Hello and a huge welcome to the Women in Rail Scottish Regional Group.

The Women in Rail Scottish Regional Group (WR Scotland) is launching very soon so please look out for details of our Launch Event!

The WR Scotland Group aims to provide its members, women and men in the Rail industry, with a supportive and friendly local network for their professional development, personal growth and professional confidence.

I would like to ask for volunteers from our industry, both women and men, to help with the operation of the WR Scotland Group, working in partnership with organisations such as Young Rail Professionals (YRP), the National Skills Academy for Rail (NSAR) and others at Women in Rail.

Please let me know if you are interested in helping me with this great opportunity and leading Scotland to help progress and grow industry diversity and inclusion.

The objectives for the WR Scotland Group are to:

  • Provide a forum to support operational and non-operational professional development for women in rail in Scotland.
  • Attract more women into rail; we must do more to encourage female talent from schools, colleges and universities, inspire the next generation and support the UK wide Women in Rail campaign for industry.
  • Develop a Scottish awards programme to showcase the talent and achievements in both operational and non‐operational rail industry roles across the country.

We will be organising a variety of events for members including networking events, development workshops, speaker events and of course some relaxing and fun get-togethers.

To make sure you don’t miss out on any of these activities organised by the Scottish Group, register on Contact Us and join the Women in Rail community in Scotland. Membership is completely free and will give you access to local and national events.

I hope to hear from you soon,

Shona

Shona Jamieson, Babcock

Shona is Head of Marketing and Communications at Babcock’s Rail business, currently the largest plain line track renewals contractor in the country and as part of ABC Electrification, the largest rail electrification supplier.  Part of Babcock International Group PLC, the Rail business supports Network Rail and other rail industry customers in providing a safe, reliable and efficient rail network across the UK.

Shona is an all-round marketing and communications professional with a circa 20 year track record of delivering successful creative communications solutions with a strong emphasis on brand development.  With a focus on delivering effective communications to help drive business results, Shona has a keen interest in employee engagement, change management and organisational psychology.  Her career has spanned a range of different roles including bid writing/bid management, key account management and stakeholder management.

Lorraine Brown - Programme Manager, Network Rail

Lorraine has 12 years’ experience in the rail industry providing environmental management support during the delivery of significant infrastructure projects in Scotland whilst working for Balfour Beatty Rail and more recently with Network Rail where she now heads the national track renewals environment and sustainability team.

Lorraine currently leads the Track Safety Alliance’s Sustainability Working Group which has a key objective of increasing diversity and inclusion within the track renewals and wider rail industry.

Lorraine will have responsibility for membership co-ordination for the Women in Rail Scotland Regional Group.

Eva Maclnnes - Regional Director, COWI UK Limited

Eva MacInnes is Regional Director for COWI UK Limited in Scotland, a multidisciplinary engineering design consultancy based in Glasgow.  Eva graduated with a Masters degree in Civil Engineering with International Studies, MEng (hons), in 2005 from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, including a year at the University of Calgary in Canada.  Eva is a chartered Civil Engineer (CEng MICE) with the Institution of Civil Engineers and is a professional member of the UK Register of Ground Engineering Professionals (RoGEP). Eva is also a member of the British Geotechnical Association (BGA).

Eva’s engineering skills lie in the design, construction, and project management on a wide range of civil and geotechnical engineering projects.  Key experience has been gained through her work on the Scottish Railway Network where she is COWI UK’s design lead and project manager of the RCDP Contract with QTS Group and Network Rail.  In addition to railway improvement works, Eva has experience on large earthwork contracts, highways infrastructure, healthcare and wind farm developments as well as smaller residential and local authority schemes.

Eva is dedicated to encouraging and promoting the development of young engineers, she is a Delegated Engineer at COWI UK, supporting graduates pursuing chartered status.  Eva is also a member of the University of Strathclyde’s Industry Advisory Board and has presented to final year female engineering students at Napier University. ​

Eva will act as treasurer for the Women in Rail Scotland Regional Group.

Emma McMahon - Project Manager (Off Track), Works Delivery Scotland, Network Rail

Emma studied a BA (Hons) in Business & Management at Glasgow Caledonian University, graduating with a 2:1 in 2011. She started her career within the maintenance division of Network Rail, shortly after she graduated.

Since then, she has worked diligently, accelerating through the ranks in Network Rail to the position of Project Manager Off Track (Works Delivery). This role sees her manage the external works delivered by her teams, comprising of both internal and sub-contractors. An experienced project manager, Emma is comfortable managing tight budgets with a vast mix of people and stakeholders involved.  Emma was chosen to become a member of the very exclusive Talent Pool programme, which was established to identify future leaders within Network Rail, challenging them to show how their understanding of the rail industry could lead progressive change.

She has chosen to join the Women in Rail steering group as her career in the rail industry thus far has already led to significant recognition form her peers and her opinions are notably valued by other in the industry. Emma wants to see progressive change throughout the entire industry and is proud to be part an advocate of women working within the UK Rail Infrastructure.

Emma will have responsibility for events organisation for the Women in Rail Scotland Regional Group.