Angel Trains

Angel Trains is one of Britain’s leading train leasing companies and has been an owner and lessor of rolling stock since 1994. The company leases to all 19 franchised operators and two open access operators in the UK.

Angel Trains is passionate about financing and delivering high quality modern assets to its customers and is committed to working with the Government, the Rail Delivery Group, the Rail Supply Group and other stakeholders to provide innovative funding solutions to modernise and improve the UK’s train fleet. Angel Trains has invested £4.7 billion in new rolling stock and refurbishment programmes since 1994 and is one of the largest private investors in the industry.

“Angel Trains is wholly committed to supporting the diversification of the rail industry’s workforce and is dedicated to encouraging more women to view the UK rail sector as a long-lasting career option. Angel Trains is proud to sponsor the Women in Rail Awards 2018, designed to celebrate future talent and employers, whilst shining a light on women leading industry innovation and improving the UK’s railways.

The Women in Rail group which was founded by Adeline Ginn, General Counsel at Angel Trains, provides networking opportunities and support for all women in the rail industry. Now in its fifth year, the group promotes rail as an attractive career choice to younger generations and influences key stakeholders and undertakings to support and encourage initiatives aimed at improving gender balance and bridging the skills gap in UK rail.”

Amey Plc

Creating better places is Amey’s purpose and our passion. Our team of 19,000 works across four continents – making us a leading supplier of consulting and infrastructure support services both in the UK and internationally.

We’ve been in business for nearly 100 years. We’re proud of our long history and the difference we make; serving the communities we work in, whatever the weather and whatever the challenge.

We create safer, smarter, and sustainable places to live, work and travel. By designing, building, maintaining and investing in our country’s services and infrastructure we make a difference including engineering, facilities management, utilities, transport, environmental services, defence and justice.

We know these are the services that matter – the ones you rely on at home and on the move. That makes us the faces behind the services you use every day – and together, we’re helping to create better places to live, work and travel.
Amey is the first in its industry to be awarded Leaders in Diversity status for our ongoing commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion and we are the only company in the industry to hold both Investors in People Gold and Champion status.

Amey is proud to sponsor the inaugural Women in Rail awards and celebrate the women who support our rail industry at every level; from the apprentices and graduates forging new careers in our industry, through to the women whose skills and leadership in driving change and innovation make them role models for the next generation of rail professionals.

At Amey, we work continuously to make inclusivity part of both the industry’s and our own DNA. We want services to be inclusive of the wide range of people in the communities we serve and we strive for fairness, respect and equality of opportunity for all who work in our industry.

That’s why we’re proud to help shine the spotlight on the women in the rail sector who share this passion for inclusion and equality; who often use their own time to find new and innovative ways to bring more women into our industry. The Women in Rail awards is the perfect opportunity to celebrate their achievements, leadership and skills that shape our industry for the better.

Morson Group

Morson Group is a respected name in the engineering industry, offering a unique blend of recruitment and design consultancy. Since 1969 we’ve helped people worldwide to find their perfect job, and helped companies to find the best talent for their business.

We also provide leading engineering and design solutions to major capital projects using the latest technology and systems. Complementing our service offering is our cyber security division who supply market leading technology to help protect businesses against internal and external cyber threats.

“At Morson we are proud to work with so many inspiring, committed, intelligent and ambitious women. We recently pledged to double the number of females we have in engineering roles by the end of the decade, recognising that if we are to succeed as individuals, as teams, as companies and within industry we need to address the gender imbalance. We have a responsibility to facilitate positive challenge be it through changing perceptions of industry with events, such as the Women in Rail awards, or encouraging future talent through work placements and talks.

The Women in Rail awards showcases the proactive work being done towards creating a culture of accessible and visible opportunities for all in an industry typically seen as male dominated. By supporting the awards, Morson celebrates the significant contributions of people and organisations who have improved workforce diversity within the UK rail industry.”


Hitachi Rail Europe Ltd is a leading manufacturer in total railway solutions, covering rolling stock, signalling, service delivery and traffic management. Our Global Head Office is located in Central London and we currently operate from project offices across the UK, several depot locations and our new state-of-the-art rail vehicle manufacturing facility in Newton Aycliffe.

Our Class 395 Javelin trains currently in operation on the HS1 route have proven our capability in the UK, based on a blend of British and Japanese technical expertise. The Intercity Express Programme, Abellio ScotRail franchise and contracts with First Group for their West of England and Transpennine routes will see our teams deliver over 200 new trains over the next two years. We are now looking to expand our operations further to build upon our global reputation for quality, reliability, innovation, design and technological leadership.

