Hello and welcome to the Women in Rail London Group!
The Women in Rail London Group (the WRL Group) aims to support and empower our Women in Rail members (men and women) based in and around London by providing them with a forum to develop their network locally and receive help in their professional development, personal growth and confidence.
The WR London Group is now led by Leila Rahimzadeh (Industry HR Partner/Head of People Strategy, Rail Delivery Group), supported by board members Anna Christina Maudet (Sales Lead and Business Development Manager, Hitachi Rail Limited), Charo Barcena (Project Director, SYSTRA LTD), Christine Fernandes (Business Development CAF), Hannah Staunton (Head of External Affairs, East West Rail), Katherine Stowe (Senior Engineer, Network Rail), Lizzie Ooi (People Strategy Manager, RDG), Riya Patil (Head of Business Planning, Hitachi Rail), Sandrine Geddis (On Board Services Standards & Rules Manager, Eurostar), and Susan Evans (Business Director Rail, Bridges and Structures, AECOM UK&I).
To ensure you don’t miss out on the launch event and the wide range of activities organised by the London Group – including networking events, development workshops, seminars (and the fun get-togethers!) – register on the Contact Us page and join the Women in Rail community in London.
Membership is completely free and will give you access to the local and national events organised by the team.
See you soon!
WR London Team
Leila Rahimzadeh - Industry HR Partner / People Strategy Team Leader at RDG
Leila Rahimzadeh is an Industry HR Partner / People Strategy Team Leader in RDG. With extensive HR and management background, Leila is passionate for the People and Diversity agenda and has helped drive this through setting up a Training & Development forum as well as running the Diversity & Inclusion group with RDG members.
Charo Barcena - Project Director at SYSTRA Ltd
Charo is a Chartered Civil Engineer with 15+ years’ experience specialising in the coordination and management of the design, construction and supervision of structures and civil infrastructure projects, mainly within the rail industry both in the UK and in Spain. She is currently Project Director at SYSTRA Ltd.
Christine Fernandes - Business Development, CAF Rail
Christine joined the rail industry as an undergraduate sponsored student. She has undertaken a variety of roles within the industry as well as spending some time out of the industry working in retail and property.
She currently works for the Spanish train manufacturer CAF in the Business Development function.
Christine is an electrical engineering graduate but has spent most of her career in management and commercial roles. She has spent her university education and working career in male gender dominated environments and is keen to take on the challenge of promoting diversity and the advantages of it.
Sandrine Geddis - On Board Services Standards and Rules Manager at Eurostar
Sandrine Geddis is the On Board Services Standards and Rules Manager at Eurostar. Sandrine is the rail safety expert for the train managers and catering crew who have safety responsibilities on board.
Sandrine started her railway carrier at Eurostar in 1994 as a Train Manager before becoming a team manager and later on the Training and Competency Manager for OBS.
Susan Evans - Business Director Rail, Bridges and Structures, AECOM UK&I
Susan leads the Rail, Bridges and Structures business for AECOM UK&I. The Business comprises 1000 engineers working on infrastructure design and asset management across all regions in the UK and in the Republic of Ireland. Susan additionally holds a Non-Executive position on the High Speed Rail Group Board.
Prior to her role at AECOM, Susan has held a number of positions across business leadership, project and programme management, business development and engineering in the rail, aerospace and measurement science sectors. She has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Loughborough University.
Riya Patil - Head of Business Planning within Hitachi Rail's Business Management Office of the EMEA region
Riya is a Head of Business Planning within Hitachi Rail’s Business Management Office of the EMEA region. Riya is a Chartered Manager and Mechanical Engineer with a Masters degree in Business Process Management.
Before joining the Rail industry, she worked in aerospace, automotive and manufacturing industries. She has delivered many multimillion-pound projects and strategic transformations. She is passionate about business excellence and strategy.
Riya is an advocate of diversity and inclusion and keen to encourage more girls to join engineering industries and management positions.
Anna Christina Maudet - Sales Lead and Business Development Manager at Hitachi Rail Limited
Anna Christina Maudet is a Sales Lead and Business Development Manager at Hitachi Rail Limited. Having a keen interest in sustainable mobility and transport she joined the rail industry in 2018. Prior to joining Hitachi Anna has assumed various Commercial and Business Development roles in the sustainability field, having spent 10 years working for Siemens in France, Germany and the UK. Her role at Hitachi and her previous engagement with Siemens’ Sustainable Cities initiative allowed her to be exposed to some of the biggest rail projects across the world.
Anna is passionate about fighting climate change and attracting young people to join the rail industry. Despite her love of trains and the purpose they fulfill she loves to commute to work by bike, is a keen Yogee and enjoys going to the various London theatres.
Hannah Staunton, FCMI - Head of External Affairs at East West Railway Company
Hannah’s decade in communications spans a wide range of industries and projects, always with a large element of infrastructure and the built environment. She is passionate about conducting meaningful and impactful conversations with local communities, and has lead consultations for King’s Cross Station, Gatwick Airport and the Earls Court Redevelopment.
She now leads the External Affairs function at the East West Railway Company: a new organisation with a remit to positively disrupt the industry and put communities at the core of decision making.
Nasreen Janmohamed - Senior HR Business Partner at Network Rail
Nasreen is a Senior HR Business Partner, working for Network Rail. Her area of expertise is generalist HR and is one of the route leads for diversity and inclusion, which is one of her passions. Previous to working at Network Rail, she has held various roles across the healthcare sector as well as experience in professional services.