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 WRL Group was the first of the WR regional groups in operation and has contributed to driving the whole charity forward in the last 6 years. Up until November 2018, WRL was led by Adeline Ginn, Jackie Harrington and Sigourney Doyne.
The WR London Group is now led by Leila Rahimzadeh (Industry HR Partner/Head of People Strategy, Rail Delivery Group), supported by board members Amelia Mullins (HR Business Partner, RDG), Amelia Woodley (Head of Sustainability, SWR), 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), Kirstie Smith (Lead Industry Groups Manager, RSSB), 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), and Susan Evans (MD, Urban and Services, Alstom Transport UK&I).
WRL will be officially re-launched in early February 2019. 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.
Amelia Mullins – HR Business Partner at Rail Delivery Group
Amelia Mullins is a HR Business Partner at the Rail Delivery Group and has a number of years experience of working as a HR generalist within the Rail, Construction, Travel and Charity sectors. Amelia is responsible for partnering with the business in all aspects of HR and Development at RDG and is a keen member of the WR London Steering Committee.
Amelia has previously undertaken activities within the construction industry to encourage more women to consider a career in construction and is looking forward to continuing this valuable work within the rail industry which faces similar challenges.
Amelia Woodley - Head of Sustainability at South Western Railway
Amelia is currently the Head of Sustainability with South Western Railway and has 16 years’ experience in the construction industry of which 8 years have been in rail. Amelia is an expert sustainability adviser to businesses supporting organisations to maximise their positive impacts on the environment, local communities and their people whilst enhancing business performance.
In 2016 Amelia was named Women in Rail 20 most inspirational women and is passionate about supporting women to in the industry. Amelia also sits on the board of directors for MumsAid, a London based charity helping mums with their journey to better mental health
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.
Kirstie Smith - Lead Industry Groups Manager, RSSB
Kirstie started her career in the railway industry in 2009 after a change of career from Ofsted inspections of schools. Despite being based at RSSB’s office in London, her work often sees her travelling around Great Britain and to Europe.
She works as a Lead Industry Groups Manager leading a team managing cross-industry stakeholder meetings and engaging with stakeholders at all levels. She is looking forward to supporting and promoting the London regional group of Women in Rail.
Outside of the railway industry, Kirstie enjoys writing for a local digital newspaper and coaching rugby to 3-5 year old children.
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.
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.