Rail Forum Team

Our small dedicated team is focused on supporting our members and our strategic priorities:

  • Elaine Clark

    Chief Executive
    : elaine@railforum.uk
    Elaine is responsible for the day to day running of the Rail Forum including working with the Board to set strategic priorities. She has responsibility for maintaining strong relationships across government and for delivery of our sector deal activities.
  • Cat Appleby

    Membership and Engagement Director
    : cat@railforum.uk
    Cat has overall responsibility for ensuring our membership offer is regularly reviewed and developed so that it continues to meet members’ needs. She is also responsible for maintaining day to day contact with a designated group of our members and proactively supports the development and delivery of a range of member focussed events.  
  • Dave Ellis

    Engagement Manager
    : dave@railforum.uk
    Dave is responsible for developing the relationship with, and providing support to, a designated group of Rail Forum members. He brings his unique combination of industry knowledge coupled with commercial acumen to his role. Dave also supports the team with event planning and delivery alongside other specific projects.
  • David Kierton

    Engagement Manager
    : david@railforum.uk
    David joins us on an interim basis responsible for developing the relationship with and providing support to a designated group of infrastructure focussed Rail Forum members. David will also support the wider Rail Forum team at various events and activities.
  • Robert Hodgson

    Engagement Manager
    : robert@railforum.uk
    Bob has many years of experience working in the rail supply chain. He supports the Rail Forum team on specific projects including our sector deal work and collaborative opportunities for members.
  • Karen Jackson

    Events and Marketing Manager
    : karen@railforum.uk
    Karen is responsible for managing our events programme, promoting the events and associated partnership opportunities to members and for supporting the delivery of some of our wider activities.  
  • Jemma Smalls

    Communications, Policy and Public Affairs Manager
    : jemma@railforum.uk
    Jemma leads on our external communications to members and on our policy and public affairs activity. She also supports our events with specific responsibility for hosting key stakeholder visits, roundtables and tours.
  • Sharon Brown

    Rail Forum Administrator
    : sharon@railforum.uk
    Sharon supports the team on a part time basis with a broad range of critical administrative tasks that contribute to how we support our members.