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Women in Rail Awards 2022 winners announced

The fifth Women in Rail Awards took place on Thursday 19 May at the stunning and iconic Roundhouse, Camden London.

Delivered by Nimble Media, the event was attended by over 700 individuals from across the rail industry, coming to celebrate colleagues, teams and companies, who work hard to support others and to help create a more gender balanced, diverse and inclusive work culture in our industry.

The TRAX Choir performed as guests entered the iconic Roundhouse to attend the Champagne reception.

The ceremony was opened by Christine Fernandes, Chair of Women in Rail. She was followed on stage by Conrad Bailey, Director General for Rail Strategy and Services Group, Department of Transport and by Gemma Cairney, Broadcaster, Youth Rights Activist and Author, who was the evening’s host.

Christine Fernandes

The calibre of this year’s nominations was truly remarkable. Women in Rail received over 300 entries from – and in respect of – a wide range of individuals, teams and companies in the railway sector, many of them from male allies nominating their female co-workers. The judges admitted having a very difficult task selecting who should be shortlisted and ultimately win.

The evening saw 10 awards being presented across individual and team and corporate categories. Launched in line with the Women in Rail and Railway Industry Association EDI Charter, The Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Award was introduced to showcase those organisations, teams or individuals who have developed a strong and successful approach to EDI. A Special Recognition was awarded to eight exceptional shortlisted nominees.

Conrad Bailey

The Adeline Ginn Women in Rail Award was presented to Jacqueline Harrington, Legal Secretary, ODL & Insurance Manager for Angel Trains and Sigourney Doyne, Team Secretary at CS2 Limited, for being an integral part of the Women in Rail journey and have been, in the words of the team, the backbone of Women in Rail alongside Adeline for many years.

The judges specifically requested that all the nominees be commended for their hard work, selfless dedication, and commitment and that a huge thank you be directed to all those, and especially male allies, who nominated for this year’s Women in Rail Awards.

Christine Fernandes, Chair of Women in Rail and Business Development at CAF Rail UK said: “It was a fabulous evening and so well supported by the industry. This year, yet again saw a tremendous diversity of entries.

“Congratulations to all the winners and shortlist it really just goes to demonstrate what an amazing and talented industry we have.”

David McLoughlin, CEO of the Business Daily Group, was one of the judges for the awards. He said: “The Women in Rail Awards is a shining example of the best in rail – and the bar was, as always, set incredibly high.

“I would like to say a huge ‘well done’ to everyone who was in the running this year. Every entry highlighted outstanding achievements from women working in rail at all levels and within many disciplines.

“A diverse workforce is a stronger workforce. The Women in Rail Awards stands as an important example of why rail businesses need to ensure they open their doors to welcome diverse, forward-thinking teams.”

Women in Rail would like to extend a big thank you to all the 2022 Sponsors:

Headline Sponsors: Alstom

Category Sponsors: AmcoGiffen, BAM Nuttall Ltd, Beacon Rail, Deloitte UK, Egis Transport Solutions, KeolisAmey Docklands and Morson Group

Fundraising Sponsor: Telent Technology Services Ltd

Table Gift Sponsor: Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) Table Decoration Sponsor: Rail People Solutions

Organisers say the awards received tremendous feedback and they look forward to celebrating our inspirational colleagues with you again next year at the Women in Rail Awards 2023!

Shortlist: Female Apprentice of the Year Award sponsored by BAM Nuttall Ltd

Elaine Yip
  1. Elaine Yip – Apprentice Civil Engineer, Mott MacDonald
  2. Elizabeth Lewis – Environmental & Sustainability Apprentice, Balfour Beatty
  3. Marnie McKay – Engineer, Atkins
  4. Nadia Davidson – Station Sales Clerk, Southern (Govia Thameslink Railway)
  5. Raphaela Boghi – Aspire Apprentice – Performance, Great Western Railway

Winner: Elaine Yip, Apprentice Civil Engineer for Mott MacDonald

Special Recognition: Nadia Davidson, Station Sales Clerk for Southern

Shortlist: Rising Star of the Year Award sponsored by Beacon Rail Leasing Limited

  1. Catherine Baker – Civil Engineer, Mott MacDonald
  2. Ellie Jackson – SHEQ & Social Value Coordinator, Morgan Sindall
  3. Ellie Revill – Assistant Welder / TR80 Hand Grinder, Renown Railway
  4. Jasmine Waller – Mod Technician, TXM Group and Hitachi Rail
  5. Lara Lightfoot – Project Agent, Story Contracting

Winner: Jasmine Waller, Mod Technician, TXM Group and Hitachi Rail

Special Recognition: Ellie Revill, Welding Assistant for Renown Railway

Shortlist: Inspirational Man of the Year Award

  1. Chris Buckley – Head of Organisation Development, East Midlands Railway
  2. Huw Jones – Divisional Director Rail, BAM Nuttall
  3. Matthew Foote – Route Operations Manager York and Sheffield, Network Rail

Winner: Huw Jones, Divisional Director Rail for BAM Nuttall

Special Recognition: Matthew Foote, Route Operations Manager York and Sheffield for Network Rail

Shortlist: Inspirational Woman of the Year Award sponsored by Morson Group

Celia Morris
  1. Ana Maria Castillo Serna – Head of Supply Chain and Category Management, Network Rail
  2. Celia Morris – Divisional Training & Development Manager, Mott MacDonald
  3. Chloe Tucknott – Rail Plant Operations Director, Balfour Beatty
  4. Karen Wallace – Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager, ScotRail
  5. Marie Hill – Chief Transformation & Digitalisation Officer, DB Cargo UK
  6. Nike Folayan – Technical Director, WSP UK Ltd
  7. Susan Harris – Project Controls Director – Transportation, Atkins

Winner: Celia Morris, Divisional Training & Development Manager for Mott MacDonald

Special Recognition: Dr Nike Folayan MBE, Technical Director for WSP

Shortlist: Best Training or Development Programme Award

  1. Skills 4
  2. Network Rail
  3. Steer

Winner: Skills 4 Limited

Special Recognition: Network Rail, East Midlands Frontline Maintenance Team

Shortlist: Social Inclusion Award sponsored by AmcoGiffen

  1. Northern Trains Ltd
  2. Siemens Mobility
  3. TransPennine Express
  4. Transpennine Route Upgrade (West)

Winner: TransPennine Express

Special Recognition: Siemens Mobility

Shortlist: Top Employer of the Year Award (Under 250 Employees) sponsored by KeolisAmey Docklands

  1. FJD Consulting Ltd
  2. ETS – Egis Transport Solutions

Winner: ETS – Egis Transport Solutions

Shortlist: Top Employer of the Year Award (Over 250 Employees)

  1. Atkins Ltd
  2. Siemens Mobility
  3. Southeastern Railway

Winner: Southeastern

Shortlist: The Equality Diversity and Inclusion Award sponsored by Deloitte UK

  1. Angelina Sooren – HSQE Director, Ground Control Limited
  2. Anita Gray – Head of Inclusion & Diversity, Worldline IT Services UK Ltd
  3. Karen Wallace – Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager, ScotRail
  4. Northern Trains Ltd
  5. Siemens Mobility
  6. West Midlands Trains

Winner: Karen Wallace, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager for ScotRail

Special Recognition: Anita Gray, Head of Diversity and Inclusion for MTS UK, Worldline

Special Recognition: Northern

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