On May 23rd 2012 Westermo hosted a highly informative seminar at the National Rail Museum in York entitled “Delivering Projects through Partnerships”. The theme was driven by the McNulty report and also the emergence of the BS 11000 standard for collaborative working.
Neill Caruthers – Head of Contracting Strategy at Network Rail presented on how collaborative working was already occurring within the industry and this was backed up by a number of presenters representing the different levels of contractor currently supplying Network Rail.
Richard Graham – Head of Strategic Development at Balfour Beatty talked about how collaborative working had been implemented by them as a main contractor and in the afternoon practical cases from lower tier contractors were presented by Phil Mounter and Ray Lock from Westermo, Kevin Stringer a consultant with Firstco and Paul Dobbins the Chief Technical Officer with telent.
The event commenced with an overview of Westermo, by Alan Bollard the UK Managing Director, covering not only the company’s history, but also its global involvement in the rail industry both on board trains and along the trackside. This was followed by an informative overview of the BS 11000 standard by Andy Harrison, Managing Director of DB&CS.
The overall consensus from the 50+ attendees was that the event provided a useful insight into important developments within the UK rail industry and a better understanding of the capability of Westermo to deliver innovative data communications to the rail sector.