Hello and welcome to the Women in Rail Yorkshire Regional Group!

The Women in Rail Yorkshire Regional Group (the WRY Group) was launched in 2016 to support and empower members of Women in Rail based in Yorkshire, provide them with a forum to develop their network locally and support them in their professional development, personal growth and confidence.

The WRY Group is led by Jennie Pitt (People Engagement and Corporate Responsibility Manager at Virgin Trains) and Amy Pressland (International HR Projects Manager at DB Cargo UK, DB Schenker).

The Steering Committee is comprised of Clare Brint (Network Rail), Jenny Cooke (Network Rail), Kate Horbury (Virgin Trains), Gema Garcia (Jacobs) and Jenna Oldroyd (Virgin Trains).

All are volunteers, with full time day jobs, collectively representing a cross section of the railway industry in the Yorkshire region and are passionate about working with men, women and like-minded organisations in Yorkshire 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 WRY Group, register on the Contact Us page and join the Women in Rail community in Yorkshire. Membership is completely free and will give you access the local and national events organised by the team.

See you soon!

Jennie Pitt

Jennie is People Engagement & CR Manager at Virgin Trains East Coast. She is passionate about people and the impact that engagement and culture has on organisational success. She joined Virgin Trains East Coast (previously East Coast Trains) in September 2012 as a HR Business Partner and moved into her current role in January 2016. Prior to joining the rail industry, Jennie worked in HR for the Fire Service where she led the diversity and inclusion agenda.

She has always had a keen interest in organisational psychology and what makes people tick and alongside her career in HR, achieved her Masters in Psychotherapy in 2007. Jennie is passionate about creating a diverse workforce and is looking forward to working with colleagues across the industry in developing the Yorkshire regional cluster of the Women in Rail network.

Dr Amy Pressland

Dr Amy Pressland works for DB Cargo UK. She is currently on a one-year secondment to their sister company Euro Cargo Rail in Paris in the function of Professional Development Manager. Amy was previously an academic at the University of East Anglia and specialised in gender and the sociology of work. Her first book was recently published by Palgrave Macmillan: www.palgrave.com/us/book/9781137543240