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 led by Leila Rahimzadeh (Head of People Strategy/Industry HR Partner, Rail Delivery Group), supported by board members, Lizzie Ooi (People Strategy Manager, RDG), Sandrine Geddis (Operations Standards Manager, Eurostar), Serenela Barbur (Training Standards Manager, Training Governance and Assurance, Network Rail) and Susan Evans (Rail Bridges and Structures Business Director, 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 - Head of People Strategy / Industry HR Partner at Rail Delivery Group
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.
Lizzie Ooi - People Strategy Manager at Rail Delivery Group
Lizzie Ooi is the People Strategy Manager within RDG, supporting the work within the skills, diversity and inclusion, and Train Driver Academy agenda. Lizzie joined the rail industry in March 2018 and is keen to introduce the rail industry to more women.
Sandrine Geddis - Operations Standards 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 - Rail Bridges and Structures Business Director, 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.
Serenela Barbur - Training Standards Manager, Training Governance and Assurance at Network Rail
Serenela has a strong background in Training and has been in the Rail Industry for over 10 years in various roles. She currently manages a small team of Training Quality Assurance Specialists in Network Rail, leading on Training Standards Strategy.
Prior to joining Network Rail, Serenela worked for a tier 2 M&E contractor leading on training issues and developing a management development programme. Serenela started her career in Rail as a Train Captain for DLR.
Sae Ah Yoon - Associate Director, AECOM
As a current project role, she is the Programme Manager on Network Rail – South Rail Systems Alliance contract, managing the Development stage of the track system renewal portfolio over various regional routes.
Sae Ah is Chartered Civil Engineer and Full Member of Association for Project Management, working in rail industry for over 15 years. Her primary experience is in Project Management, following Designer’s role in Track and Bridge Engineering during early career.
Liz Holford - National Strategic and Technical Lead (Social Performance), Network Rail
Liz is Network Rail’s national strategic and technical lead around social performance – developing and rolling out a Social Value Framework and co-creating the new Rail Social Value Tool. She’s worked across sustainability, supply chains and social value for almost twenty years; on flagship construction projects (e.g. London Bridge station redevelopment, London 2012 Aquatic Centre, HS2 Ltd), within local authorities and, as a consultant on multiple projects. Liz is a member of Social Value UK, a fellow of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (FIEMA) and a full member of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (MCIPS).
Lucy McAuliffe - Stations and Security Director, Network Rail (Southern Region)
Lucy McAuliffe is Stations and Security Director in Network Rail’s Southern Region. She leads a large operational team to deliver safety, security and customer service across iconic rail stations in London and the South East. Lucy has previously worked at Gatwick Airport where she was Head of Passenger Security and her career has spanned operational and strategic leadership roles within bus, coach, rail and aviation sectors in the transport industry.
Lucy is passionate about inclusive leadership, delivering great service and acts as a mentor to support others. She holds a BA (Hons) from the University of Nottingham is a CMI Fellow and Chartered Manager and is keen to promote the opportunities for everyone that the rail industry provides.
Jack Parrott - Customer Service, LNER
Jack joined the LNER Customer Service Team in 2019 he has a passion for helping people and takes pride in supporting his colleagues. Since joining the rail industry Jack has worked with the LNER Inclusion Network and newly Kings Cross EDI Network he has been a part of several projects around PRIDE and Mental Health Awareness. A male ally for his team Jack is passionate about EDI and working towards creating an inclusive railway where people are comfortable in being themselves, and one where anyone can achieve results if they put the work in.