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 Beckie Barnes (Lead HR Manager, KeolisAmey Docklands Ltd), Charo Barcena (Project Director, SYSTRA LTD), Christine Fernandes (Business Development CAF), Emily Glover (Assistant Project Manager with CPC Systems), Emily Lightowler (Head of Policy, Abellio), Katherine Stowe (Senior Engineer, Network Rail), Laura Beverly (Head of Strategic Planning and Assurance, RDG), Lizzie Ooi (Skills Coordinator, RDG), Michelle Jackson (Management Team Assistant to the CEO and Chair, Transport Focus), Sandrine Geddis (On Board Services Standards & Rules Manager, Eurostar), Susan Evans (MD, Urban and Services, Alstom Transport UK&I), and Tervonne Cummins (Customer Experience Manager, RDG)
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.
Beckie Barnes – Lead HR Manager at KeolisAmey Docklands
Beckie Barnes is a Lead HR Manager at KeolisAmey Docklands and has a number of years experience working as an HR Generalist within the Rail and Manufacturing sectors.
Beckie is passionate about increasing the number of women in engineering and improving the profile of careers in rail. She is an active member of KAD’s Equality and Diversity Steering Group who have set targets to increase their female engineering population by 2021.
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.
Laura Beverley – Head of Strategic Planning and Assurance / Rail Delivery Group
Laura is the Head of Strategic Planning and Assurance at the Rail Delivery Group. She is responsible for the strategy, governance, reporting, portfolio management, risk, assurance and audit. Previous to this she worked at Network Rail within the central business change team. Laura is an experienced change management professional with a proven track record in building effective relationships to drive strategic change agendas. She listens to the needs of the business and via cross-functional working delivers outcomes with a methodical, pragmatic and articulate direction.
Laura is currently studying for an Executive MBA at Cass Business School and works alongside two other charities; Laura sits on the Corporate Advisory Group at Street League and is a mentor for Women in Transport.
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 - Managing Director Urban & Services for Alstom Transport UK&I
Susan Evans is Managing Director Urban & Services for Alstom Transport UK&I and an Alstom UK Board Member. Since November 2016 she is also the Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Community Transport Association and has recently been appointed to the RIA Board.
Susan has worked at Alstom Transport since 2013. She is currently responsible for Alstom’s contracts covering Northern Line fleet maintenance, Dublin tram vehicle and infrastructure maintenance, Nottingham tram maintenance, Nottingham D&C warranty.
Prior to her role at Alstom, Susan held a number of positions across technology research, business development and engineering in both the 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.