Hello and welcome to the Women in Rail East Midlands Regional Group!
The Women in Rail East Midlands Regional Group (WREM Group) officially launched in June 2017. We are here to support and empower members of Women in Rail based in the East Midlands, provide them with a forum to develop their network locally and support them in their professional development, personal growth and confidence.
The WREM Group is led by Sarah Reid (Leader/Chair) and supported by Caitlin Richardson (Finance Manager), Charmaine Welch (Communications Manager), Rebecca Adams and Jennifer Walpole (Events Manager).
All are volunteers, with full time day jobs, collectively representing a cross-section of the railway industry in the East Midlands region and are passionate about working together in the East Midlands to support the diversity ambitions championed by Women in Rail.
To make sure you do not miss out on the wide range of activities organised by the WREM Group, register on the Contact Us page and join the Women in Rail community in the East Midlands. Membership is completely free and will give you access to the local and national events organised by the team.
See you soon!
WR East Midlands Team
Sarah Reid (Commercial Director, Network Rail, Eastern)
Sarah is currently Commercial Director for Network Rail. Joining in 2019 having spent the last 12 years in the rail industry, initially in signaling for Westinghouse Rail before spending 8 years at Bombardier working with train operators on their rolling stock maintenance requirements. Prior to rail, Sarah studied Physics at Birmingham University before joining the Rolls Royce aerospace commercial graduate scheme and has since worked in automotive, IT and business process outsourcing before joining the rail industry.
She believes that the rail industry is just waking up to the benefits of diverse thinking and that as an industry we need to increase the pressure to drive real change within our lifetime. As chair for Women in Rail for the East Midlands, she helps to attract, support and retain women in the industry and last year launched ‘Never Mind the Gap’ – a cross industry work placement scheme to get more women into rail.
Lucy Chance-Arkell (Project Manager, Network Rail, Eastern)
Lucy is currently a Project Manager for Network Rail, Eastern Region. Since joining as a Project Management Assistant at the start of 2020, Lucy has had the opportunity to work across the commercial function supporting supplier relationship management, category management, transformation & change and procurement.
With 10 years’ experience in the events industry and a degree in Events Management, she has a keen eye for detail and a proactive approach to complex challenges. She is passionate about people and understands the impact of event engagement and inclusivity.
New to Women in Rail, she is looking forward to supporting and promoting initiatives with East Midlands.
Charlotte Cruise (Senior Hires Consultant (Rail & Rolling Stock), Shorterm Group)
Charlotte is a specialist rail & rolling stock recruiter at Shorterm Group. She has 7 years’ recruitment experience in total and 5 years within the rail sector specifically. Her experience spans from entry-level recruitment & training through to director level appointments and headhunting. She has been involved in recruitment nationally for some of the UKs largest rail companies including; Train Manufacturers, OEMs, TOCs, FOCs, ROSCOs, Consultancies and Design Houses.
She is the designated EDI Champion at Shorterm Group, and works collaboratively with clients to help them with diversity and inclusion strategies. This has included managing specific targeted recruitment drives with some of the UKs largest rail companies.
Within Women in Rail East Midlands, Charlotte is heavily involved in the attraction aims of the organisation. She has contributed significantly to our ‘Never Mind the Gap’ Scheme and has an interest in particular promoting the Rail industry as an attractive career choice for females.
Caitlin Richardson (Engineering Consultant, Mott MacDonald)
Caitlin is a highly-skilled engineering project manager with an extensive range of skills and experience within transport and manufacturing industries, including six years within rolling stock design and manufacture. She has a proven track record managing design and development programmes, having control of multi-million pound budgets and delivering a range of products through to successful production and operation. Caitlin now works for Mott MacDonald as an Engineering Consultant where she uses her experience to deliver projects in a wide range of fields such as new train procurement, refurbishment and life extension.
Caitlin is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and holds a degree in Integrated Engineering from Nottingham Trent. With over 20 years working in Engineering, she has significant experience of the challenges associated with improving inclusivity for all, and is committed to helping the industry continue the progress that has been made to date.
Amy Ogden (Industrial Designer, Alstom)
Amy has been working at Bombardier (now Alstom) since September 2017, joining the business through the Graduate Scheme. As well as working within her specialism of Industrial Design, Amy has experience in many areas of Alstom, including Project Management, Vehicle Design and Human Factors and Ergonomics. Amy has a degree in Industrial Design from Loughborough University.
Prior to joining Bombardier, Amy worked as a Design and Technology teacher for 4 years. Whilst teaching, Amy was passionate about encouraging pupils to take up Design and Engineering opportunities, particularly girls who had not considered pursuing Engineering and Design careers. Now working in rail, Amy continues to work as a STEM ambassador volunteering with several events to show local young people what an exciting career they can have within Engineering and Rail.
Bronnie Clarke (Programme Manager, Network Rail, Eastern)
Bronnie joined the Network Rail finance graduate scheme in September 2016 and has since held roles within Safety, Technical and Engineering, Infrastructure Projects and Maintenance. In 2019 she moved into Project Management as the Programme Manager for the East Midlands Route. She has since delivered a number pivotal projects, including leading the route’s ‘Putting Passengers First’ organisational change, re-control of Lincolnshire from York to Derby, and driving the ‘1st 50 Miles’ performance improvement programme.
Bronnie studied Law at the University of Birmingham and is a Chartered Management Accountant. She is currently undertaking a degree in Railway Operations with the Institute of Railway Operators. Bronnie is passionate about the benefit of a diverse team and wants to help make rail a more attractive place for women to work.
Caitlin Webb (Business Relationship Manager, CoMech Metrology Limited)
Caitlin began her career within the Rail sector in 2018 and joined the Women in Rail East Midlands Leadership Committee in February 2019. She is currently employed as a Business Relationship Manager for CoMech Metrology. CoMech Metrology are a key player within UK Rail and Rolling Stock, and specialise in calibration, testing, and verification services. Caitlin’s role as Business Relationship Manager involves public and private sector bid management, bid writing, and sales. In addition to her current roles, Caitlin is undertaking a part time LLB (Hons) Law with Nottingham Law School at NTU from 2020-2024 and is a member of APM and APMP.
Caitlin engages in event planning and membership attraction for Women in Rail, and has represented the charity at events, such as Rail Live 2019. She is passionate about equality and intersectionality and hopes to champion these ideals in her work with Women in Rail.
Nicola McGuire (Marketing Manager, AEGIS Engineering System)
Nicola is currently Marketing Manager for AEGIS Engineering Systems, joining in 2018 having spent more than 20 years working for various companies within the rail industry. Following the successful completion of a HND Business & Finance at Derby University, she embarked on her rail career starting at Adtranz (latterly Bombardier Transportation) working her way up to Spares Aftersales Manager before joining Transys Projects as Senior Sales Manager, then Achilles as a UK Account Manager for the Link-up scheme and finally Ricardo Rail in a number of roles.
Since joining AEGIS Engineering Systems, Nicola has championed the company, their engineers and the wider rail industry as a STEM ambassador promoting a career in the sector from school level to wider diversity and inclusion initiatives such as Women in Rail and has participated in many of their regional and national events.
Through her own experiences across the industry, she has shared her knowledge and experience to mentor people new to the sector and help improve retention.
Nicola has recently joined the Women in Rail East Midlands committee and is looking forward to offering her insight and helping to promote new initiatives.