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With just 16 % of jobs in rail filled by women, how can more be encouraged into an industry that offers great opportunities and thousands of new, highly skilled and rewarding roles?
We need to do more not just to attract talented women to the railway but also to keep, develop and promote them. The railway must be more representative of our society with a more diverse workforce, and we want to see more women – not just directors and managers but engineers, signallers, graduates and apprentices too – helping us to build the better, more modern railway that Britain needs.
Women in rail is the class leading campaign to support women to achieve their full potential in all parts of the rail industry. So why not join us to celebrate the launch of its new South Regional Group and for an opportunity to meet and quiz key industry leaders?
Anna Delvecchio, Commercial Account Director at Amey and leader of the Women in Rail South Regional Group (WRS) will host a networking event with railway leaders including:
Adeline Ginn – Founder of Women in Rail, General Counsel at Angel Trains
Paul Plummer – Chief Executive, Rail Delivery Group
Gordon Wakeford – MD, Siemens-Mobility Division UK
Philip Hoare – MD Transportation, Atkins Transportation, UK & Europe
Neil Robertson – National Skills Academy for Rail and
Matthew Golton – Commercial Development Director and Deputy MD, GWR
We will discuss the importance of improving diversity and closing the skills gap in our sector, particularly in the southern region. The senior support shows the importance they place on this question although the lack of gender balance sets out very clearly the challenge the industry faces.