Railway Industry Association

The Railway Industry Association (RIA) is the voice of the UK rail supply community. We help to grow a sustainable, high-performing, railway supply industry, and to export UK rail expertise and products. We promote and represent our members’ interests to policy makers, clients and other stakeholders in the UK and overseas.

RIA has 300+ companies in membership in a sector that contributes £36 billion in economic growth and £11 billion in tax revenue each year, as well as employing 600,000 people—more than the workforce of Birmingham. It is also a growing industry with the number of rail journeys expected to double over the next 25 years and freight set to grow significantly too.

RIA’s membership is active across the whole of railway supply, covering a diverse range of products and services and including both multi-national companies and SMEs (60% by number). RIA works to promote the importance of the rail system to UK plc, to help export UK expertise around the globe and to share best practice and innovation across the industry.

“Increasing diversity in rail is of crucial importance to RIA and its members, including more than 150 SMEs. To deliver the most effective rail system, we need a diverse mix of professionals, from all genders, backgrounds, ethnicities and sexualities. We believe rail is a great industry to work in and that all should be welcome in it.

RIA members are proud to support the Women in Rail Awards, and their aim of showcasing the fantastic work done by individuals and companies who have helped improved gender balance, diversity and inclusion in our industry.”


RSSB is a membership-based rail industry body which includes train and freight operating companies, infrastructure managers, contractors, rolling stock leasing companies and suppliers. Our work involves partnerships with academia and other railways across the world.

Through research, analysis, and insight RSSB supports our members and stakeholders to deliver a safer, more efficient and sustainable rail system. Our vision is to be a centre of excellence, valued by its members and stakeholders as an essential contributor to their success.

Our independent evidence-based approach is built on strong technical capability, and the enabling of collaborative industry engagement for the benefit of the whole rail system.

RSSB has made positive strides towards achieving a gender balanced workforce. Of our workforce, 45% are female and 55% male.

RSSB staff actively participate in the Women in Rail programme both mentoring and being mentored through the scheme.

“RSSB is delighted to be headline sponsor of the Women in Rail Awards 2021, in partnership with RIA. As an organisation whose members span the entire rail sector, it is important that RSSB helps recognise the great achievements of women in the railway and promotes GB Rail as a great career choice for women.”

BAM Nuttall

BAM Nuttall is a UK leading supplier of civil engineering, infrastructure advisory, design and delivery services. We work with public and private sector clients, across a range of sectors including rail, highways, air, marine, tunnelling, energy and water. We’re one of ten operating companies in the Royal BAM Group, contributing to a £7 billion turnover, employing 20,000 people globally.

We’re proud of our reputation for doing things differently, collaborating with partners and customers, to deliver sustainable environments that enhance people’s lives. From Antarctic scientists to Rail infrastructure engineers, our teams use digital technology, 4D models and state-of-the-art visualisation tools, like Virtual Reality to revolutionise project design and delivery.

We’re involved in diversity initiatives, supporting WISE and Building Diversity, becoming a ‘Construction Pioneer’ and researching innovative, flexible-working solutions with Timewise. We encourage pushing boundaries, so everyone can achieve exceptional results. Together we can harness the collective knowledge and experience of people and partners to deliver the optimum solution for the communities where we work.

“BAM Nuttall is delighted to sponsor the Women in Rail Awards Apprenticeship category, celebrating the rail industry’s emerging talent. Apprenticeships are a vital way of attracting new people into our industries, and help improve diversity across our teams. 

We’re testing new approaches for recruitment and selection of candidates, to raise awareness of our opportunities and appeal to a wider range of people. We’re attracting more diversity in our apprentice intake, who range from 16 to 60 years old, with a third of our apprentices women in 2019.” 

Rail People Solutions

We provide strategic, commercial, infrastructure and operational consulting, advisory and senior interim management services.   

Our team brings together high-level leaders, who quickly and efficiently develop innovative solutions. 

 We are a community of rail people who are passionate, innovative, friendly, respectful, ethical and optimistic.  We care deeply about the role rail plays in supporting the economy, enhancing the environment, improving safety, protecting the vulnerable, furthering equality and providing reliable, efficient and comfortable travel for passengers. 

