Welcome to RAIL Business Events


Since 1981 RAIL has been designed to be the first choice for anyone interested in today’s railway, whatever their reason. RAIL’s second-to-none news coverage is given context by its top-quality opinion, comment and analysis pieces from Britain’s leading expert commentators.

In support of the magazine, RAIL’s own dedicated business events team produces a range of high-value events for the rail industry.

RAIL Business Events has a long history of engaging with delegates through an extensive portfolio of events. Each of these events facilitates networking and business opportunities for both delegates and sponsors. We also work closely with sponsors to ensure that they achieve their objectives when sponsoring one of our prestigious events.

There is a limited number of sponsorship opportunities at these events. For more details contact Tom Staggs, [email protected] or 01733 979464.

Our events are listed below.

Rail events

Upcoming events

Reimagining & Rebooting our passenger railway - Fares & ticketing: Going for growth!

Although now firmly on the agenda, wholesale fares reform could be years away - a challenge for GBR once it is in place. But we must act urgently in the meantime to fill empty seats on our trains and boost revenues.

  •  How do we boost passenger numbers and bring in revenue in the shorter term?
  • What role does marketing play in this?

Sharon Hedges, Senior stakeholder manager – rail contracts programme, Transport Focus
Shashi Verma, Director of Strategy and Chief Technology Officer, Transport for London
Andy Bagnall, Director General, Rail Delivery Group
Alistair Lees, Chairman, Independent Rail Retailers
Paul Oxley, Head of External Engagement, RSSB

Past events

Great British Railways and the 30-year strategy

December 3 (10:30-12:00)

Great British Railways and the 30-year strategy

Sir Peter Hendy CBE (Chairman, Network Rail)

Andrew Haines OBE (Chief Executive, Network Rail)

Elaine Seagriff (Programme Director, Strategic Planning & Whole Industry Strategic Plan, GBRTT)

Mary Grant (CEO, Porterbrook)

Mark Phillips (CEO, RSSB)

Hannah Moxon (Chief of Staff and Head of Public Affairs, RDG)

John Larkinson (CEO, Office of Rail and Road)

  • Creation of the new public body – Great British Railways
  • Developing a 30-year strategy for rail
  • The role of devolution
  • Regulating the railway


Accelerating innovation and modernisation

November 17 (10:30-12:00)

Unleashing private sector potential

Calvin Lloyd, Strategy and Planning Director, Whole Industry Strategic Plan, Great British Railways Transition Team

Rob McIntosh, MD Eastern Region and Executive Sponsor, Project SPEED, NR

Helen McAllister, Strategy and Planning Director, System Operator, NR

George Davies, Director of Sustainable Development, RSSB

Representative from RDG to be announced shortly

  • Electrification and the place for alternative technologies
  • Rail’s role in the green recovery
  • Project SPEED’s role
  • Enabling innovation

Empowering rail's people

October 28 (10.30-12.00)

In the next episode in our Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail webinar series, we are focusing on the all-important subject of railway people, including: 

Loraine Martins OBE, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Network Rail

Jon Fox, Strategic Advisor, GBR Transition Team

Nina Lockwood, Founder & Director, Intuitive Interim & Executive Search Ltd

Andy Bagnall, Director General, Rail Delivery Group

Ann Mills, Head of Health & Safety, RSSB

  • A cross-sector training and skills offer
  • A sector-wide workforce plan
  • Supercharging diversity
  • Productivity and pay

You can watch this event on catch-up here

Rail mental health and wellbeing beyond the pandemic

RAIL brought together experts from the industry to discuss how we can learn the lessons of the pandemic and ensure that we are looking after the mental health and wellbeing of the rail workforce in the future.

Special Guests:
John Halsall, Chairman, Rail Wellbeing Alliance & Managing Director - Southern Region, Network Rail
Joana Faustino, Senior Work Psychologist, RSSB

Hosted by:
Nigel Harris, Managing Editor, RAIL magazine

You can watch this webinar on catch-up here.

National Rail Awards 2021

The National Rail Awards took place on September 16 at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London's Park Lane to an audience of around 900 people. Once again hosted by RAIL's Managing Editor & Events Director Nigel Harris and BBC Presenter Huw Edwards, this year they were also joined by Deputy Chief Medical Officer Jonathan Van-Tam to present the trophies.

To find out about the 2022 NRA, please contact Sandra Evitt, Events Manager, 01733 468 123, [email protected]

The passenger railway

September 8 (10:30-12:00)

The passenger railway

Suzanne Donnelly (Programme Director, Rail Revenue Recovery Group, GBRTT)

Patrick Verwer (Chief Executive Officer, GTR)

Anthony Smith (Chief Executive, Transport Focus)

Jacqueline Starr (CEO, Rail Delivery Group)

Johnny Schute (Chief Operating Officer, RSSB)

Champa Magesh (President, Trainline Partner Solutions)

  • Ticketing
  • A simplified fares structure
  • The role of technology
  • Customer service
  • Accessibility

You can watch this webinar on catch-up here.

Unleashing Private Sector Potential

July 27 (10:30-12:00)

Unleashing private sector potential

Keith Williams (Independent Chairman, Williams Review)

Rufus Boyd (Programme Director, Passenger & Freight Services, GBRTT)

Harriet Hepburn (Corporate Finance & Business Development Director, NR)

Johnny Schute (Chief Operating Officer, RSSB)

Andy Bagnall (Director General, Rail Delivery Group)

  • Enabling freight’s success
  • Private sector investment
  • Train leasing in the future
  • Infrastructure partners

You can watch this event on catch-up here.

Rail Live 2021

Rail Live returns to Long Marston on June 16 and 17 2021 and will be bigger and better with many more features, demonstrations and exhibitors. More announcements will be be made in the next few weeks.
Don't miss the opportunity to take part in the most successful event for the rail industry in the UK. Contact Tom Staggs for more information on sponsoring or exhibiting


National Rail Conference

Join a community of rail executives, key government figures, regulatory bodies and the entire industry supply chain in preparing for the future of freight and passenger travel in the UK.

The full-day conference identifies the strategic opportunities available in a time of increased government scrutiny and economic uncertainty.

The National Rail Conference is your chance to have a say in the structures, systems and policies that will be in place for the next decade and beyond. Put yourself and your business at the helm of an evolving rail industry.