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Women in Rail Yorkshire invites you to join an interactive event focussing on how you can promote your strengths and qualities and take your next step in your personal development.

We are excited to have Jane Atkinson CBE, Engineering and Automation Executive Director, Bilfinger UK limited as our keynote speaker. Jane will describe her own personal development journey from Graduate trainee in the Steel Industry to her current position and the challenges she has faced in that journey.

Erika Diaz, Talent Consultant at Network Rail will then run an interactive personal development workshop, focussing on how you can create a development plan that works for you by harnessing your strengths.

Finally, Ganymede will facilitate a practical workshop on personal development. We will be exploring leadership qualities, the means to identify your talents and how to promote them. The aim of this workshop is to empower our delegates to take the next step in their personal development.

Dr. Jane Atkinson CBE, FREng, MBA, C.Eng., B.Eng. (Hons), FIChemE.

Jane Atkinson is Executive Director Engineering and Automation for Bilfinger UK Ltd. She is responsible for all of the engineering design, technical, fabrication, major projects, automation and digitalisation services to the UK’s major blue-chip companies.

She began her career in 1990 with British Steel. During this period, she managed many of their assets in Teesside, Mobile and Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Jane then moved into power generation as Senior Vice President of all Sembcorp UK’s assets on Wilton International site. After 19 years in Plant operations, Jane then moved to Cape PLC. Whilst at Cape, Jane was Statutory Director and responsible for global delivery of all of Cape Specialist Services. In 2017, following acquisition of Cape, Jane became Transformation Director creating the UK largest industrial service provider; Altrad Services UK with a turnover of £600m.

Jane has won several awards most notably the UK’s No. 1 Most Influential Woman in Engineering in the UK 2019, the CBI First Woman Award in Manufacturing and the prestigious Stephenson’s Award for inspiring young people in science and engineering. In 2020, Jane received a CBE in the Queens Birthday Honours for Services to Chemical Engineering.


  • 15:00
  • 15:05
    Jane Atkinson: Practical Leadership. From someone who has been there, done that and got the hard hat!
  • 15:30
    Personal Development: Traditional barriers and how to break through
  • 16:15
    Putting your PDP into action: Taking your next steps into a leadership role
  • 17:00