IoD NE members and their guests are invited to a lunch at the TUS Eagle Park Lab when Dr Alan James will be our guest speaker
Dr Alan James
Dr Alan James is an exceptional business leader with broad strategic expertise in establishing and leading major projects, gained in both corporate and consulting roles. His recent major roles include: Vice President - Worldwide Business Development, Virgin Hyperloop One. Virgin Hyperloop One is a new mode of transport operating at a design speed of 300 metres per second (1,080 km/h or 671 mph), revolutionising passenger and freight transportation and radically enhancing economic competitiveness. He was the primary point of contact for cities, regions and countries around the world. In Europe, Alan led the company’s engagement with the EU and the Governments of Member States where Hyperloop networks are proposed. Project Director, HS2 The Stoke Route.
Alan led a multi-disciplinary team to create a business case for Stoke-on-Trent City Council which saved £5bn capital costs, allowed the service to start 7 years earlier than planned, and which ultimately ensured that this important UK city secured a high speed rail link. Chief Executive, UK Ultraspeed Funded by Transrapid maglev technology owners (Siemens and ThyssenKrupp), Alan initiated and led project development for the 311mph maglev alternative to 200mph conventional rail High Speed 2.
Other consulting assignments include: Construction of a major high-tech £50+m JV capital project in Africa for FTSE250 clients. Led a team which developed the business, policy and political use for a UK National Rail Academy. Advised various high speed projects in the USA, Australia, the Arabian Gulf and Asia in both conventional high speed rail and maglev. Advised on a nuclear skills building and skills retention system for the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority. Served as strategic advisor to the UK Government’s Foreign and Commonwealth
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