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The CECA Rail Industry: A Contractor’s Story, webinar

  • Webinar
  • Online
  • 10 November 2020
  • 16:30 - 17:30
The CECA Rail Industry: A Contractor’s Story, webinar

About this event

The CECA Rail Industry presentation will outline Bill Free’s career progression and give an insight into the rail industry from the Contractors’ point of view. Bill will provide examples of the type of work that civil engineers are responsible for and you may be surprised as to how varied and complex this can be. Case studies will be presented as well as discussions about the rail industry past, present and future. Finally, he will be happy to take questions about any of the issues raised. 

Bill Free started his career in the mid-1970s and has, since leaving university, always worked for civil engineering contractors. His talk will firstly take you through his career, showing the different paths he followed before becoming firmly ensconced in the rail sector in the 1990s. The talk will also include a section on the different disciplines that civil engineers will come across if they choose to get involved in rail and an attempt to describe the labyrinthine contractual environment that governs interactions in the sector.

The presentation will be held over Microsoft Teams with the joining link and instructions provided via email after you have booked a place.  All participants will be muted throughout the presentation and a Q&A will take place at the end of the presentation via the raise hand function in MS Teams.


Bill Free

Bill is the Civil Engineering Contractors Association Rail Director. Prior to this he spent his career working for civil engineering contractors, starting as a site engineer and working up to be a ‘Site Agent’ responsible for running construction projects in the London area. 

A change of emphasis led Bill into the work winning sphere, where he worked as an estimator, planner and bid manager for Nuttall. A second change led Bill to become the Business Development Director for Carillion’s rail business, a post he held until the demise of the company. This role, held for nearly 20 years, gave him a wide range of knowledge about the industry – even including the black art of signalling.

Event venue

United Kingdom

For more information please contact:

Barbara Sweet

e: [email protected]