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.

Gail Blythe - Project Manager Infrastructure Maintenance, Siemens

Gail is currently working for Siemens leading the Infrastructure Maintenance team for the Edinburgh Tram Network.  With an honours degree in Electrical Engineering and a member of the Association for Project Management, Gail has 20+ years experience in a variety of roles within the Rail Industry. Commercially astute, Gail has excellent organisational and planning skills, is a team builder, who communicates effectively at a team or individual level, with a proven and successful record in leading organisational and business change.

Phyllis McLeish - Commercial Director, QTS

Phyllis has over 25 years experience in business & finance, specialising in the construction and rail sectors over the last 15 years. With a background in accountancy, Phyllis has spent the last 10 years with QTS Group, a successful railway engineering company which she, her husband and other McLeish family members are director / shareholders.  QTS has seen exponential growth over the last six years and is now one of the top 20 maintenance suppliers to Network Rail. Phyllis had a combined remit of Finance & Commercial Director at QTS but 3 years ago reduced her role to that of Commercial Director only to allow her to pursue other interests and dedicate more time to her family, new business interests and her charity work.

A recent addition to her business life has been the formation of the AM Media Group which includes Ayrshire Magazine. A long held ambition to be part of the creative industries realised and which she is looking forward to developing.

In her position as Commercial Director at QTS, she has overseen the brand become big supporters of Developing the Young Workforce, Women in Engineering and the sponsorship of Young Athletes.  Phyllis is also one of the founding trustees of the Kilmarnock Community Sports Trust (KCST) and in addition supports the Prince’s Trust in Scotland in a variety of ways including sponsorship and as a table host at the Trust’s legendary charity day “Lunch with an Old Bag”. QTS and the McLeish family also provide considerable donations and other support to many other local and national charities.

Lisa McGhee - Marketing Manager, QTS

Lisa has over a decade of experience in the marketing and communications industry, having started her career working with Scotland’s leading PR agency. Over the course of her career, Lisa has worked on a number of high profile clients including Network Rail’s Airdrie-Bathgate Line, ConstructionSkills, Glasgow Harbour, dandara and Halcrow.

Latterly, Lisa spent six years working at Trump Turnberry, a Luxury Collection Resort, where she managed all of the marketing and PR efforts for the resort. She oversaw the marketing strategy for the relaunch of the five-star hotel and Championship golf course in 2016.

Since joining QTS in January 2018, Lisa is responsible for all marketing and brand activity for the company. She is actively involved in work with young people, through schools’ activity and the Youth Athlete programme, plus she is a keen member of the Women in Rail steering group.

Helen Logan - Senior Solicitor, Brodies LLP

Helen is a Senior Solicitor at Brodies LLP, Edinburgh and works in the Commercial Services Division. She is a dual qualified lawyer with rights to practice in Scotland, England and Wales  and  has a broad range of experience in UK and Cross-Border Corporate and Commercial law.

Helen previously worked in London for International and Magic Circle firms where she gained a variety of Commercial/Corporate experience which included Aviation, Shipping and Rail Franchising. She works across a number of sectors for both Public and Private sector clients specialising in General Commercial Contracts, Technology Matters, Intellectual Property, Rail Franchising, Aviation, Shipping and Data Protection (including GDPR). Helen is a member of the Women in Rail (Scotland) Steering Committee.