Golden Whistle Award

ABOUT THE GOLDEN WHISTLE AWARDS

The brainchild of Institution of Railway Operators luminary Chris Loder, the Golden Whistles event was founded in 2010 to promote best practice and celebrate excellence in railway operations. The annual event now incorporates a morning conference at which railway operators discuss developments aimed at improving operations, followed by a networking lunch and the handing out of the Golden Whistle awards for excellence in railway operating.

NEXT EVENT: Friday 24 January 2020

VENUE: The Marriott Grosvenor Square in Duke Street, London W1 (nearest Underground station: Bond Street)

2020-01-24 12:00:00 2020-01-24 16:00:00 Europe/London Golden Whistle Awards and Morning Conference The Golden Whistle Awards The Marriott Grosvenor Square in Duke Street, London W1 (nearest Underground station: Bond Street) Fourth Friday Club 4thfridayclub@gmail.com

SPEAKERS

Dick Fearn

HOST

Dick Fearn

Formerly CEO, Irish Rail

Dick Fearn has 40 years’ senior management experience in the rail industry in Britain and Ireland. Now Chairman of the Bluebell Railway, he served for 10 years as COO and then CEO of Iarnród Éireann (Irish Railways). With British Rail from 1973 to 1996, he had a number of rail operations roles, culminating in senior executive posts as the Divisional Director of the Thames & Chiltern Division and later the South Eastern Division of BR’s Network SouthEast. At the time of rail privatisation in the UK, Dick was appointed to the post of Managing Director of The South Eastern Train Company, subsequently moving to Railtrack plc as Zone Director of North West and later Midlands Zones.

Dick Fearn

GUEST SPEAKER

Alex Hynes

Managing Director of Scotland’s Railway

Alex has had a long career on the railway: his roles have included Managing Director – Rail Development for the Go-Ahead Group and Managing Director of Northern Rail. He is a former Chair of the Institution of Railway Operators and is passionate about improving railway operations.

THE AWARDS

The Golden Whistle awards – in which the trophies feature that archetypal element of efficient railway operating, the Acme Thunderer whistle – celebrate the best of railway operating and are handed out to those companies making the greatest strides in punctuality and other key indicators.

CALLING ALL OUTSTANDING OPERATORS!

Every year Golden Whistles are awarded to outstanding operators. Why not nominate your outstanding operator, or operating team for the next awards?

To nominate an individual or team for the 2020 awards click here.

AWARD CATEGORIES

• Right time arrivals – Inter-city TOCs. Golden Whistle for best in class, Silver Whistle for most improved. Based on Network Rail moving annual average right time data to end of Period 9.

• Right time arrivals – London and South East TOCs. Golden Whistle for best in class, Silver Whistle for most improved. Based on Network Rail moving annual average right time data to end of Period 9.

• Right time arrivals – Regional TOCs. Golden Whistle for best in class, Silver Whistle for most improved. Based on Network Rail moving annual average right time data to end of Period 9.

• Freight performance – FOCs. Golden Whistle for best in class, Silver Whistle for most improved. Based on ‘A2F’ (Arrival to Fifteen) moving annual average scores of freight operating companies.

• Minimising delay minutes – operators. Golden Whistle for best in class, Silver Whistle for most improved. All TOCs and FOCs assessed for reduction in ‘TOC/FOC on self’ delays, moving annual average to end of Period 9.

• Minimising delay minutes – Network Rail Routes. Golden Whistle for best in class, Silver Whistle for most improved. All Routes assessed for delay minutes caused to all operators, moving annual average to end of Period 9.

• London Underground Line performance. All Lines assessed for reduction in lost customer hours to end of Period 9. Golden Whistle for most improved, Silver Whistle for second most improved.

• Outstanding Operator/Operating Team. Golden Whistle for an individual / operating team that has gone above and beyond in making a contribution.

• Special Award. Each year the IRO judging panel chooses an individual or team and awards a Golden Whistle for special acts of courage, selflessness or quick thinking.

HOW DO I ENTER?

Most of the Golden Whistle awards are made on the basis of statistical information compiled by the industry and do not require companies to enter. There is one category for which the winners are selected by a panel of IRO judges and for which entries are invited:

The Golden Whistle for the Best Individual Operator / Operating Team – awarded each year to an individual or team that has gone above and beyond in its contribution.

TABLES AND SPONSORSHIP

Tables of 10 at this event cost £1400 +VAT, sponsorship details available on request. Contact Chris Shilling on 07736 635916 chris@shillingmedia.co.uk

SCHEDULE

MORNING CONFERENCE

09.15 Welcome from the Chair, Glen Merryman 

09.20 21st century operations – Andrew Haines, Chief Executive, Network Rail 

09.35 Discussion

09.45 Network Rail’s R&D programme for the operating function – Alison Smith, Senior Programme Manager, Network Rail  

10.05 A single source of truth for operational control and disruption management – Presentation by Tracsis and Southeastern Railway

10.25 Discussion

10.30 Coffee break

10.50 Managing the introduction of a new fleet – John Doughty, Engineering Director, LNER

11.10 The comfort factor in modern rolling stock – Ian Walmsley, contributor, Modern Railways 

11.30 Thinking outside the box on operations – Karl Watts, CEO, Rail Operations (UK) Ltd 

11.50 Discussion

GOLDEN WHISTLE AWARDS

12 noon Pre-lunch drinks

12.45 guests enter the dining room for lunch

14.30 After-lunch speech from Alex Hynes, Managing Director, Scotland’s Railway   

14.50 Dick Fearn presents the Golden Whistles awards

16.15 close

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