Institution of Railway Signal Engineers (IRSE)
Francis How is the Chief Executive of the Institution of Railway Signal Engineers (IRSE), based in London UK. He is responsible for directing and managing resources to fulfill the purposes and objectives of the Institution. In 2012/13 he was the IRSE’s President during its centenary year.
Previously he was the Technical Director of the Railway Industry Association (which represents the interests of suppliers and manufacturers in the UK rail industry). The role included overseeing and managing RIA’s involvement in technical matters of relevance to suppliers, including the development of railway legislation and standards at EU and UK levels; leadership of initiatives on innovation and other key issues; participation in the development of the long-term technical strategy for the mainline rail network in Great Britain, a member of many cross-industry rail committees and groups, including membership of the UK’s ERTMS Programme Control Board and ERTMS Systems Body.
Other roles have included Technical Director of Atkins Rail Systems Consultancy (UK), and Professional Head of Signalling and Telecommunications in Railtrack’s Safety and Standard’s Directorate (UK).
This practical interactive session (Sponsored by Silverbear) will be presented by the Institution of Railway Signal Engineers (IRSE) and will deliver the following educational learning outcomes: – A discussion on the drivers for change – A review of the process from horizon searching to implementation – Key lessons learned and bear-traps to avoid!