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Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson announced as guest speaker at RIA’s Annual Conference Dinner 2023

Railway Industry Association

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The Railway Industry Association (RIA), the voice of the UK rail supply chain, has today announced that Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE, DL is set to be the guest speaker at RIA’s Annual Conference Dinner 2023. The Dinner will take place at the Millennium Hotel, central London, on Wednesday 1 November following the first day of the Conference.

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE, DL Baroness Grey-Thompson has been an independent crossbench member of the House of Lords since 2010, where she has championed the rights of disabled people, including access to rail. She is a multi-gold medallist in Paralympic sport and has achieved an impressive haul of 11 gold and four silver medals, along with a bronze medal – all in wheelchair racing. She is a trustee of the Commonwealth Sports Foundation, an ambassador for UNICEF as well as the Chair of Sport Wales.

Grace Smithen, RIA’s Senior Marketing and Events Manager said: “Baroness Grey-Thompson is an inspirational advocate for enabling more disabled people to get into sport, as well as improving disability access on trains. We are delighted that she will speak at our Annual Conference Dinner, and we’re looking forward to what will be a fascinating speech.

“The Dinner promises to be a fun evening. In addition to Baroness Grey-Thompson’s address, guests will be treated to live music from Miss Kiddy and the Cads, who offer an eclectic mix of Bowie to Beyonce, all with a jazz twist! Afterwards, international DJ Kruel Intentions will keep attendees on their feet until the early hours!

“The RIA Annual Conference is a much-regarded highlight of the UK rail calendar, and this year’s Conference focuses on the theme of ‘promoting the case for rail and investment in uncertain times’. We have a fantastic range of speakers booked, including Rail & HS2 Minister Huw Merriman, Chief Executive of Network Rail, Andrew Haines OBE, East West Rail Chief Executive, Beth West, and the Managing Director of South Western Railway, Claire Mann, with more to be announced.

“If you haven’t secured your place at the RIA Annual Conference & Dinner yet we’d urge you to do so soon, as tickets are selling fast!”


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