Graham SmithDirector of Rail delivery groupGraham has worked in strategic management roles in the rail industry for 35 years and is the Managing Director of Albany Rail.He is a Board Member of the Railway Benefit Fund, the rail industry charity that helps people throughout the railway family.He is also providing strategic advice to major companies involved in the transport sector in the UK and overseas.
Graham was previously the Director General of the industry's Rail Delivery Group which was set up in 2011.Graham's previous roles included working on the Rail Value for Money Study chaired by Sir Roy McNulty and sponsored by the Department for Transport and the Office of Rail Regulation.
In recognition of his work Graham was appointed MBE in the 2008 New Year's Honours list for services to the rail freight industry.
He is a Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and a Life Governor of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.He was educated at the University of Hull and lives in Cromer, Norfolk.
Graham SmithSenior Vice-President, External Affairs, Toyota Motor Europe .Graham Smith graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge, in the United Kingdom, with a Masters Degree in Economics.He subsequently gained a Diploma in Business Administration from Manchester Business School.
Graham joined Toyota (GB) PLC in 1993 as a Regional General Manager, was subsequently appointed Marketing Director in May 1994 and promoted to the position of Managing Director on 1 January 1996.He was appointed Senior Vice-President, Toyota Motor Europe, responsible for External Affairs on 1 July 2006.Concurrently he also assumed the new role of Managing Director, Toyota Motor Europe London Office, coordinating efforts in Governmental and External Affairs specifically for the UK market.Prior to joining Toyota (GB) PLC, Graham held a number of senior Sales and Marketing positions with Ford Motor Company.
In January 2003, Graham was invited to Chair the newly established UK Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) and continues to hold this position.
The LowCVP is a partnership of around 250 organisations who are stakeholders at the forefront of initiatives to reduce carbon emissions from road vehicles.
Members include representatives of vehicle manufacturers and fuels companies, environmental organisations, road user groups, academic and government bodies.
The LowCVP develops initiatives to promote the sale and supply of low carbon vehicles and fuels and provides input and advice on Government policy.
The organisation also provides a forum for partners to share knowledge and information.
On 1 January 2007, Graham was appointed for a two year term as President of the UK Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).He is also a Vice-President of the UK Institute of the Motor Industry.
On 1 January 2008 in the UK he was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen's New Year Honours for Services to the Automotive Industry.
Graham was fortunate to work with a number of experts in their field in his early years and his work for large multidisciplinary consultants led to his services often being the first port of call when problems arose.
He developed a successful case for the defence from a pile of 36 boxes on one occasion and took over as project manager to resolve technical and contractual issues for a multi-million pound claim on multidisciplinary services that was successfully resolved on another occasion.
Many issues cross boundaries between disciplines and Graham has managed cases involving structural and architectural issues, roofs seeming to be the most frequent problem.
Graham identified the true cause of the problem within 15 minutes of attending site.
The solution for the primary problem was zero cost.
A recent problem with a chiller installation that had been installed in the same manner as existing chillers was resolved via a simple change to pipework.
The existing chillers that had been underperforming for twenty years could have had their performance issues resolved in a similar manner, although modern chillers are far more efficient and replacement was recommended.
Graham has reported on a wide range of building performance issues including:
Graham has a wide range of experience, from controls engineer to running building services, multidisciplinary and energy teams.
He has also been multidisciplinary project manager for projects including replacement of wind damaged 50m hospital flues whilst keeping all services running, GCHQ Bude Training and Development Centre, Charles Cross Police Station Refurbishment, specialist government buildings, framework contracts, etc.He undertook many projects for BRE including BMS user experience studies and has undertaken controllability reviews and resolved building performance and control/controllability issues for over thirty years including recent projects in the Middle East and Germany.
Graham has been involved in the following publications:
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