Hello and welcome to the Women in Rail East Midlands Regional Group!

The Women in Rail East Midlands Regional Group (WREM Group) officially launched in June 2017.  We are here to support and empower members of Women in Rail based in the East Midlands, provide them with a forum to develop their network locally and support them in their professional development, personal growth and confidence.

The WREM Group is led by Kristin Thorslund (Leader/Chair), Sarah Reid (Vice Chair) and supported by Caitlin Richardson (Finance Manager), Charmaine Welch (Communications Manager), Rebecca Adams and Jennifer Walpole (Events Manager) and Melina Leary (Secretary).

All are volunteers, with full time day jobs, collectively representing a cross-section of the railway industry in the East Midlands region and are passionate about working together in the East Midlands to support the diversity ambitions championed by Women in Rail.

To make sure you do not miss out on the wide range of activities organised by the WREM Group, register on the Contact Us page and join the Women in Rail community in the East Midlands. Membership is completely free and will give you access to the local and national events organised by the team.

The Women in Rail East Midlands Regional Group (WREM Group) officially launched in June 2017.  We are here to support and empower members of Women in Rail based in the East Midlands, provide them with a forum to develop their network locally and support them in their professional development, personal growth and confidence.

The WREM Group is led by Kristin Thorslund (Leader/Chair), Sarah Reid (Vice Chair) and supported by Caitlin Richardson (Finance Manager), Charmaine Welch (Communications Manager), Rebecca Adams and Jennifer Walpole (Events Manager) and Melina Leary (Secretary).

All are volunteers, with full time day jobs, collectively representing a cross-section of the railway industry in the East Midlands region and are passionate about working together in the East Midlands to support the diversity ambitions championed by Women in Rail.

To make sure you do not miss out on the wide range of activities organised by the WREM Group, register on the Contact Us page and join the Women in Rail community in the East Midlands. Membership is completely free and will give you access to the local and national events organised by the team.

See you soon!

Kristin Thorslund (Head of Bids EMEA, Bombardier Transportation)

Kristin is a high performing Leader with a passion for winning and building successful teams.

She is experienced in handling cross-cultural challenges and the ability to communicate across different levels of the organisation.

She also has strong governance and management skills and a true can-do attitude.

Kristin is pragmatic and target-oriented in approach, and focusses on achieving results by enabling and empowering the organisation by coaching and through the application of agile and effective problem solving skills.

A Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and qualified Energy Leadership Coach. She holds a combined Business and Engineering Degree from the University of Kalmar in Sweden.

Melina Leary (Executive Assistant and Administrator, Bombardier Transportation)

Melina is relatively new to rail, performing her current role only for the past 12 months. Prior to that, she spent nearly 30 years working in a variety of analytical roles within IT. She is adaptable and highly organised, with extensive experience of working in complex global organisations. She is also pragmatic and approachable and able to communicate with stakeholders at all levels. She enjoys helping others in the workplace and identifying solutions to problems.

Melina is a Biochemistry graduate, holds formal qualifications in IT Service Management, Software Testing and Project Management, and is a member of the Project Management Institute.

Sarah Reid (Business Leader, Bombardier Transportation)

Sarah is a pragmatic and strategic business leader who is currently responsible for the P&L of a portfolio of business areas within Bombardier. She has worked in many different male dominated industries – aerospace, automotive, IT and for last 8 years in rail, so understands the challenges to attract and retain talented women. She believes that rail will benefit enormously from more gender balance, but that this will not come without doing something a bit different.

She is a Physics graduate, but has spent most of her career in commercial roles, where she has developed her signature style for setting a clear vision, making things happen and delivering results. She takes great pleasure from inspiring and supporting individuals to reach their personal peak and believes very strongly that there is always a way to achieve your goals.

Rebecca Adams (Sales and Marketing Executive, The Derby Conference Centre)

Rebecca has been working at The Derby Conference Centre since January 2017. In her role as Sales and Marketing Executive, Rebecca is responsible for organising events, networking on behalf of the business, email marketing and sales. Rebecca joined Women In Rail as an experienced Events Manager, and has been a part of the group since she started working at The Derby Conference Centre.

She is passionate about improving diversity in the UK rail industry and providing networking opportunities for those in the industry. As a key member of the committee, Rebecca continues to encourage other business to adopt diversity as a business strategy.

Jennifer Walpole (Head of Business Development, NTAR)

Jennifer has been working for NTAR since 1st September 2015. She is responsible for developing the business via sales, marketing and the management of key accounts.

Previously, she performed a role for an Awarding Organisation where she headed up the Sector Schemes team for roads. Jennifer is committed and driven to deliver quality, coupled with value-add in any given situation.

Caitlin Richardson (Engineering Consultant, Mott MacDonald)

Caitlin is a highly-skilled engineering project manager with an extensive range of skills and experience within transport and manufacturing industries, including six years within rolling stock design and manufacture. She has a proven track record managing design and development programmes, having control of multi-million pound budgets and delivering a range of products through to successful production and operation. Caitlin now works for Mott MacDonald as an Engineering Consultant where she uses her experience to deliver projects in a wide range of fields such as new train procurement, refurbishment and life extension.

Caitlin is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and holds a degree in Integrated Engineering from Nottingham Trent. With over 20 years working in Engineering, she has significant experience of the challenges associated with improving inclusivity for all, and is committed to helping the industry continue the progress that has been made to date.

Charmaine Welch (Senior Account Manager for UK Rail at ATA Recruitment Limited)

Charmaine provides expertise in recruitment best practice, delivering solutions that enable clients to attract, select, engage and retain talent into their business.

Charmaine is currently working with clients to develop robust Equality, Diversity and Inclusion recruitment strategies and promote rail as the career of choice to out-of-sector talent and young people entering the workforce.

Prior to joining ATA Recruitment, Charmaine worked in media for 15 years where she led commercial sales teams for print and digital platforms.

Charmaine has taken a leadership role with Women in Rail East Midlands with the aim of communicating the incredible opportunities and benefits of a career in rail across our local communities whilst supporting existing colleagues within the industry.