Ensuring the relevance of rail in a changing environment

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Technical lecture
23 October 2017 17:00 - 19:00
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In the Address, Richard intends to consider the appropriate role of engineering and engineers in contributing to the future railway industry in a complex and changing world. In doing so, he will consider what the broader economy and society appears to require of the rail sector and what rail can realistically offer back so as to remain relevant to politicians, funders, suppliers, end users and staff. Richard will particularly focus on what the rail industry needs to do to become more attractive as a career choice for new generations of potential engineers and what the Railway Division should focus on to support this.

Richard McClean, 
Managing Director, Grand Central

Richard joined the railway industry as an Engineering Management Trainee in 1982, working in various parts of the network, mainly in the London area.  He spent 18 months acting as Personal Assistant to the Chairman of the British Railways Board at the time of Railtrack’s vesting.  Richard joined GNER in 1998, as Production Director, having previously been Production Director on LTS Rail.

Richard then performed the role of Development Director including leading on Franchise Bids and delivering GNER’s major Franchise investment commitment projects, including rolling stock/station remodelling schemes.

In December 2007, Richard became the Production Director of National Express East Coast, leading the transformation of operational performance for the business and the continued development of its timetable and fleet.

Immediately prior to joining DB Regio UK in February 2010, Richard was the National Express Project Director for the Intercity Express Programme with responsibility for ensuring that these DfT procured trains entered service successfully without impact on the East Coast Franchise.

Richard has undertaken the role of Chairman of ATOC’s Engineering Council - a cross industry body looking at all aspects of railway rolling stock activity.

Since 1st April 2010, Richard has been Managing Director of DB Regio Tyne and Wear who operate Metro trains and stations on behalf of Nexus under a Concession Agreement. In this role Richard has been responsible for the launch of the new Concession and the ongoing deliver of all services to passengers on the Metro network.

In February 2012, Richard took up the role of Managing Director of Arriva’s Grand Central open access operator. 

Richard was recently seconded to the role of Arriva’s Mobilisation Director preparing for the commencement of the new Northern Franchise but has now returned to Grand Central following the successful completion of that project. 

Richard is married with 2 children.


Tea, coffee and sandwiches are available from 17.00 and the presentation starts at 17.30. After the lecture we invite you to join us for a drink and further discussions at ‘The Glue Pot’, 5 Emlyn Square, Swindon SN1 5BP. This is a traditional pub in Brunel’s Swindon Village, close to Western House and the station


Richard McClean, Managing Director, Grand Central


Rooms 5/6, Western House - Swindon
1, Holbrook Way
United Kingdom

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