“RPS believes it is important to foster a diverse workforce that encourages a variety of thoughts, opinions and ideas. Each of us is unique and RPS represents a diverse team of industry veterans, seasoned professionals and new team members with fresh ideas and different perspectives. 

We are proud to support Women in Rail because they have actively promoted diversity in the work-place and this aligns with our core values as an organisation.”


AECOM is the world’s premier infrastructure firm, delivering professional services throughout the project lifecycle – from planning, design and engineering to consulting and construction management. We partner with our clients in the public and private sectors to solve their most complex challenges and build legacies for generations to come. On projects spanning transportation, buildings, water, governments, energy and the environment, our teams are driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world. AECOM is a Fortune 500 firm with revenue of approximately $20.2 billion during fiscal year 2019. See how we deliver what others can only imagine at aecom.com and @AECOM

At AECOM we are honoured to work with so many successful and ambitious women. Increasing diversity and addressing the gender imbalance in the engineering sector is something that AECOM is very passionate about.

We are proud to support the Women in Rail awards and to recognise the great achievements and significant contributions that women in the UK make to the rail industry. Attracting a diverse group of professionals in this sector encourages a wide variety of ideas which will help us deliver the most effective railway.

Great Western Railway

Great Western Railway (GWR) provides high speed, commuter, regional and branch line train services. We help over 100 million passengers reach their destinations every year – across South Wales, the West Country, the Cotswolds, and large parts of Southern England.

We’re currently seeing the biggest investment in the network since Brunel so we can offer more trains, more seats, and shorter, more frequent journeys and continue the network’s heritage of helping connect more businesses to new and prosperous markets.

Through a series of initiatives we aim to be a good neighbour to the communities we serve and are committed to making a positive social impact in those regions. Learn how we’re Building a Greater West at GWR.com. GWR is a FirstGroup company

“GWR is committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse workplace, broadening our appeal to all communities who travel and work with us. Embracing our customers and our colleagues, we aim to revalue rail in the hearts and minds of all of the travelling public. Our vision for our inclusion and diversity strategy is:

  • We are progressive. We are one family.
  • We are inclusive. First time, every time.

Women in Rail is an organisation we are proud to support. The work they’ve done to promote diversity in the rail industry is fantastic and aligns strongly with our own business strategy.”

Morson Group

Morson are celebrating our 50th year as a leading global recruiter. Ranked as the 3rd largest recruitment company in the world (SIA report 2018) and the UK’s No.1 Rail Recruiter (Recruitment International), we have connected the right candidates with the right opportunities on some of the world’s biggest projects. Specialising in the supply of technical engineers and support operatives in the UK and overseas, we are skilled in creating bespoke recruitment solutions for our clients.

We are dedicated to improving diversity within the industries we work. As the only recruiter to commit to a target for increasing the number of female contractors that they employ we are using our own business as a sounding board to perfect our diversity initiatives and challenge stereotypes, so these can be rolled out to our clients to develop cultures that embrace change and ultimately outperform their peers. Through strong mental health and accessibility initiatives we are actively committed to improving the lives of our internal workforce and wider contractor base.

“At Morson, we are proud to work with so many inspiring, committed, intelligent and ambitious women. We are well on the way to exceeding our 2017 pledge to double the number of females we have in engineering roles by the end of the decade, recognising that if we are to succeed as individuals, as teams, as companies and within industry we need to address the gender imbalance. We have a responsibility to facilitate positive challenge be it through changing perceptions of industry with events, such as the Women in Rail awards, or encouraging future talent through work placements and talks. The Women in Rail awards showcases the proactive work being done towards creating a culture of accessible and visible opportunities for all in an industry typically seen as male dominated. By supporting the awards, Morson celebrates the significant contributions of people and organisations who have improved workforce diversity within the UK rail industry.

Go-Ahead Group

Go-Ahead connects communities through its bus and rail services in the UK and abroad

We are one of the leading public transport providers in the UK, providing bus and rail services from Plymouth to Newcastle. We also provide bus services in Ireland and Singapore and rail services in Norway and Germany. Our approach involves a devolved management system, where our bus and rail companies are empowered to make decisions for their own communities and passengers.

