Demonstrating aspects of ‘sustainability’ through community engagement with major civil engineering projects, Nottingham

18 November, 2016 | 08:30 - 10:00

Demonstrating aspects of ‘sustainability’ through community engagement with major civil engineering projects, Nottingham

About this event

Leaving a legacy of employment, skills and training in the communities we serve through project delivery – Network Rail and it contractors have jointly developed an Employment, Skills and Training Strategy that aims to maximise value and achieve long term efficiencies by:

  • Attracting and retaining the best talent; enabling a wide talent pool to compete for jobs on the programme, including people living local to works, and supporting people working on the programme to achieve their best
  • Achieving best value for money; enabling a wide range of appropriate, relevant suppliers, including SMEs and "local" suppliers, to compete for places in our supply chain and therefore getting the widest range of bids and proposals from the marketplace

Creating a culture of Fairness, Inclusion and respect - The Construction Industry Training Board estimates that we need 224,000 new entrants to the construction industry by 2019, in order to deliver the pipeline of works already scheduled. To do this, we need to develop the culture of our workplaces so that ours is a sector that can attract, train and retain people, from the UK's increasingly diverse talent pool.

Event materials

The following materials are available for download:


Richard John

Richard is a chartered environmentalist and member of CIWEM and a Chartered Water and Environment Manager and joined Network Rail as Environment Manager in July 2013. Prior to this Richard was with the Environment Agency for 15 years and held a number of positions in the field of Flood Risk Management and Asset Management. Richard is currently leading the Sustainability agenda for Network Rail in the East Midlands and the delivery of Consents to facilitate the delivery of the Midland Mainline Upgrade Programme (c.£2Bn).

During his career Richard has worked on major infrastructure programmes such as the Midland Mainline upgrade Programme and Freight Capacity Upgrade and has also delivered minor works as part of the Flood Risk Management Maintenance Programme for the Environment Agency.

Whilst as Network Rail he has developed and implemented a Sustainability Strategy and in collaboration with the supply chain introduced processes for sustainable design and material use as well as supporting strategies for Sustainable Procurement and Employment Skills and Training. Richard is also actively involved in Network Rail's pilot projects to deliver a Net Positive Outcome for Sustainability.

Rachel Riley

Rachael is a Chartered Environmentalist and Full Member of IEMA (Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment). Rachael works for Carillion's rail business as a regional sustainability manager responsible for a £1 billion portfolio of projects to deliver Network Rail's Midland Mainline programme (MMP). She has twenty years' experience from the construction, rail, and manufacturing sectors, and has worked on major programmes including the Channel Tunnel Rail Link St Pancras redevelopment, and as Network Rail consents manager for the Thameslink projects at Farringdon station, London Bridge, and Bermondsey dive-under. She has worked with a number of the construction sector's top organisations and has contributed to their success in leading the way in sustainability, particularly through CEEQUAL, sustainable procurement, material use, social value, external stakeholder management, and consents management.

Rachael is currently representing Carillion on a CIRIA steering group to develop a sustainable procurement guide for procurement professionals, is actively involved in the role out of the Supply Chain Sustainability School's fairness, inclusion and respect (FIR) toolkit and ambassador network, and has led on the recruitment of over 40 STEMNET ambassadors from the joint Midland Mainline programme team in just 12 months. Rachael is also leading the Midland Mainline programme pilot to implement the Network Rail biodiversity net positive toolkit.