From: Railway Annual Lecture, 19 November 2012, London, UK
19 November 2012 Transport channel
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Since privatisation, the number of people wanting to travel, and the number of companies wanting to move their goods, by rail has risen dramatically.
Every prediction says that this trend will continue over the next two to three decades. Britain's railway must prepare for the challenge of delivering the capacity needed to meet this ever-growing demand, but it must also do so in a way that is financially sustainable for the long-term.
As part of a wider programme of reform across the industry, Network Rail is undertaking a substantial programme of reform itself.
One of the most fundamental elements of these reforms is the changes made to the company's Investment Projects business. These reforms are designed to improve the company's delivery of its multi-billion pound investment programme by changing the way Network Rail does business with its supply chain, and by testing itself in markets both in Britain and overseas.
Simon will explore the context in which these reforms have taken place, as well as their purpose and what it means for the future of the company and the industry as a whole.
Managing Director, Infrastructure Projects, Network Rail.
Simon Kirby joined the Board of Network Rail in 2008, having been with the Company since 2003. He is responsible for delivery of all large enhancement and renewal infrastructure projects.
He has held positions in the Defence industry and has been involved in a number of Land and Naval Weapons System projects including the Trident Nuclear Submarine Programme.
In 2000 he was appointed Managing Director of three BAE Systems shipyards before, in 2002, becoming Managing Director of the BAE Systems Type 45 Prime Contract Organisation.
In addition to his duties as an Executive Director of Network Rail, he is a member of the Company's Executive Committee and chairs or is a member of a range of key committees, panel and groups.