“Our workforce should be as diverse as the communities we serve. Female representation must be seen at every level as a gender balance is fundamental for performing successfully as a company. Our Board has 50/50 gender representation and our rail companies (Southeastern and GTR) have been actively recruiting and retaining women in rail.

GTR and Southeastern have set targets to recruit women into the business, especially in underrepresented areas such as train driving. GTR has doubled its number of female train driver applicants in 2020 and aims to have a 50/50 gender split on all training programmes by 2021. 20% of Southeastern’s workforce is female, with a target of 21% by 2021.

In addition, we are continuing to review our policies and processes to ensure that our workplace is accessible for women. Both our rail companies have women’s networks aimed at empowering female colleagues from across the business to tackle relevant issues.

We are long-term supporters of Women in Rail and recognise the importance of highlighting the contribution of women in the rail industry to the broader public. The event helps to raise awareness of women in an underrepresented sector and showcases key role models.”


Described by our clients as ‘agile’, ‘committed’, ‘safe’, ‘technically excellent’, ‘caring’, ‘ethical’ and ‘engaging’, Motion deliver safe and innovative multi-discipline design and build resilient systems engineering solutions. Supporting the running of the UK rail network and future-proofing the infrastructure, we are dedicated to meeting the needs of our clients and putting passengers first.

Specialists in integrating and modifying legacy and digital rail equipment, our solutions consider whole life costs from design, implementation and maintenance – delivering value for money and effective engineering.

Committed to leaving a legacy for future generations and the communities we serve; people are the heart of Motion’s values. We believe community engagement is fundamental in educating the public, both on the risks associated with the improper use of railway and inspiring the next generation to consider a career in the railway. Visiting schools, railway stations and attending STEM events, we bring the railway to communities with our not-for-profit award-winning virtual reality railway “Motion Reality”, providing a safe and real-life education with a difference.

“As a company established by a third-generation female engineer, we are passionate about promoting diversity, demonstrating gender has no boundaries and we are all equal. Led by a woman with a boots on ballast to boardroom career path and made up of a diverse workforce, Motion encapsulates gender balance in the railway and we are proud to be supporting the Women in Rail awards for the third year running.”

Telent Technology Services Ltd

We are trusted to keep the UK and Ireland’s communications assets and data connected and protected.

telent specialise in the effective operation of critical national infrastructure and we are at the heart of many of the UK’s and Ireland’s best-known brands. We operate within various industry sectors including Rail, Highways, Public Safety, Defence, Service Providers, Enterprise and Public Sector.

Every day and without knowing it you will be connected to what’s important to you by systems that have been installed and maintained by telent.

telent’s history of providing efficient communication systems in safety critical Rail environments spans more than 30 years. We are an established and trusted partner with a portfolio of communications services that covers both over ground and underground rail networks.

Key to our success are our talented colleagues, who work tirelessly every day, in all types of locations, in all weather conditions and behind the scenes to make sure we deliver for our customers and most importantly, for passengers.

At telent we firmly believe in supporting talent wherever it exists and in putting together the best team for the job, whoever they may be.

Women have always played a vital role in making telent a success, and it’s great to see that their role and influence on our future success continues to grow as does their influence on the UK Rail industry, but we must all do more to encourage women in to our industry and in to more diverse roles.

Celebrating talent and success, in all its forms, is fundamental to encouraging talent to join the UK Rail industry. Highlighting and celebrating the importance of women in Rail and the difference they are making today will help to encourage others in to an industry that needs them, that is why we are excited to be supporting Women in Rail.

All nominees are standout team members who are making a significant contribution to the success of UK Rail today, not because of their gender but for being truly amazing. We wish them all the best of luck tonight and in their careers ahead.

High Speed 1 Ltd

HS1 Ltd has the 30-year concession to own, operate and maintain High Speed 1 (HS1), the UK’s only high-speed railway, as well as the stations along the route: St Pancras International, Stratford International, Ebbsfleet International and Ashford International.

