Women in Rail is delighted to announce its second award ceremony, on the evening of Wednesday 15 May 2019, at the historic Roundhouse in Camden. The evening will be hosted by Rachel Riley, Television Presenter and STEM Ambassador.

The Women in Rail Awards aim to showcase and reward individuals and companies (large or small) who have made a significant contribution to improving gender balance, diversity and inclusion in the UK railway industry.

The first Women in Rail Awards took place on 19 April 2018 to coincide with the fifth anniversary of the official launch of the Women in Rail group. Attendance was sold out in just 8 weeks and over 350 entries were received, demonstrating our industry’s commitment to supporting the Women in Rail agenda and rewarding those companies and individuals who work hard to improve gender balance, diversity and inclusion in our sector.

The Judges from the 2018 panel commented that “It was truly inspirational reading about the achievements and dedication of the nominees. There is a real sense of recognition at all levels across rail that growing diversity in the workforce is how our sector will grow and prosper.”

The Women in Rail Awards are attended by a cross section of the UK railway industry, including key stakeholders and decision makers, infrastructure providers, operators, manufacturers, rolling stock companies, technical consultancy companies and suppliers to name a few.

The Host

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Rachel Riley

The Host

Women in Rail is delighted to welcome back Rachel Riley as the host of the 2019 Awards.

Rachel is the numbers expert on Channel 4’s long-running quiz show Countdown and a resident team member on the hit Channel 4 comedy show 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown.

Rachel has appeared on Room 101, Top Gear and Would I Lie To You (BBC). She co-presented It’s Not Rocket Science for ITV and has appeared on several TV quiz shows raising money for charity including: Celebrity Mastermind, Pointless Celebrities (BBC 1), The Chase (ITV), The Bank Job, Million Pound Drop and Fifteen to One (Channel 4).

Rachel is an avid Manchester United fan. She has presented Fantasy Football Club and Friday Night Football on Sky Sports. She has appeared on Football Focus (BBC 1), Soccer AM (Sky Sports) and Follow the Football (BT Sport). She has also presented shows on MUTV as well as featuring on BBC Radio 5 Live and talkSPORT radio.

Brought up in Thorpe Bay, Essex, Rachel graduated with a degree in Mathematics, covering Quantum Theory, Fluid Mechanics and Applied Maths from Oriel College, Oxford.

Rachel has a keen interest in promoting maths and science to young people and has been involved in a number of national numeracy initiatives. She is involved with Premier League Primary Stars, an initiative designed to help develop children’s skills and ambition both on and off the sports field. Rachel’s professionalism, intellect and versatility make her ideal for a variety of corporate work, from hosting awards ceremonies to fronting PR campaigns.

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Karen Boswell OBE

CAO and MD
Hitachi Rail

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Elodie Brian

Interim Chief Financial Officer,
Go Ahead

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Tim Danvers

Head of Business Development – Rail,
SNC- Lavalin Atkins

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Shamit Gaiger

Director of Strategic Advisory,

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Ruth Hannant

Director General,
Rail Group, Department for Transport

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Polly Payne

Director General,
Rail Group, Department for Transport

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Mohanad Ismail

National Vice-Chair, Young Rail Professionals &
Senior System Consultant, WSP

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Clair Mowbray

Chief Executive Officer,
National College for High Speed Rail

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Arooba Noor

Project Planning Apprentice,
Transport for London

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Paul Plummer

Chief Executive Officer,
Rail Delivery Group

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Ian Prosser CBE

Director of Railway Safety & HM Chief Inspector of Railways, Office of Rail and Road

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Rajinder Pryor

Engagement Lead,
Digital Railway Programme, Network Rail

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Neil Robertson

Chief Executive,
National Skills Academy for Rail

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Maggie Simpson

Executive Director,
Rail Freight Group

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Kevin Tribley

Chief Executive Officer,
Angel Trains