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,
Lorna Gibson, QTS Group Ltd/QTS Training Ltd
Lorna Gibson is Training Director for the QTS Group and Managing Director of QTS Training Ltd, a small subsidiary company of the QTS Group which supplies railway safety, on-track plant, health and safety and construction management training to the rail and wider industries.
Lorna is also a Director, and Vice President, of the Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce and Industry, sits on the Developing Young Workforce Ayrshire Steering Group and is a member of the Rail Supply Group SME Council.
Lorna, based in Lanarkshire, Scotland, has over 25 years’ experience of business management and business development within the private sector, initially a senior business manager within Doig & Smith, a UK wide Chartered Surveying practice, followed by a directorship with Paligap Brands Ltd, a digital marketing agency based in Ayrshire, and now for the past 4 years as a Director within the QTS Group.
A passionate member of the Ayrshire Business Community Lorna is involved with a wide range of business activities particularly with regard to employer engagement with education and encouraging young people towards the rail and STEM industries.