HS1 is the 109km rail line between St Pancras International in London and the Channel Tunnel and connects the international high-speed routes between London and Paris, London and Brussels and London and Amsterdam, as well as the domestic route from London to Kent.

In July 2017, HS1 Ltd was acquired by a consortium comprising of funds advised and managed by InfraRed Capital Partners Limited and Equitix Investment Management Limited.

Network Rail (High Speed) is our contractor for maintaining and operating the railway infrastructure and three of our stations, St Pancras International, Stratford International and Ebbsfleet International.

HS1 Ltd’s railway infrastructure has physical connections with Eurotunnel, the DBS freight depot at Dollands Moor and the Network Rail classic railway at Ashford, Ebbsfleet, Ripple Lane and domestic lines north of London.

“HS1 Limited holds the 30-year concession (to 2040) to own, operate and maintain High Speed 1 (HS1), the UK’s only high-speed railway, as well as the stations along the route: St Pancras International, Stratford International, Ebbsfleet International and Ashford International. HS1 is the 109km rail line between London and the Channel Tunnel and connects the international high-speed routes with Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam, as well as the domestic routes into Kent.

HS1 Limited has strong partner relationships with Station and Route Infrastructure Managers Network Rail (High Speed) and Mitie Engineering Services along with the train and freight operators who use HS1 and its stations including Eurostar, Southeastern, East Midlands Railway and Thameslink.

We have supported the WIR Awards since inception and were proud recipients of the first Award (Highest Gender Balance) issued at the inaugural 2018 event. The Awards showcase the excellent work undertaken by WIR to promote and highlight the need for diversity and equality in the rail sector. Dyan Crowther (HS1 CEO) is a vocal advocate of the promotion of opportunities beyond the outdated (and wrong) impression of a hard hat, orange jacketed, manual labour male dominated workforce. There are lots of opportunities to encourage females into rail and we support WIR’s efforts in raising their profile.”


RSK provides all aspects of environmental, sustainability and safety consultancy and management, protecting and enhancing both the built and the natural environment.

RSK is a leader in up-front geotechnical, structural and building surveying, inspection and testing services.

Recent acquisitions mean RSK can deliver specialist contracting services such as slope stabilisation, de-vegetation works, traffic management and scaffolding.

RSK continues to be involved in major rail projects nationally, including HS2 and the Transpennine route upgrade (east and west of Leeds), and previously worked on, for example, Crossrail, East West Rail Phase 1, GWEP and the Oxford Corridor.

“RSK is immensely proud to support Women in Rail and the Women in Rail Awards. A high proportion of our technical staff working in the rail sector are women, from those involved in our environmental and sustainability work through to geotechnical contracting project management staff. 

We are proud of the many talented women in leadership positions throughout the company: women lead two of our four UK divisions and our finance and human resources teams. Our gender pay gap is below the industry average and we are highly committed to reducing it further by offering flexible working opportunities, promoting our female employees as role models and actively engaging with schools to promote careers in our industry.

Flexibility is key in today’s world; we believe the fact that we have very few non-returners from maternity leave demonstrates this.

In our eyes, a gender-diverse business is a successful business.”

KeolisAmey Docklands

KeolisAmey Docklands (KAD) operates the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) under franchise for Docklands Light Railway Limited, part of Transport for London.  It is the busiest light railway in the UK and carries over 123 million passengers a year; more than many heavy rail operators. KAD comprises c865 employees working to deliver the operations, customer service, engineering and project services for the railway.  The DLR serves a total of 45 stations.  The train service operates through a number of diverse and varied boroughs in east and south east London, connecting residents from Greenwich, Lewisham, Newham and Tower Hamlets to the heart of London’s financial districts in Canary Wharf and Bank and popular tourist attractions at Greenwich and Tower Gateway.

“KeolisAmey Docklands are proud to sponsor the Top Employer of the Year Award at the Women in Rail Awards and to recognise the great achievements and significant contributions that women in the UK make to the rail industry.

Improving gender balance, diversity and inclusion in rail is of crucial importance to KeolisAmey Docklands and we are looking at new approaches throughout the employee lifecycle to attract, recruit, develop and retain females.”