Hitachi Rail Europe is an equal opportunities employer and we welcome all applications. We are also a member of the WISE campaign which inspires girls and women to study and build careers using science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

“The business case for diversity is undeniable and at Hitachi Rail Europe, we want to benefit from all possible talent sources to enable us to build the most collaborative, innovative and effective all-round team possible. In an engineering and STEM environment, gender balance is especially important in this respect and potentially a stubborn nut to crack.

Emerging Talent programmes such as our expanding Apprenticeship programme are particularly important as elements of a broader Inclusivity strategy. 
Sponsoring the Women in Rail Awards more generally is a statement of our commitment to skills, talent and diversity within our industry. Sponsoring the ‘Female Apprentice of the Year’ category emphasises our passionate focus on giving smart, inspired apprentices the opportunity to build their career at Hitachi. 
Of course more generally, Women in Rail is a successful programme contributing to transforming the wider rail industry and deserving of our support. We look forward to the event and encourage people from across all areas of rail to enter and celebrate their successes!”

Railway Industry Association

The Railway Industry Association (RIA) is the representative body for UK-based suppliers to the UK and world-wide railways.

It has some 200 companies in membership and the sector employs 240,000 people and contributes annually £11 billion Gross Value Added (GVA). It is also a growing industry with the number of rail journeys expected to double over the next 25 years and freight set to grow significantly too.

RIA’s membership is active across the whole of railway supply, covering a diverse range of products and services and including both multi-national companies and SMEs (60% by number).

RIA works to promote the importance of the rail system to UK plc, to help export UK expertise around the globe and to share best practice and innovation across the industry.

Improving diversity is vital for the industry and the Railway Industry Association is therefore delighted to be supporting the Women in Rail Awards as a key initiative in promoting inclusion and recognising women in the industry.

The UK is facing a skills shortage in industries like engineering and science, but we will not be able to close the gap if half of the population feel like these jobs are not for them. By showcasing those women who are leading the way, we can hope to inspire the next generation who may not previously have thought of going into the rail sector.

Together we will work with our members in the supply chain to drive for a more diverse industry in the future!

Go-Ahead Group

Go-Ahead is a leading passenger transport provider, enabling more than a billion journeys around the world each year on our bus and rail services. Using a devolved approach to the management of our companies, Go-Ahead’s services are locally branded and empowered to respond directly to the needs of the local communities we serve.

This ensures that customers and colleagues can deliver at a local level, the company’s vision of a world where every journey is taken care of.

Diversity in the workplace is a key part of ensuring our companies represent the local communities they serve and wider society. Providing an environment with role models in visible leadership positions, flexible working, mentoring and apprenticeships are just some of the ways we are attracting women to work with us.

However, to be the leading employer in the industry we know there is more to be done, which is why we support the Women in Rail awards. Our vision of taking care of every journey doesn’t just mean passenger journeys, it also means making sure that our colleagues and prospective colleagues have everything they need to succeed and are recognised accordingly.

BAM Nuttall

BAM Nuttall has a reputation for doing things differently and for challenging the norm. Our culture inspires our people not to accept the status quo but to push the boundaries and go that little bit further.

BAM is a leading edge supplier of civil engineering services as a principal contractor on major infrastructure projects. As founding members of the Institute of Collaborative Working we embrace the concept of developing close relationships with our customers, stakeholders and suppliers at the earliest stage of the project life cycle to develop the optimum solution for project development and delivery.

As part of the international Royal BAM Group, we are striving to be at the forefront of digitalisation by using cutting edge design, visualisation tools and keeping close to our customers evolving requirements. Our 2020 Strategy drives BAM towards building the present and creating the future to realise a net positive impact on climate, resources and local communities.

We recognise the importance of diversity and how vital it is for our industry currently facing a skills shortage. Our Women@BAM group, founded in 2011, continues to work on addressing gender imbalances. We are strongly committed to encouraging and retaining a diverse workforce.

We want to reach the potential of all our employees, utilising our strengths to enable us to reach our optimum performance and to come up with innovative solutions. We are delighted to sponsor the Women in Rail Awards, a truly great opportunity to celebrate inspirational leaders and emerging talent in the rail industry.

Rail Safety and Standards Board

RSSB is committed to equality, and values diversity within its workforce. We embrace diversity and seek to provide an inclusive working environment.

This year we have appointed a diversity and inclusion champion from our Senior Leadership Team, who all participated in an Inclusive Leadership and Diversity workshop. We are developing a new company strategy on diversity and inclusion in the coming year. RSSB staff actively participate in the Women in Rail programme; both mentoring and being mentored through the programme.

