Railway Innovation Awards

Event date



Hilton London Canary Wharf
Isle of Dogs
E14 9SH
United Kingdom

Railway Innovation Awards

4th Friday Club Event


In partnership with

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Sponsored By

Porterbrook      Resonate


Founded in 1998, the Railway 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.

Visit 2020's Virtual Railway Industry Innovation Awards 


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HOST: Wayne Murphy

Technical Policy Manager, RSSB

Wayne has over 35 years’ experience in the rail industry, starting his career as an apprentice train maintenance fitter. From there he has gone on to spend his career in safety management, working across the industry for train operators, large infrastructure maintenance contractors and RSSB, but he is best known for bringing mundane topics to life through the delivery of highly colourful and engaging presentations and training courses for RSSB and the Institution of Railway Operators.

In his spare time, he hosts charity quiz events and MCs at Kickboxing tournaments.



Chief Technology Officer, Network Rail

Robert has over 25 years’ experience in the rail industry, starting his career as a graduate civil engineer, and has gained a wealth of experience in a number of technical and managerial roles within maintenance, operations management and engineering functions with Balfour Beatty and Network Rail. He has been involved in delivering key performance, safety and innovative engineering solutions on the UK main line networks to improve passengers’ experience.

Robert now heads up the Technology team in Network Rail, focusing on creating the structure, energy and throughput of innovation and legal compliance to improve the railway’s efficiency and all aspects of railway performance, safety, environment and resilience. He is a passionate promoter of developing and introducing new technology and working collaboratively with industry partners in the UK and on EU wide programmes, including engaging and learning from different sectors. He is also a keen supporter of the environment and tackling climate change.


Noon: Arrival and networking
12.45: Lunch begins
14.20: After-lunch speech by Robert Ampomah, Chief Technical Officer, Network Rail
14.40: The Railway Innovation Awards 2021
16.00: Close


The 4th Friday Club’s annual event celebrating the best in railway innovation takes place each year. The 2021 awards will be the 23rd 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 Innovation Awards are assigned to one of these categories:

• Environment and sustainability

• Passenger experience

• Cross-industry partnership

• Operations and performance

• Engineering and Safety

• People, skills and diversity

• Small-scale project

• Major project

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




For sponsorship opportunities contact Dave Lane via email david.lane@keypublishing.com or call on 07795 031051


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

  • David Clarke – Technical Director, Railway Industry Association (chair)
  • Kelvin Davies – Innovation Lead, Rail, Innovate UK
  • Ben Ford – Technology and Innovation Manager, Network Rail
  • Adeline Ginn – Legal and Marketing Director, CPMS, Egis and Founder, Women in Rail
  • Jo Lewington – Chief Environmental & Sustainability Officer, Network Rail
  • Chandra Morbey – Innovation and Projects Director, Porterbrook
  • Michelle Roles – Stakeholder Manager Wales, Transport Focus
  • Philip Sherratt – Editor, Modern Railways
  • Helen Waters – Associate Director, Steer