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Leeds conductor receives accolade at young Asian achievement awards

A train conductor from Leeds has received a well-deserved accolade at the young Asian achievement awards. 

Zahida Sultana, 24, who has worked for the train operator Northern since July 2020 has been named as a runner up in the public sector category at the Yorkshire Asian Young Achiever Awards – a scheme which celebrates people who have overcome deprivation and disadvantage or have broken down traditional barriers to progress.  

Zahida said: “It was an honour to receive this as a reward for my representation of young asian females working within the railway industry. I would like to thank my manager Kelly and all of Northern for all the support I have received.”  

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She added that she wants to encourage more people from her background to join the rail industry.  

“I was aware the railway was driving more women to join but I had never seen a Hijab-wearing asian female in the conductor role. I was motivated to change this and represent all young asian females in this sector.  

“Upon joining Northern I was greatly welcomed and was not made to feel out of place at all.”  

Tony Baxter, regional director for Northern, said: “Congratulations to Zahida. She is a fantastic colleague and makes a difference to the business every day. We are all very proud of her achievement.”  

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