stuart tbc for NCB
1200 Roger Moore, Senior Product Acceptance Specialist, Safety, Technical & Engineering, Network Rail
1220 Pete Colley, Head of Supplier Assurance, RSSB
1240 Richard Sharp, RISQS Scheme Manager

1300 Closing comments + Q&A

1310 Networking lunch

1400 Event close

Further themes for 2016:

  • October: Opportunities in Infrastructure
  • November: Education the Supply Chain in Rolling Stock
  • December: Members Only Christmas Networking lunch

Have we addressed all the issues and areas that interest you?  Probably not yet.  If you would like to suggest a theme, location or even wish to be considered to host or sponsor any of our future events please let us know.  We are already looking at 2017’s events and would love to have as much input as possible from our members.  The members networking events are run by us, for you.

Rail Infrastructure Networking – a new suite of events launches in September

The Rail Alliance is delighted to be supporting a newly launched networking group, Rail Infrastructure Networking.

The first of these quarterly sessions will be held on the 8th September at: the studio, Cannon St., Birmingham, B2 5EP and will travel around the country.  Full details via http://www.rinevents.co.uk/

Trade Shows and Future dates for your diary

In the wake of Rail Live we are gearing up for yet more trade shows!


First up comes InnoTrans, the focal-point for the Rail Industry and arguable the world’s largest rail sector trade fair. It will not surprise you that the Rail Alliance is doing something different this time…. We will be in residence at the show in Hall 2.2. stand 206G and on this occasion we will be concentrating on handing over the space to our members and we will be doing this in two cost effective ways enabling Rail Alliance members to have both a physical presence at the show as well as a virtual presence – if you would like to know more please get in touch!

Rail Vehicles and Enhancements 2016 is the only single theme expo aimed at the engineering of rail vehicles for refurbishment and enhancements. The show is now entering its fifth successive and successful year.  The Rail Vehicles and Enhancements expo and conference 2016 will be even larger than last year’s event and will be held at the Riverside in Derby on Thursday 6th October 2016 between 9am and 4.30pm.

The Rail Alliance will be exhibiting at the show, but will also be running a number of presentations and “clinics” at the show which will give suppliers and procurement experts the opportunity to meet face to face.

Advanced Engineering (http://www.easyfairs.com/events_216/advanced-engineering-2016_83352/advanced-engineering-2016_84103/) brings together OEMs and tier 1 manufacturers to meet and do business with all levels of the engineering supply chain, Advanced Engineering addresses the supply chain needs of: aerospace; automotive; motorsport; transport; civil engineering and more.

We will be offering member companies the opportunity to exhibit as part of the Rail Alliance Members’ Hub – so should your expertise lie in additive manufacturing, composite technology or advanced engineering and you are interested in heightening your presence at the show please get in touch.

We will also be collaborating on a number of presentations within the open conference programme, with a specific focus on the opportunities that the rail sector holds for specialisms usually considered as the prowess of the aero and auto markets.

How to book:

For all Rail Alliance member networking events please book your places via rhona.clarke@railalliance.co.uk

For Innotrans and Advanced Engineering – if you wish to learn more about the options of exhibiting in conjunction with us please contact eli.rees-king@railalliance.co.uk

For RVE enquiries please contact lucy.prior@railalliance.co.uk

To enquire after sponsorship opportunities for networking events or to suggest future themes please email lucy.prior@railalliance.co.uk .

Rail Supply Group workshops and coaching schemes


The Rail Supply Group (RSG) has been set up by BIS and DfT to bring together private sector and the government to lead this renewal, by giving leadership, direction and support so that the rail industry can grow employment, market share and make a significant contribution to the entire UK economy.

In its capacity as secretariat to the RSG , The Rail Alliance is delivering a number of events to support the industry and the enhancement of the rail sector supply chain.

RSG Best Practice Programme (www.rsgbestpractice.org)


The Best Practice Programme is a series of workshops run by The Rail Alliance on behalf of the Rail Supply Group and the evolving needs of High Speed Rail.  Designed to offer practical knowledge of modern supply chain practices the workshops will also provide advice on how organisations can adopt and implement these practices and techniques. Our speakers are specialists from industry, who will share their expertise and engage in debate with the supply chain. These session will begin conversations within industry and raise issues to be addressed at further events.

Please note attendance is limited in number and strictly by Expression of Interest via the website booking page here.

Rail Mentor Scheme

BIS and the DfT recognise the benefits that SMEs can bring to the Rail Supply Chain; as such the RSG is offering opportunities for accelerated engagement into the industry. One of these opportunities is the Rail Mentor programme, run by the Rail Alliance on behalf of the Rail Supply Group.  If you are a UK SME and wish to learn more about how this programme can help you in developing your product or offering to match the need of a Top Tier company please visit www.railmentor.com

BS11000 coaching– an introduction to the standard

An introduction to the BS11000 standard, Collaborative Business Relationships and Partnering Attendance at the Rail Alliance BS11000 Workshops is open to all full members at a cost of £250+VAT per delegate – the workshops commence at 1000hrs and are usually completed by 1430hrs – a light buffet lunch is provided. Non-members can attend (subject to space being available) at a cost of £500+VAT which includes the option of a 6 months complementary membership of The Rail Alliance.

For more details about these courses and the standard itself please visit our BS11000 Update page.



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