Network Rail chairman confirmed as Railtex 2013 keynote speaker

Network Rail chairman professor Richard Parry-Jones CBE has been confirmed as a keynote speaker at Railtex 2013.

Parry-Jones’ presentation, which will take place on the second day of the event at London’s Earls Court, will be a highlight of an extensive seminar programme being developed in a collaboration between show organisers Mack Brooks Exhibitions and the rail engineer magazine.

Appointed to his present role in March this year, Professor Parry-Jones brings to the rail industry his extensive experience in the engineering sector.

Professor Parry-Jones said: “I am keenly anticipating the opportunity to speak at Railtex 2013.

“The full support of our supply chain is vital in enabling our delivery of the better railway that is key to Britain’s future.

“Our relationship with our suppliers is improving all the time and, at Railtex, I am looking forward to exploring the contribution the industry as a whole can make to helping us deliver our plans for the rest of this decade and beyond, and how we can work together to harness the opportunities that further technological innovation can bring to what is a vital national industry.”

Exhibition manager Heidi Cotsworth commented: “We are delighted that Professor Parry-Jones has agreed to speak during Railtex.

“Network Rail’s projects and programmes are crucial to the supply industry, especially so given current levels of investment in rail. I’m sure he will provide his audience with valuable insights into the company’s future direction and plans.”

As at previous Railtex and Infrarail exhibitions, seminars will run throughout next year’s show, enabling visitors and exhibitors to learn more about rail policy and technological developments from industry leaders and key suppliers. Staged in the exhibition hall, sessions will be free and open to all. More keynote speakers will be named soon.

Railtex is the UK’s premier rail industry event. Next year’s show, which takes place from April 30 to May 2, will be the 11th in a highly successful series of exhibitions. Features will include The Yard, a display area for larger items of rail plant, and the On Track Display for rail-mounted machinery and tools. And new at Railtex 2013 will be the Railtex Awards, celebrating the achievements of companies taking part in the show.d

Nigel Wordsworth, publications manager of the rail engineer magazine, said “We have been hosting the technical engineering seminars now for a number of years and have seen the attendee numbers grow year on year.”

If you are interested in giving a 20 minute Technical Presentation (not a sales pitch) in the rail engineer Technical Seminar Theatre alongside Richard and the other keynote speakers over any of the three days contact Nigel Wordsworth (*places are strictly limited and are only open to exhibitors)

For details on the show, downloading the latest floor plan or booking your space log onto www.railtex.co.uk

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