Institution of Mechanical Engineers IMechE

Delivering a World Class Railway

12 February 2007

The rail industry is expecting demand growth of at least 30% over the next ten years. Network Rail's challenge ahead is to grow the capacity of the railway to meet the ever-growing needs of passengers and freight users whilst achieving high levels of punctuality, maintaining safety and continuing to drive down costs. In recent years, Network Rail has delivered a substantially better railway to Britain and has learnt vital lessons to deliver the major investments required in the future. Iain Coucher will describe how Network Rail is building on its current success to move the organisation up a gear and be even more effective to deliver a world class railway.

Meet the Speaker

Previously Managing Director of Network Rail, Iain Coucher became Deputy Chief Executive on the completion of the acquisition and is to take over as the new Chief Executive from August. Iain has responsibility for all operational matters. Previously, Iain was Chief Executive of TubeLines, one of the preferred bidders for the London Underground public private partnership. Before joining Tube Lines, Iain worked for EDS for 15 years, culminating in heading up the company's mergers and acquisitions across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. His career has included extensive experience in the transportation sector, particularly with London Underground. He was seconded to the TranSys consortium between 1996 and 1998 as its Chief Executive and led the development of the Underground's smartcard ticketing system. He was also responsible for delivering the IT PFI to London Underground that provided the company with a new IT infrastructure. Iain is an Engineering graduate from Imperial College, London and also has an MBA and a degree in Modern Art.

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