Railway Industry Innovation Awards

This year’s Innovation Awards are going ahead but, for the first time in 22 years, the awards will be held virtually due to the pandemic. See the winners unveiled in an exclusive online ceremony here at 2.30pm on Friday 23rd October, join us to celebrate the brightest ideas in the industry.

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2020 Railway Industry Innovation Awards Ceremony

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Coming soon – the Railway Industry Innovation Awards

On Friday 23 October we will be holding an online version of our annual Railway Industry Innovation Awards, the longest standing awards event in the industry.


  • Environment
  • Passenger experience
  • Cross-industry partnership
  • Operations and performance
  • Engineering and safety
  • Small-scale project
  • Major project
  • NEW: Covid crisis response


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

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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.


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James Abbott

Consultant Editor, Modern Railways magazine

James is one of the most respected journalists in the railway industry. He also set up the Fourth Friday Club, the magazine’s programme of formal events which includes three major annual awards ceremonies.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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Kelvin Davies

Innovation Lead Rail, InnovateUK

Kelvin has over 20 years’ experience delivering engineering and advanced technology. He joined InnovateUK in 2015 to lead the organisation’s activities related to rail innovation including the delivery of competitions and programs on behalf of the Department for Transport and Network Rail.