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 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.