Founded in 1998, the Railway Industry Innovation Awards are the longest-standing awards scheme in the industry. Now organised by the 4th Friday Club, the Awards are the annual event at which everybody keen on seeing innovation in the railway sector meets up to discuss and celebrate the brightest ideas in the industry

NEXT EVENT: Friday 28 June 2019

VENUE: Paddington Hilton, 146 Praed St, London W2 1EE

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Roger Ford


Roger Ford

Industry and Technology Editor, Modern Railways

Roger is probably best known for his authoritative column ‘Informed Sources’ in the monthly trade and technical magazine Modern Railways. ‘Informed Sources’ is noted for its in-depth analysis of railway technical, commercial and policy issues.

Roger Ford


Clive Roberts

Professor of Railway Systems, University of Birmingham • Director of the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education • Lead for the UK Railway Research and Innovation Network

Clive Roberts has been working in the railway sector for over 20 years and is Professor of Railway Systems at the University of Birmingham. He leads a broad portfolio of research aimed at improving the performance of railway systems, including leading the UK Railway Research and Innovation Network (UKRRIN) – a £92 million academia/industry collaboration. He is a member of the UK Rail Industry’s Technical Leadership Group, as well as serving on the Technical Advisory Panel to the Board of SMRT (Singapore), and being a Technical Advisor to Guangzhou Metro..


The Railway Industry Innovation Awards:

12.00: pre-lunch drinks

13.00: lunch

14.20: after-lunch speech from guest speaker

15.00: the Railway Industry Innovation Awards

16.00: event closes.


The 4th Friday Club’s annual event celebrating the best in railway innovation takes place every June. It is the partner event to the Railway Industry Association’s innovation conference in the spring. The 2019 awards will be the 22nd for the longest standing award scheme in the industry.

This is an event to celebrate the achievements of those companies and individuals who are pushing the industry forward by developing innovative ideas.


Entries in the Railway Industry Innovation Awards are assigned to one of these categories:

• Environment

• Passenger experience

• Cross-industry partnership

• Operations and performance

• Engineering and Safety

• Small-scale project

• Major project

Winners of the Railway Industry Innovation Awards are presented with a fine cut glass engraved vase from Dartington Glass.


Online entry form and entry information can be found HERE. Entry is free of charge.

The deadline for applications is noon on Tuesday 30 April 2019.


Tables of 10 at this event cost £1350 +VAT, sponsorship details available on request. Contact Chris Shilling on 07736 635916 or email


The Railway Industry Innovation Award entries are judged by a panel of industry experts:

Haydn Abbott

CHAIRMAN Haydn Abbott

Former Managing Director of Angel Trains
The former Managing Director of the Angel Trains Group has also served as Chairman of the Railway Industry Association, the Railway Sector Advisory Group and is also Chairman of the UK arm of the Railway Children charity.
James Abbott

James Abbott

Editor of Modern Railways magazine
James is one of the most respected journalists in the railway industry. He also manages the Fourth Friday Club, the magazine’s programme of formal events which includes three major annual awards ceremonies.
David Clarke

David Clarke

Technical Director, Railway Industry Association
A chartered engineer, David has over 30 years’ rail industry experience. He was previously innovation director at RSSB, moving to RIA in 2016 to represent members’ interests in the areas of safety, technical standards, technical strategy, research and innovation.
Ben Ford

Ben Ford

Innovation Support Manager, Network Rail
Previously Innovation Manager at Pera, Ben joined Network Rail in 2012 where his role is to support and promote the company’s innovation agenda, help define projects, facilitate access to resources and manage and develop innovation systems.

Irina Parsina

Microsoft Teams Customer Engineering lead for Firstline Workforce
Irina’s role in Microsoft Teams’ product group is focused on enabling organisations to digitally empower their firstline workforce, having previously driven Microsoft’s Customer Success engagements in UK rail.

Before joining Microsoft, Irina led various digital projects in transport and technology sectors, having started her career in academia, working towards a PhD in computational simulation of nanoalloys.