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Event Organiser: Railway Civil Engineers’ Association

The rail regulator and the civil engineer, online

  • Webinar
  • Online
  • 25 February 2021
  • 17:00 - 18:30
The rail regulator and the civil engineer, online

About this event

Office of Rail and Road logo

This lecture explains the development and role of the Office of Rail and Road from its history right through to the challenges and changes which the future may bring for the Office and how it stays relevant in an ever-changing world.

The lecture will cover:

  • The role of the ORR, how they are paid and what they do
  • The roles and responsibilities of the ORR, more than just enforcement
  • The principles of good regulations
  • The importance of independence and holding Network Rail to account
  • Exercising hard and soft power
  • Adding value and “the future”


Dermot Kelly CEng MICE FPWI

Head of Civil Engineering

Dermot Kelly

Dermot is a Chartered Civil Engineer and Fellow of the PWI. He has worked in the railway industry for over since 1986. During Dermot’s career he has worked across all aspects the Permanent Way including, maintenance, renewals, design, track supplies, research, consultancy and presently works at the Office of Rail and Road.

Dermot spent the early part of his career at London Underground, starting as a Permanent Way Trainee Technician, working his way up to becoming Maintenance & Renewals Manager. Dermot was seconded from LUL to Mass Transit Rail Corporation in Hong Kong.

Upon his return to the UK Dermot has been the Professional Head of Civil Engineering at Grant Rail, and a Senior Project Manager at Carillion.

From 2006 to 2019 Dermot has held various senior roles within Balfour Beatty Rail.

In May 2019 Dermot joined the Office of Rail and Road as the Head of Civil Engineering.

Stephen Fletcher CEng MICE ACII

Deputy Director Engineering and Asset Management

Stephen Fletcher

Stephen is a Chartered Civil Engineer and Chartered Insurer with extensive senior management experience with the infrastructure sector, building construction and loss adjusting sectors.

Stephen began his career at Laing O’Rourke as a Project Engineer, working on Nuclear, Highways and Rail projects.

Following this Stephen took the role as Director of Surveying Services at Claim Management Services firm, Cunningham Lindsey. Here Stephen provided loss adjusting and project management of disaster recovery projects, including industrial incidents and nationwide flood events.

In 2008 Stephen joined Network Rail, holding posts of the Route Asset Manager for LNE & EM and Senior Programme Manager developing national policy and leading Network Rail’s strategic business planning.

From 2015 to 2018 Stephen worked in Saudi Arabia for Network Rail Consulting, where he led bringing into operation and management of all civil engineering and building assets for Saudi Arabia Rail. The network is in excess of 2,700km long.

From 2018 Stephen became the Deputy Director at the Office of Rail and Road. Where he leads engineering, asset management and enhancement programme teams holding Network Rail to account, monitoring of HS1 and Digital Rail Development in the UK.

Event venue

United Kingdom

For more information please contact:

Elira Alushi

e: [email protected]