As part of our commitment to this strategy, both within RSSB and beyond, we are happy to sponsor the Highest Gender Balanced and Diverse Workforce Award. In the same way that RSSB has a big picture view of the rail industry, this award does the same. Looking at all employees, through all grades, and across all job roles. A diverse and gender balanced workforce is shown to produce better outcomes for all.

If we are to ensure that we engage the best people in our industry, pathways must be opened for women to participate and achieve at all levels. RSSB applauds the organisations nominated for this award, which are demonstrating the success we all aim for.

Atkins Global

SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business is one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies.

Together, SNC-Lavalin, a globally fully integrated professional services and project management company and Atkins help our clients plan, design and enable major capital projects, and provide expert consultancy that covers the full lifecycle of projects.

We strive to build strong relationships by understanding the challenges our clients face, sharing their vision and helping them transform potential into reality. Our world-class expertise at scale delivers value to our clients, and the depth and breadth of our capabilities sets us apart from the competition.

SNC-Lavalin and Atkins recognise the need to build a strong and diverse workforce in the engineering sector and we are fully supportive of increasing the number of women working in the sector. As a proud sponsor of the Women in Rail Awards 2018 we look forward to celebrating the success of those already working in the sector who are helping to shape the future of the UK’s rail networks.

These awards are a great place to showcase the wonderfully skilled women working in engineering across the UK and we’re delighted to be able to contribute to this great initiative. Celebrating their achievements will help encourage more women to become engineers help build a more diverse workforce.


Siemens has had a presence in the UK since 1843. The company’s founder, William Siemens, was one of the leading industrialists of the Victorian age, turning his concepts and inventions into practical solutions – many of which were world firsts. And the company is still focusing on innovation today.

People expect and need solutions that make their daily travel simpler, more flexible, faster, more reliable and affordable. That’s where the Siemens Mobility division comes in, offering a comprehensive portfolio of products, services and solutions for rail and road infrastructure.

From supplying traffic management systems (Intelligent Traffic Systems), providing the UK’s first very high speed train, the Eurostar e320 (Rolling Stock), signalling London Underground’s Victoria Line to world class standards (Rail Automation), to helping electrify our railways (Rail Electrification) – with manufacturing facilities and maintenance depots around the country.

In total the company employs some 4,000 people in its transport-businesses, all of whom are focused on making life easier for people and businesses.

Siemens has seen first-hand the benefits of having a diverse and inclusive workforce, and values the many people within the business who contribute to this on a daily basis. But there is still work to do to make the wider rail industry a balanced and equal place to work. As such, Siemens is delighted to sponsor the Women in Rail Awards 2018, which is helping to promote the sector to those already transforming the UK’s railways, as well as engaging the next generation of engineers and beyond.

We have a responsibility to not only attract and retain women, but people from all walks of life into the rail industry. To this end, Siemens is proud to support and champion the many talented people who commit themselves to this purpose. There is a real movement within the industry, exemplified by these awards, to improve opportunities and promote inclusivity within the industry, and it is only right that we celebrate the achievements of the many amazing women in rail.

Direct Rail Services Ltd

At DRS we put our clients first and build tailor made transport solutions, where necessary partnering with other specialist logistic suppliers to offer a one stop shop and a purpose build, turnkey service.

DRS are a wholly owned subsidiary of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA). The company was established in 1995 as a lynch pin supplier of transport and associated services to the nuclear industry.

DRS is a profitable and dynamic business that is achieving sustained growth with current turnover levels running at around £75 million a year and employing more than 400 staff. Whilst DRS continue to support the decommissioning activities of its parent company, it has successfully extended its service offerings into a number of new and exciting rail market sectors.

Our organisation has a challenging and complex remit, which will require full contribution from all our people. We expect the best from them. They should expect the best from us. We want to develop a respectful, inclusive working environment in which we are recognised as an inclusive, progressive employer, treating our skilled and diverse workforce with respect and integrity, and where we all recognise and value the contribution made by everyone, irrespective of age, gender or any other personal characteristic.

As we evolve our business and ways of working, we rely on the contribution, performance and innovation of our leaders and workforce to deliver that transformational change. We will lead and engage our teams effectively to make sure people feel comfortable to be themselves at work, with equality of opportunity for all, free from any form of discriminatory behaviour or process. In this way we will maximise our effectiveness, deliver our mission and create a positive and successful future. DRS are proud to sponsor the Women in Rail Awards.