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IoD South Online - The future of our railways in Sussex and beyond

04 Nov 2021
Online webinar, Online
What does the future hold for our railways in Sussex and beyond?

In May 2021 the Government launched a White Paper entitled “Great British Railways - The Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail”. The plan represents the first major shift in Government policy for the railways in Britain since privatisation over 25 years ago. Dick Fearn, a member of the Expert Challenge Panel for the Williams Rail Review, will explain how the implementation of the new policy will benefit rail passengers in Sussex and how it will help the whole railway industry to recover from the Covid pandemic. 

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Date & time: 04 Nov 2021 13:00 - 14:00
Location: Online webinar, Online
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Ms Angela McWatt
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DICK FEARN is a senior executive with 47 years rail industry experience in the UK and Ireland. He has a strong track record in the management of railway businesses and the delivery of high standards of rail service quality, safety and performance. He has first-hand experience in the leadership of vertically integrated rail companies, the management of train operating companies and infrastructure management companies, and the successful implementation of major rail sector capital investment projects.

Although Dick has retired from full time executive responsibilities, he continues to offer his experience on a part-time non-executive basis and is currently the independent chair of the Western Route Supervisory Board. Dick was a member of the Expert Challenge Panel of the Williams Rail Review for the Department for Transport.
Dick returned to the UK in 2013 after 10 years in Ireland with Iarnrod Eireann (Irish Rail), the state-owned company that owns and operates the national rail network in the Irish Republic. He was Chief Executive from 2006 to 2013.

Prior to joining Iarnrod Eireann in 2003 as Chief Operating Officer, Dick had 30 years experience in the UK rail industry. He worked with British Rail from 1973 to 1996 and held a number of rail operations posts throughout the BR network, culminating in senior executive posts in the 1990’s, initially as Divisional Director of the Thames & Chiltern Division, and later the South Eastern Division of BR’s Network SouthEast.

At the time of rail privatisation in the UK, he was appointed to the post of Managing Director of the South Eastern Train Company, subsequently moving to Railtrack plc (now Network Rail), as Zone Director of the company’s North West Zone and later the Midland Zone.



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