Delivering a Growing Railway

Venue: Savoy Place

Location: London, United Kingdom

Event Date/Time: Oct 22, 2007 End Date/Time: Oct 22, 2007
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Lecture | Delivering a Growing Railway
The speaker will cover the major issues in the (by then) recently released Government White Paper on Railways.

Mike Mitchell began his career as a Graduate Management Trainee with British Rail. He graduated from Aberdeen University with an MA (Hons) in 1970.

Mike worked in a number of management roles with British Rail and in 1986 became Operations Manager with the Scottish Bus Group subsidiary Eastern Scottish Omnibuses Ltd in Edinburgh, participating in its purchase by its management and employees in 1989.

In 1994 he was appointed Managing Director at Grampian Transport in Aberdeen and in 1997 Divisional Director (North West) as well as Managing Director of First Manchester Buses.

Following FirstGroup’s purchase of three rail franchises, Mike was seconded as Managing Director of North Western Trains. After a period as Managing Director of First Great Western he was appointed Managing Director, Rail Division, in January 1999 and had responsibility for all the Group’s train operating companies.

In November 1999 he was appointed to the FirstGroup PLC Board as Director – UK Rail. In 2001 he became Chief Operating Officer with responsibility for the Group’s bus, rail and tram operations in the UK. Prior to his planned retirement from FirstGroup in April 2005, he was tasked with evaluating overseas growth opportunities for the Company in Europe and elsewhere.

He was appointed to his present position in May 2005 and is one of the few senior managers with extensive experience of both bus and rail in the UK.

Pre-lecture conference
The Sir Henry Royce Prestige Lecture follows the first day of the 2nd IET International Conference on System Safety at Savoy Place (22-24 October 2007).

IET London Local network event
The Institution’s London Local Network would like to invite all guests to join them for a complimentary glass of wine in the Common and Lancaster Rooms at the conclusion of the lecture. The informal networking evening will continue in the Kelvin Bar, where light snacks and drinks can be purchased, once dinner guests have been called to the Riverside Room. Both Institution members and non-members are welcome to attend this event, so please indicate your attendance on the registration form.

The lecture will be followed by a dinner in the Institution’s Riverside Room, which offers spectacular views over the River Thames. Why not take the opportunity to meet fellow engineers and share experiences with those with similar interests in an informal setting. Please note that places are limited.

Lecture history
The first Sir Henry Royce Memorial Lecture was organised by the Institution of Incorporated Engineers, in association with the Sir Henry Royce Memorial Foundation, in 1992. The lecture is given by a distinguished speaker in the field of transport who has done much to perpetuate Sir Henry Royce's engineering philosophy – the pursuit of excellence. The Institution of Engineering and Technology is proud to continue these lectures.


Additional Information

Past Sir Henry Royce Memorial lectures 1992 Competition Car DesignAdrian Reynard, Chief Executive, Reynard Racing 1994 Engineering the Channel Tunnel Angus Norman, Project Manager, Channel Tunnel Rail Link 1996 The 50 Years of MIRA John Wood, Managing Director, MIRA 1998 Windsail in Service on the 600 ton Motor Vessel Ashington John Walker 2000 The Universe of Engineering Sir Robert Malpas CBE 2002 The Creative Engineer Dr Adam Hart-Davis, Broadcaster 2004 Gibbs Aquada: A quantum leap in transport technology Neil Jenkins, Managing Director, Gibbs Technologies 2006 A Transport Health-Check: Long Term Strategies For A Sustainable Future Dr Stephen Ladyman MP, Minister of State for Transport