Hello and welcome to the Women in Rail London Group!

The Women in Rail London Group (the WRL Group) aims to support and empower our Women in Rail members (men and women) based in and around London by providing them with a forum to develop their network locally and receive help in their professional development, personal growth and confidence.

The WR London Group is now led by Leila Rahimzadeh (Industry HR Partner/Head of People Strategy, Rail Delivery Group), supported by board members Beckie Barnes (Lead HR Manager, KeolisAmey Docklands Ltd), Charo Barcena (Project Director, SYSTRA LTD), Christine Fernandes (Business Development CAF), Emily Glover (Assistant Project Manager with CPC Systems), Emily Lightowler (Head of Policy, Abellio), Katherine Stowe (Senior Engineer, Network Rail), Laura Beverly (Head of Strategic Planning and Assurance, RDG), Lizzie Ooi (Skills Coordinator, RDG), Michelle Jackson (Management Team Assistant to the CEO and Chair, Transport Focus), Sandrine Geddis (On Board Services Standards & Rules Manager, Eurostar), Susan Evans (MD, Urban and Services, Alstom Transport UK&I), and Tervonne Cummins (Customer Experience Manager, RDG)

To ensure you don’t miss out on the launch event and the wide range of activities organised by the London Group – including networking events, development workshops, seminars (and the fun get-togethers!) – register on the Contact Us page and join the Women in Rail community in London.

Membership is completely free and will give you access to the local and national events organised by the team.

See you soon!

Leila Rahimzadeh - Industry HR Partner / People Strategy Team Leader at RDG

Leila Rahimzadeh is an Industry HR Partner / People Strategy Team Leader in RDG. With extensive HR and management background, Leila is passionate for the People and Diversity agenda and has helped drive this through setting up a Training & Development forum as well as running the Diversity & Inclusion group with RDG members.

Beckie Barnes – Lead HR Manager at KeolisAmey Docklands

Beckie Barnes is a Lead HR Manager at KeolisAmey Docklands and has a number of years experience working as an HR Generalist within the Rail and Manufacturing sectors.

Beckie is passionate about increasing the number of women in engineering and improving the profile of careers in rail.  She is an active member of KAD’s Equality and Diversity Steering Group who have set targets to increase their female engineering population by 2021.

Charo Barcena - Project Director at SYSTRA Ltd

Charo is a Chartered Civil Engineer with 15+ years’ experience specialising in the coordination and management of the design, construction and supervision of structures and civil infrastructure projects, mainly within the rail industry both in the UK and in Spain. She is currently Project Director at SYSTRA Ltd.

Christine Fernandes - Business Development, CAF Rail

Christine joined the rail industry as an undergraduate sponsored student. She has undertaken a variety of roles within the industry as well as spending some time out of the industry working in retail and property.

She currently works for the Spanish train manufacturer CAF in the Business Development function.

Christine is an electrical engineering graduate but has spent most of her career in management and commercial roles. She has spent her university education and working career in male gender dominated environments and is keen to take on the challenge of promoting diversity and the advantages of it.

Emily Glover - Assistant Project Manager for CPC Systems

Emily recently moved into the rail industry after studying for a PhD and working as a researcher in the chemical sciences. Her current position is as an Assistant Project Manager for CPC Systems, a rail systems consultancy, and she is working on the Four Lines Modernisation project for TfL’s Major Projects Directorate.

Emily is passionate about female representation in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) industries, and has experience as a member of Women in Engineering (WES), Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) and as a tutor for The Brilliant Club, a charity aiming to increase university applications from underrepresented backgrounds.

Outside of work, Emily enjoys climbing, hiking and playing netball. She recently set up a charity project with her sister, coaching netball for women accessing mental health services in the North East London NHS Foundation Trust.

Emily Lightowler - Head of Policy for Abellio UK

Emily has worked in rail since leaving university in 2010. She began her career at Eurostar, working in St Pancras station as a host and then station manager. She then worked in policy and, finally, in the East Coast Franchise bid team. Since 2014, she has worked in a number of roles in bidding, most recently as the Bid Manager and Quality Lead for Abellio’s East Midlands Franchise Bid.

She is now Head of Policy for Abellio UK and is currently leading their work on the Williams Review and Industry Reform.

Katherine Stowe - Senior Engineer at Network Rail

Katherine Stowe develops new technology with suppliers and other railways across Europe for future Network Rail signalling systems.

She has a passion for helping women find exciting opportunities in the rail industry.

Laura Beverley – Head of Strategic Planning and Assurance / Rail Delivery Group

Laura is the Head of Strategic Planning and Assurance at the Rail Delivery Group. She is responsible for the strategy, governance, reporting, portfolio management, risk, assurance and audit. Previous to this she worked at Network Rail within the central business change team. Laura is an experienced change management professional with a proven track record in building effective relationships to drive strategic change agendas. She listens to the needs of the business and via cross-functional working delivers outcomes with a methodical, pragmatic and articulate direction.

Laura is currently studying for an Executive MBA at Cass Business School and works alongside two other charities; Laura sits on the Corporate Advisory Group at Street League and is a mentor for Women in Transport.

Lizzie Ooi - Skills Coordinator at RDG

Lizzie Ooi is a Skills Coordinator in RDG. Lizzie recently joined the rail industry in March 2018 and is keen to introduce the rail industry to more women and young people.

Lizzie supports the work within the skills/HR agenda and in RDG’s Business Planning.

Michelle Jackson - Management Team Assistant to the CEO and Chair of Transport Focus

Michelle joined the Business Services department at Transport Focus in 2014 as a Business Support Officer and is now the Management Team Assistant to the Chief Executive and Chair. She has enjoyed her time in the industry so far and the diversity and challenges each day brings. She is also the organiser of the Transport Assistants and Co-Ordinators events, which encourages communication between similar roles across the transport industry.

New to Women in Rail and an advocate of gender equality, she is looking forward to promoting and supporting networking opportunities for London Region of Women in Rail.

Sandrine Geddis - On Board Services Standards and Rules Manager at Eurostar

Sandrine Geddis is the On Board Services Standards and Rules Manager at Eurostar. Sandrine is the rail safety expert for the train managers and catering crew who have safety responsibilities on board.

Sandrine started her railway carrier at Eurostar in 1994 as a Train Manager before becoming a team manager and later on the Training and Competency Manager for OBS.

Susan Evans - Managing Director Urban & Services for Alstom Transport UK&I

Susan Evans is Managing Director Urban & Services for Alstom Transport UK&I and an Alstom UK Board Member. Since November 2016 she is also the Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Community Transport Association and has recently been appointed to the RIA Board.

Susan has worked at Alstom Transport since 2013.  She is currently responsible for Alstom’s contracts covering Northern Line fleet maintenance, Dublin tram vehicle and infrastructure maintenance, Nottingham tram maintenance, Nottingham D&C warranty.

Prior to her role at Alstom, Susan held a number of positions across technology research, business development and engineering in both the aerospace and measurement science sectors. She has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Loughborough University.

Tervonne Cummins - Customer Experience Manager at RDG

Tervonne Cummins works at RDG as a Customer Experience Manager, collaborating with Network Rail, industry stakeholders and suppliers to deliver the joint industry Customer Information Strategy.

Commencing her railway career at GWR as a Senior Ambassador, she then seized the opportunity to gain in depth knowledge of the running of the railway, as Executive Assistant to the MD., station management and leading projects.

Tervonne’s results driven attitude drives her goals which are, to inspire children to study STEM subjects and chose a career within rail, be an advocate for Diversity & Inclusion and to inspire others.