Hello and welcome to the Women in Rail North West Regional Group!
The Women in Rail North West Regional Group (WRNW Group) was launched to support and empower members of Women in Rail based in the North West of England, provide them with a forum to develop their network locally and support them in their professional development, personal growth and confidence.
The WRNW Group is led by Anna-jane Hunter (Committee Chair), and is supported by Chris Nutton (Committee Member), Laura Price (Committee Treasurer), Rachael Storey (Committee Member), Nina Lockwood (Committee Member), Daniela Cardoso (Committee Member), Emma MacPherson (Committee Member) and Clare Antrobus (Committee Member).
All are volunteers, with full time day jobs, collectively representing a cross-section of the railway industry in the North West region and passionate about working with men, women and like-minded organisations in the North West to support the diversity ambitions championed by Women in Rail.
To make sure you don’t miss out on the wide range of activities organised by the WRNW Group register on the Contact Us page and join the Women in Rail community in the North West of England. Membership is completely free and will give you access to the local and national events organised by the team.
Anna-jane Hunter – Committee Chair
The chair of our North West group is Anna-jane: Director, North of England at Network Rail.
With over 10 years of Rail industry experience in a variety of operations and commercial roles on both the infrastructure and TOC side of the house, she can usually be found somewhere in the region talking to Stakeholders and industry colleagues.
Chris Nutton – Committee Member
Currently the Major Projects Director at TransPennine Express, responsible for new trains and infrastructure development. Chris has 17 years’ experience in the industry since joining First as an Operations Graduate trainee. Chris has experience leading teams across operations, fleet and commercial including roles in Traincrew and Train Planning as well as holding roles as Head of Performance for Northern and also for 3 years at Virgin Trains before joining TPE in 2010.
Over the last five years Chris has led collaboration with Network Rail and Northern Rail in the implementation of network upgrades such as Northern Hub and Electrification. His team are currently overseeing a 50% increase in fleet size with the introduction of 3 new fleets, comprising 221 new vehicles, over the next few years.
Rachael Storey – Committee Member
Rachael joined the commercial department at Direct Rail Services in 2015 as a Business Support Officer and is now in the acting position of Communications and Marketing Manager.
She has enjoyed her time in the industry so far and the diversity and challenges each day brings and is looking forward to promoting and supporting networking opportunities for North West Region of Women in Rail.
Nina Lockwood - Committee Member
Nina is the Founder and Director of Intuitive, a boutique executive search consultancy, working with clients in the Rail Sector, and specialising in providing talented individuals for both permanent and interim roles.
Nina’s career started in Financial Services, where she had a stellar career with both NatWest and the Royal Bank of Scotland, where she was ultimately involved in strategic projects within the Head Office environment, and where she discovered her passion for people – as well as her frustration with ‘high street’ recruitment companies who had little or no understanding of their clients’ business or seemingly any interest in developing a professional relationship with them!
Intuitive was launched in January 2013, employs a team of 4 people, and is working with the majority of owning groups, the Rail Delivery Group and TOCs to provide senior interim and permanent candidates for strategic roles specifically in the Rail Sector.
Nina is a Judge for the National Rail Awards, chairing the panel for the Outstanding Personal Contribution category, and being a member of the committee for Outstanding Teamwork.
Daniela Cardoso - Committee Member
Daniela is a Civil Engineer with an MSc in Geotechnical Engineering. Following her studies at university, she started her working career in 2007 as a geotechnical designer in Spain, working mainly in road and railway projects. In 2014 she joined Network Rail as an Earthworks Asset Engineer.
In 2018 she was promoted to a new position as Senior Asset Engineer, representing the LNW Earthworks RAM team in HS2 and Enhancements related projects.
Daniela hopes to help Women in Rail promote the exciting opportunities the railway industry has to offer women in the North West region
Emma MacPherson - Committee Member
After several years working in shipping and logistics, Emma started her rail career as a team organiser at Network Rail in 2008. Since then, she has worked in many roles in Network Rail’s shared services department.
New to Women in Rail, she is looking forward to supporting and promoting the North West Region Women in Rail
Clare Antrobus - Committee Member
Having developed her HR career across a number of industries over the last 15 years (retail, pharmaceutical, warehouse & distribution), Clare has recently moved into a HRBP role with Freightliner Group.
Being new to the rail industry, and also very recently becoming a first time mum, Clare is passionate about and keen to explore and promote how we enhance diversity levels in rail, and is looking forward to supporting the Women in Rail network as a great opportunity to do this within the industry.