TOCTalk 2024

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Date(s) - May 15 2024
9:30am - 3:30pm

Reach, Riverside Court, Pride Park, Derby

This event is now full.  If you wish to be added to a waiting list, please contact Karen.


Following the success of TOCTalk Live last year, we are delighted to announce TOCTalk 2024 which brings together all the excellent networking opportunities from last year’s event together with a selection of formal presentations including updates from participating Train Operating Companies on what they are seeking for their Annual Business Planning (ABP) process (2025-2026).

Format and Speakers

The event will commence with a series of presentations from key industry looking at the ABP vision as well as key updates on the business planning process, procurement requirements and critically understanding the ABP justification process.

  • Will Rogers, Managing Director, East Midlands Railway
  • Jag Maitala, Interim Project Director, Department for Transport
  • Paul Harwood, Director of Passenger & Freight Services, Great British Railways
  • David Flesher, Commercial Director, LNER
  • Joanne Etchells, Procurement Manager, East Midlands Railway
  • Stacy Thundercliffe, Head of Fleet & Engineering, Avanti West Coast

In the second session we will welcome each participating TOC to the stage for an update on their aspirations for the APB and what they are seeking from the supply chain to support this.

And finally, after a short networking lunch, we will be running our final session of the day, TOCTalk Live where each TOC will be available for short discussions.


Which Train Operating Companies?

We are delighted to announce the following participating TOCs with more expected!

  • Avanti West Coast
  • Cross Country
  • East Midlands Railway
  • Govia Thameslink Railway
  • Great Western Railway
  • Greater Anglia
  • LNER
  • Transport for Wales
  • West Coast Partnership Development
  • West Midlands Trains

Event Partners

We are thrilled to have the following event partners:

  • Carlisle Support Services
  • Encompass Engineering
  • Frazer Nash Consultancy
  • Hubner
  • MCL Group


“Carlisle Support Services are thrilled to be a partner of the Rail Forum and support TOCTalk in Derby! With three decades of experience serving UK TOCs, we are honoured to stand alongside industry leaders as event partners, dedicated to delivering excellence and putting customers first.” Steve Cere, Director of Rail Strategy, Carlisle Support Services


“Encompass Engineering, a proud sponsor of this year’s TOCTalk Live, was established to deliver exceptional client service with an unrelenting focus on value creation, innovation, operational excellence and quality. As specialists in rail engineering, we support freight operators, train operators, rolling stock-owning companies and supply chain companies in tackling diverse challenges and fulfilling project requirements. Our experienced team has the skills and experience required for all types of projects, and we look forward to sharing ideas to address the challenges facing TOCs today.”  Daniel Stephens, CEO, Encompass Engineering


“We are pleased to be an event partner for TOC Talk 24. Currently our industry has never witnessed such adverse operating conditions and with our company philosophy of long-term relationships, we believe it is valid today more than ever before. We are looking forward to understanding in greater depth the challenges our train operators are experiencing and working out how we can help to develop policies and best practices that support their needs now and for the foreseeable future”. John Blackham, Vice President Global After Sales & Service, HUBNER Mobility Rail


“MCL Group are thrilled to be supporting this years TOC Talk event in Derby. As an SME we pride ourselves in supporting the industry clients across the country from TOCs, ROSCOs, Manufacturers and FOCs. Our teams pride themselves in working collaboration with our clients in finding the most cost-effective solution for storage both warm and cold as well as light maintenance and modifications. We pride ourselves in partnering with the industry leaders who are also part of the Rail forum family, and we look forward to sponsoring this event and share our ideas to overcome any challenges we face in our industry.” Pan Kapoor – Commercial Director, MCL Group


 “We are delighted to be an event partner for TOCTalk and are really excited to hear about some of the innovative initiatives being undertaken by the Train Operating Companies and wider supply chain. We are also looking forward to networking with clients new and old where we would be delighted to discuss some of the exciting things we are up-to at Frazer Nash.”  Trevor Morgan, Rail Business Manager from Frazer Nash


Exhibition Zone – Tables now filled

There is also an opportunity for members to participate by taking an exhibition table.

We have a small number of tables available at the rate of £200+vat. Tables to be hosted with delegate allocation, registration is essential. For more information and to book please contact Karen.


Who should attend?

This event is ideal for any company, particularly supply chain, seeking to understand how the National Rail Contracts work and specifically what TOCs are looking to deliver for their services in 2025-2026.


Rail Forum members can book up to 2 places at this event, with an additional charge of £50 for extra places.

Non members can book up to 1 place at this event for a fee of £200 plus VAT.


Bookings will close 6th May 2024 at 5.00pm.

Joining instructions will be issued on 8th May 2024.


Sorry, bookings for this event are closed.
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