ITS Alumni talk: The Williams Review and the Williams-Shapps Plan for ‘Great British Railways’

Join our next FREE alumni talk from Dick Fearn, Chairman, Western Route Supervisory Board. MA Transport Economics (1985).

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Abstract: Dick Fearn has held a number of senior management positions in the rail industry, including Chief Executive Officer of Irish Railways. He was a member of the 'Challenge Panel' for the Williams Review into the structure of the rail industry in Britain. In this talk, he will give a summary of the Review and how it was conducted, and then focus on the output from it and in particular the plan to establish a new 'guiding mind' for the industry in the form of Great British Railways. 

Biog: Dick began his career with British Rail in the 1970's and graduated from ITS in 1985, which helped shape his career development in the railway industry both in the UK and Ireland. He is currently the independent chair of the Supervisory Board for the Western Route of Network Rail. The Board brings together Network Rail’s Route Director, Western and the Managing Directors of the principal train operators on the route, namely GWR, MTR Crossrail, Heathrow Express and Cross Country, and at some meetings Freightliner. Read more about Dick on his ITS alumni career profile

There will be a Q&A session at the end of the presentation curated by Prof Chris Nash, and everyone is encouraged to participate particularly as Dick will also be available to address any general questions about the rail industry as a whole.

Please ensure your camera and microphone are switched OFF during the presentation to help preserve bandwidth and minimise any disruptions.

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We look forward to seeing you.