With a background working in-house in the rail industry since 1999 on projects across the world, Michelle Craven-Faulkner has a wealth of contracting experience in the rail industry whilst acting for OEMs and various members of the industry supply chain with a focus on both rolling stock and infrastructure.
Michelle is experienced in all aspects of contract work relating to rolling stock, light rail projects and underground projects within the UK, ranging from manufacturing and renovation, freight, service and parts supply functions. She also provides advice on regulatory matters including management of Depot Licenses, Track Access Agreements, Depot Access Agreements, Depot Leases, Connection Agreements, Depot Access Conditions and Annexes and general liaison with the ORR and DFT. In addition she advises Client on a wide range of general commercial, intellectual property and IT matters.
Since leaving industry Michelle has maintained her links and is the Vice-chair of the Rail Forum Midlands, sits on the East Midlands HS2 Strategic Board, the HS2 Business Advisory Board and the Steering Group in relation to the Midlands Pilot of the Rail Sector deal. She is also regularly being called to speak at industry events, in particular on regulatory matters and points affecting SMEs in the supply chain.
She has an active involvement in the development of rail training and identifying ways to resolve the impending skills gap and works closely with BEIS and NSARE on that front. She also works closely with BEIS, DTI, the Rail Supply Group, RSG and other government agencies in order to help develop the supply chain, promote innovation and help develop skills.
Michelle continues to act for all levels of the industry ranging from technical software suppliers to the industry, major manufacturers, renovators and suppliers of temporary workers and maintenance amongst others.
Michelle has a real ability to understand her clients’ requirements in order to document them in a way that is clear, concise and user friendly. With a particular expertise in cross border arrangements and often for clients who are highly innovative both in terms of products (goods and or services) and contracting structure, Michelle works closely with clients in all sectors to achieve workable solutions.
In addition Michelle provides advice on all aspects of the supply and purchase of assets, goods and services, franchising, engineering and major projects (with a particular focus on rail and renewable energy), all manner of business to business contracts within the UK and internationally, agency and distribution.
She is also regularly called upon to speak on these topics at seminars and workshops, contributes comment and articles to the press and is a guest lecturer to local universities on Contract Law and other matters.
Michelle also holds a position as a Governor at the Derby UTC, a school specially designed for 14-19 year olds who have a real interest in science, technology and maths with a focus on encouraging more young people into roles in engineering.