We are delighted to announce the Women in Rail Awards 2024 shortlist.

Women in Rail received over 380 submissions from – and in respect of – a wide range of individuals, teams and companies in the railway sector, many of them from male allies nominating their female co-workers. The judges commented that the calibre of the entries was truly remarkable and selecting who should be shortlisted and ultimately win was a very difficult task.


Best Training or Development Programme Award

QTS Rail Skills Academy
Security & Safety Assurance Team, South Western Railway
Skanska Costain STRABAG Joint Venture
Talent & Development Team – HS2 Ltd
Training and Development Team, Transport for Wales

Social Value Award

Community Rail Lancashire
Morgan Sindall Infrastructure
Transport for Wales

Employer of the Year Award

First Rail Consultancy
TransPennine Express

The Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Team Award

Application Support Team, Transport for Wales
Croftstone Management UK
Thales Social Value and EDI Team
Thales Women and Allies Network
The Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Team – Southeastern

The Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Individual Award

Dawn Mitchell – Principal Consultant, First Rail Consultancy
Harriet Harbidge – Diversity and Inclusion Manager, TransPennine Express
Kamini Edgley – Director of Safety, Engineering and Asset Management, Network Rail
Kirsty Stubbs – Business Capability Lead, Siemens Mobility Limited
Nina Atwal – Skills, Employment, Education & Diversity Lead (HS2 Project), Alstom
Rose Merchant – Talent Attraction Manager, Greater Anglia

Female Apprentice of the Year Award

Daphne Siapno – Cyber Security Apprentice, HS2
Hannah Walton – CVL ICC Control Operations Apprentice, Transport for Wales Rail
Jemma Michel – Trainee Quantity Surveyor, BAM Nuttall
Katie Rotherham – Civil Engineering Apprentice, Jacobs
Khadija Argoub – Level 7 Postgraduate Apprentice Project Engineer, Alstom
Paige Palmer – Assistant Engineering Technician, Arup

Male Apprentice of the Year Award

Aadil Panchbhaya – Software Engineering Apprentice, Thales
Edjol Berisha – Signalling Design Apprentice, Thales
Kalen Ruddock – Post Graduate Control Systems Engineer Apprentice, Alstom
Manshi Gopala – Quantity Surveyor, SCS Railways (Skanska)
Michael Perrett – Manufacturing Engineer, CAF Rolling Stock UK
Scott Middlemiss – Degree Apprentice – Civil, Mott MacDonald

Female Rising Star of the Year Award

Alice Mc Donnell – Compliance and Risk Manager UK Trains, Arriva UK Trains
Eleanor Wase – Social Value & EDI Lead, Thales
Francesca Pye – Design Engineer, Siemens Mobility
Harriet Harbidge – Diversity and Inclusion Manager, TransPennine Express
Jane Wright – Environment & Sustainability Engineer, Transport for London
Jessica Lynch – Risk Manager, AtkinsRéalis
Juliette Poad – Assistant Project Manager, CPC Project Services
Megan Schofield – Engineer, Arup
Smital Dhake – Data Scientist, Alstom
Zoe Alexaki – Design Engineer, Robert Bird Group

Male Rising Star of the Year Award

Edjol Berisha – Signalling Design Apprentice, Thales
James De Lord – Mechanical Engineer, Mott MacDonald
Joe Lofts – Resource and Skills Partner, Transport for Wales
Luke Ryan Martin – Supply Chain Activation Manager, CAF Rolling Stock UK
Rony Roy – Graduate Engineer, AtkinsRéalis

Inspirational Woman of the Year Award

Becky Worsey – Assistant Chief Engineer, Siemens Mobility, Rail Infrastructure.
Caroline Sparks – Head of Technology, British Transport Police
Ms Esther Olorunfemi – Head of Engineering, London Trams, Transport for London
Gillian Peters – Head of Preconstruction, BAM Nuttall
Helen Davis – Strategy & Business Development Director, Rail Infrastructure, Siemens Mobility Limited
Julie Hillman – Transformation Director, Worldline
Michelle Parkes – Senior Surveyor, Network Rail

Inspirational Man of the Year Award

Ben Watt – Programme Director, Thales
Brendan Sleight – Head of Engineering Delivery, Thales
Chris Brooks – Managing Director – Business Growth, Arriva UK Trains
Jonathan James – Head of Industry Coordination, MTR Elizabeth line
Sean McCabe – Head of Software Engineering, Siemens Mobility
Tony Cave – Managing Director, Croftstone

The Adeline Ginn Unsung Hero Award

Amy Patrick – Bid Manager, Alstom
Cherie Leavy – Senior Social Value Consultant, Arcadis
Ella Totterdell – Executive Assistant to Vehicles CTO & Head of Group Business Growth and Management, Hitachi Rail
Ian Watson – Driver Manager, TransPennine Express
Jasmine Robbins – Signalling Assistant Design Engineer, Thales

The Adeline Ginn Lifetime Achievement Award

Anna O’Connor – Project Manager, Railway Safety, ORR (Office of Rail and Road)
Bethan Jelfs – Regional Director, Western & Wales, CrossCountry Trains (at nomination, People Director, Transport for Wales)
Debra Iveson – Asset Protection Coordinator, Network Rail High Speed
Louiza Provins – Senior Project Manager (Managed Stations and Major Projects), Network Rail
Paul Betts – Project Manager, BAM Nuttall
Sarah Tack – Global HSE Deployment & Physical Security Director, Thales