Posted on May 8, 2013 · Posted in General IRO news

The annual members’ lunch was held at The Mermaid, Puddle Dock, London, on 19th April 2013. Over 200 people were present at the function, which proved to be a very enjoyable event for all attending.

Richard Brown















Mr Richard Brown, Chairman of Eurostar, was a great guest speaker. He gave a most enlightening talk on the current challenges facing the UK railway industry and how it compared very favourably with those on the continent. Richard was requested to give a prediction on how the industry would develop over the next five years and he promised to come back to review his forecast.

For the first time at the annual lunch awards were given to the Area Councils in recognition of the work they do for the IRO all around the country and round the clock to put on speakers, classes and visits for those involved with the railway. Nominees were chosen for their outstanding contribution by each Area Council and the winners of the inaugural awards were:


  • Irish Area: Dick Fern
  • Midlands Area: Mike Christelow
  • North East Area: Jason Wade
  • North West & North Wales Area: Tom Cox
  • Scottish Area: Jim Gillies
  • South East Area: Gary Mewis
  • South West & South Wales Area: Chris Prior
  • Young Operators: Louise Gale & Petr Mikyska