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RISQS Newsletter - November 2019

RISQS Extraordinary Buyers Meeting

We are inviting all Managing Directors (MDs) and Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of buying organisations only to an Extraordinary Meeting for all Buyers in RISQS on Monday 2 December 2019.

The purpose of the meeting is to ensure that MDs and CEOs are up to date on recent developments of the Competition Appeal Tribunal’s judgement on the case relating to Supplier Assurance in the rail industry, between Network Rail and Achilles Information Limited. 

We will provide MDs and CEOs in attendance with information on the current and future direction for the supplier assurance industry and how RISQS will work in collaboration with industry to ensure that buyers are not unduly affected through the fracturing of assurance.

The meeting will include presentations from Ian Prosser, HM Chief Inspector of Railways at ORR, and Ken Blackley, Head of Commercial, Process & Governance at Network Rail about the importance, value and benefits of supporting the official rail industry scheme.

If you are a Buyer Member of RISQS, ensure that your CEO/MD is made aware of the event.

For more information or to speak to a member of the RISQS team, please contact:


Benchmarking: A new feature in RISQS

A new benchmarking tool will go live on the RISQS Portal soon.  This will mean buyers can get a clearer picture of the calibre of suppliers they shortlist.

The benchmarking feature allows suppliers to see how they compare to others on performance against key criteria, based on information acquired through the registration and qualification process. The introduction of benchmarking will help to drive improvements within the supply chain and ensure that buyers can continue to use RISQS with confidence.

More information about benchmarking will be sent to your organisation shortly through separate communications.



The RSSB Supply Chain Assurance Conference 2020

The 2nd annual RSSB Supply Chain Assurance Conference, formerly the RISQS Annual Conference, will be taking place on Tuesday 31 March 2020 at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry. The conference will delve into specific RSSB schemes such as Cyber Security, Road Safety Accreditation, RISQS and RISAS. Keynote speakers and further information will be announced shortly.

Please register your interest to attend here: . Sponsorship and exhibition packages are also available.


Suppliers to rail: Be part of something bigger

Alasdair Reisner, chair of the RISQS committee, has written a short blog on why more suppliers should consider joining the RISQS scheme. For more information on the rail industry’s only supplier assurance scheme and to understand the benefits from joining the scheme which currently boasts of over 100+ buyers and circa 4000 supplier members, visit the RISQS website to read his blog.


Working Groups Update

Buyer Consultation Group Updates

The previous buyers Consultation meeting proved to be a success. New working groups were set up as a result of collaboration between attendees – RICCL and Modern Slavery.

RISQS key contacts are encouraged to share information on future meetings throughout their organisation to encourage attendance by both procurement and assurance staff.

For further information contact us through


Supplier Consultation Group Updates

Amanda Bate, Group Head of Compliance for Fusion People Ltd, has now taken over the role of Vice Chair of the RISQS Supplier Consultation Group following the resignation of Paul Clunn due to his change of role.

I have worked in rail safety, quality and compliance for the past 15 years and have extensive experience of the RISQS process. I am delighted to be taking up this role and I look forward to being a real conduit between supplier members and the RISQS team at RSSB. I have seen great improvement in the scheme in the last few years and I am determined that this should continue for the benefit of the whole rail industry”.

 For more information or to contact Amanda, please email her at


Modern Slavery Working Group

The Modern Slavery Working Group will meet in early November with representatives from Transport for London, Transport for Wales, Network Rail, HS2, RSSB and RISQS buyers and suppliers.

The group will determine what requirements need to be incorporated into RISQS, ensuring good practice and following legislative requirements required by industry.

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