Keynote Speakers

Lori Frater

Lori is the Deputy Head of Water, Flood and Coal Tip Safety in the Welsh Government.  She heads up the Coal Tip Safety Task Force and leads on all aspects of the coal tip safety programme including the policy and legislative review. Prior to working on coal tip safety, she developed policy and legislation on sustainable management of natural resources and climate change, led on strategic environmental policy and delivered the largest peacetime legislation programme resulting for exiting the EU.  She has represented the Welsh Government in international partnerships on biodiversity and sustainability. She is a barrister, who specialised in international environmental law.

Rhona Marsland

Rhona is currently Asset Lead for Earthworks and Drainage at the Office of Rail and Road.  She is a Chartered Civil Engineer and UK Registered Ground Engineering with over 15 years of experience, primarily within the railway engineering industry in the UK, Ireland and Canada.

Rhona has engineering management capability and is experienced in design and asset management of rail systems; including electrification, civil engineering design and remediation.  Her design experience is complemented by on-site roles including investigation and construction supervision, as well as project management ability.

Her rail experience ranges from engineering manager roles on the East West Rail Phase 2, the CA$6.3 billion major public transit project – Réseau Express Métropolitain (REM) in Canada, and Designer roles.

She is an Institution of Civil Engineers Reviewer, assessing candidates seeking Professional Qualification. Further, she is the Vice Chair of the ICE CPD Panel, due to take on the Chair role in 2023, as well as a member of the Professionalism Panel.  She is a Non-Executive Director at Sustrans, providing advice and support to the charity with respect to the management of its structures assets. 

Youssef Hashas

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