It has been a great privilege to be Vice-Provost (Enterprise) at UCL and inevitably as I pack my bags to make the long trip from Gordon Street to the Wellcome Trust on Euston Road, I have been reflecting on the last five years. So much has changed and so much has been achieved by UCL.
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Celebrating 200 Years of Passenger Rail
14 June 2008
Rail Industry and Rail Heritage event
Commemorative Trevithick Industry Dinner, Exhibition and 4th International Early Railway Conference
UCL hosted a glittering Bicentennial Trevithick Dinner on the 11th June, in the presence of HRH The Duke of Gloucester,
KG, GCVO, Patron of the Newcomen Society. Commemorating Richard
Trevithick’s demonstration of 1808, the dinner celebrated 200 years of
passenger rail and launched the Trevithick Bicentennial Exhibition and
4th International Early Railways Conference at UCL.
Sponsored by O2, with the promotions partnership of Eurostar, the dinner was attended by Chairmen, Chief Executives and Directors of industry including Eurostar, LCR, Virgin Trains, First Great Western, Stagecoach Group, Network Rail, Transport for London, Chiltern Railways, Balfour Beatty, ATOC, O2 as well as heritage and engineering institutions, media and government. The Souvenir Menu of the Bicentennial Dinner, with a list of the distinguished guests, has already been archived by The Science Museum, which curated the special exhibition in the South Cloisters of rare historical material relating to Trevithick.
The Dinner and Exhibition were succeeded by The 4th International Early Railways Conference, which was held at UCL 12-15 June.
(L-R): Prof. David Perrett, Queen Mary’s College, University of London, President of the Newcomen Society; Prof. Bernard Buxton, Dean of the UCL Faculty of Engineering Sciences; Prof Malcolm Grant CBE, President and Provost of UCL; HRH The Duke of Gloucester KG, GCVO, Patron of the Newcomen Society; Dr Anna Clark, Director of UCL Business Partnerships; Mr Ian Johnston, CBE, QPM, DL, Representative Deputy Lieutenant of the Borough of Camden and Chief Constable of the British Transport Police; Prof. Mike Spyer, UCL Vice-Provost Enterprise; Prof. Nick Tyler, Head of UCL Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering (CEGE)
Ronan Dunne (CEO of O2), Professor Malcolm Grant (UCL Provost) and HRH The Duke of Gloucester KG, GCVO
Robert Speirs, Chairman, Stagecoach Group
Sir David Cooksey GBE, Chairman, LCR
James Abbott (Editor Modern Railways), Tony Collins, CEO, Virgin Trains and Chris Green (Former CEO Virgin Trains & Non-Executive Director Network Rail)
Charles Howeson, Chairman, First Great Western
Dr Mike Short, VP Research & Development, O2