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.”

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.