YRP Annual Dinner & Awards Ceremony – 2020

The YRP 2020 Annual Dinner will be hosted at the Emirates Old Trafford Cricket Club in Manchester on the Evening of Thursday 23rd April 2020.

It is with great excitement that Young Rail Professionals (YRP) now reveals the date and location of their 2020 Annual Black Tie Awards Dinner and Dance!

The renowned event, next year in its 10th edition, will take place during the evening of Thursday 23rd April 2020 at the stunning Emirates Old Trafford Cricket Ground in Manchester.

Every year YRP hosts a dazzling black-tie dinner and awards ceremony, in order to showcase and celebrate the achievements of young professionals working throughout the industry, as well as to inspire them to become the future leaders of rail. The event is attended by some of the largest and most influential organisations and individuals from across the industry, and thus presents an incredible opportunity to network and socialise with like-minded professionals of all ages who understand the importance of supporting and investing in the future of the industry’s workforce.

This year will see the event held for the first time in the North West, which is a huge cause for celebration in the region for YRP. Manchester has a wealth of railway history and heritage, making it an ideal location for the dinner. As important as the history of rail in this region is its future. In the coming years, the North of England will see significant investment in the rail sector, some future programmes could make up the biggest transport interventions in the region since the industrial revolution.

By hosting the Annual Dinner in Manchester, YRP will play its part in showcasing the wealth of upcoming opportunities within the North West and wider region, where it hopes to attract a large number of skilled young people in order to deliver major upgrades to the rail network in the North of England.

 David Westcough, YRP National Chair said:

“The Annual Dinner is Young Rail Professionals’ (YRP) flagship event which attracts hundreds of people from across the rail industry to celebrate the achievements of young people working within it. 2020 will see the 10th edition of the dinner and the first time it is hosted in the North West, where I am immensely excited for what will be another incredible evening!”


 CPC Project Services LLP will once again be the exclusive sponsor for the event and YRP are extremely grateful for the support this organisation provides to us. Steve Mole, Managing Partner at CPC Project Services LLP said:

“We are proud to sponsor YRP’s Annual Dinner for 2020.  This key event is one of the largest of its kind in the UK, celebrating the achievements, commitment and passion of the next generation of professionals that are building their careers in rail.  We’ve been part of the industry for nearly 30 years and this new decade has the potential to be one of the most exciting times for rail, particularly in the North of England, where the dinner in 2020 will take place”



The venue for the 2020 annual dinner will be the stunning Emirates Old Trafford Cricket Ground, home to the Lancashire County Cricket Club. The dinner will take place in the Point suite. The Point is an elevated suite with a stunning aspect and its enormous seven-metre windows allow unrivalled and unimpeded panoramic views across a beautiful backdrop of a world famous cricket pitch. It includes a mezzanine bar overlooking the main suite which will be used for welcome drinks and post event networking and celebrations.


Keynote Speaker

We are absolutely delighted to announce that the YRP 2020 Annual Dinner keynote speaker will be Andrew Haines, Chief Executive at Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd. Andrew was appointed Chief Executive and Board Member of Network Rail in August 2018. Prior to this, he served as the Chief Executive of the Civil Aviation Authority following a wide-ranging career in the rail industry, which included roles as Managing Director of South West Trains, and Managing Director of the Rail division for First Group plc.




As part of our mandate to promote, inspire and develop young individuals working within the rail sector, it is crucial to commend the contributions and achievements of the young professionals who are driving the industry forward. Through the Young Rail Professional Awards, YRP is looking to celebrate individuals who have demonstrated commitment to the railway industry, be it via their outstanding ability, inspiring others or simply doing something extraordinary.

In order to recognise and celebrate the achievement of talented and passionate young rail professionals at varying stages of their career, YRP will be presenting 3 awards in the following categories:

  1. Young Professional of the Year
  2. Young Rail Professionals’ Apprentice of the Year
  3. Young Rail Professionals’ Mentor of the Year


Full details of the awards can be found here: YRP 2020 Awards



Ticket prices for the 2020 event can be seen below. All prices include a welcome drink on arrival, 3 course meal with coffee and half a bottle of wine per person. Table prices are for tables of 10 people.

We are fast approaching capacity for the venue with almost all spaces sold out! For Individual YRP Member Tickets please book HERE














A live band and DJ will play throughout the event, with a DJ playing until 0300 in the mezzanine bar.



Manchester and the surrounding area offers a vast number of budget and luxury hotels, these include but not limited to:

  • On-site accommodation – The Hilton Garden Inn emirates Old Trafford is a band new hotel with 150 rooms located at the venue.
  • Within 5 to 10 minutes drive – Hotel Football Old Trafford, Premier Inn Manchester Old Trafford, Copthorne Hotel Manchester, Hotel IBIS Budget Manchester Salford Quays, AC Hotel by Marriott Manchester Salford Quays, Holiday Inn Express Manchester Salford Quays, Premier Inn Manchester Salford Quays.
  • Hotels within close proximity to Manchester Piccadilly Train Station – Hotel IBIS Budget Manchester Centre, Macdonald Manchester Hotel, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Manchester Piccadilly, Motel One, Holiday Inn Manchester City Centre, ABode Manchester, Malmaison Manchester.


Getting to the venue

Find details on methods to get to the venue on the Emirates Old Trafford website: Getting to the Venue

For any further information please contact the YRP annual dinner team on dinnerenquiries@youngrailpro.com or for awards related enquiries, please contact the YRP awards team on award@youngrailpro.com