Hello and a huge welcome to the Women in Rail Scottish Regional Group.

The WR Scotland Group aims to provide its members, women and men in the Rail industry, with a supportive and friendly local network for their professional development, personal growth and professional confidence.

I would like to ask for volunteers from our industry, both women and men, to help with the operation of the WR Scotland Group, working in partnership with organisations such as Young Rail Professionals (YRP), the National Skills Academy for Rail (NSAR) and others at Women in Rail.

Please let me know if you are interested in helping me with this great opportunity and leading Scotland to help progress and grow industry diversity and inclusion.

The objectives for the WR Scotland Group are to:

  • Provide a forum to support operational and non-operational professional development for women in rail in Scotland.
  • Attract more women into rail; we must do more to encourage female talent from schools, colleges and universities, inspire the next generation and support the UK wide Women in Rail campaign for industry.
  • Develop a Scottish awards programme to showcase the talent and achievements in both operational and non‐operational rail industry roles across the country.

We will be organising a variety of events for members including networking events, development workshops, speaker events and of course some relaxing and fun get-togethers.

To make sure you don’t miss out on any of these activities organised by the Scottish Group, register on Contact Us and join the Women in Rail community in Scotland. Membership is completely free and will give you access to local and national events.

I hope to hear from you soon,

Email: Scotland@womeninrail.org

Shona Clive- Head of Marketing and Communications, Babcock

Shona is Head of Marketing and Communications at Babcock’s Rail business, currently the largest plain line track renewals contractor in the country and as part of ABC Electrification, the largest rail electrification supplier.  Part of Babcock International Group PLC, the Rail business supports Network Rail and other rail industry customers in providing a safe, reliable and efficient rail network across the UK.

Shona is an all-round marketing and communications professional with a circa 20 year track record of delivering successful creative communications solutions with a strong emphasis on brand development.  With a focus on delivering effective communications to help drive business results, Shona has a keen interest in employee engagement, change management and organisational psychology.  Her career has spanned a range of different roles including bid writing/bid management, key account management and stakeholder management.

Eva Maclnnes - Vice President, COWI UK Limited

Eva MacInnes is Vice President for COWI UK Limited in Scotland, a multidisciplinary engineering design consultancy based in Glasgow.

Eva graduated with a Masters degree in Civil Engineering with International Studies, MEng (hons), in 2005 from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, including a year at the University of Calgary in Canada.  Eva is a chartered Civil Engineer (CEng MICE) with the Institution of Civil Engineers and is a professional member of the UK Register of Ground Engineering Professionals (RoGEP). Eva is also a member of the British Geotechnical Association (BGA).

Eva’s engineering skills lie in the design, construction, and project management on a wide range of civil and geotechnical engineering projects.  Key experience has been gained through her work on the Scottish Railway Network where she is COWI UK’s design lead and project manager of the RCDP Contract with QTS Group and Network Rail.  In addition to railway improvement works, Eva has experience on large earthwork contracts, highways infrastructure, healthcare and wind farm developments as well as smaller residential and local authority schemes.

Eva is dedicated to encouraging and promoting the development of young engineers, she is a Delegated Engineer at COWI UK, supporting graduates pursuing chartered status.  Eva is also a member of the University of Strathclyde’s Industry Advisory Board and has presented to final year female engineering students at Napier University. ​

Eva will act as treasurer for the Women in Rail Scotland Regional Group.

Gail Blythe - Project Manager Infrastructure Maintenance, Siemens

Gail is currently working for Siemens leading the Infrastructure Maintenance team for the Edinburgh Tram Network.  With an honours degree in Electrical Engineering and a member of the Association for Project Management, Gail has 20+ years experience in a variety of roles within the Rail Industry. Commercially astute, Gail has excellent organisational and planning skills, is a team builder, who communicates effectively at a team or individual level, with a proven and successful record in leading organisational and business change.

Lisa McGhee - Marketing Manager, QTS

Lisa has over a decade of experience in the marketing and communications industry, having started her career working with Scotland’s leading PR agency. Over the course of her career, Lisa has worked on a number of high profile clients including Network Rail’s Airdrie-Bathgate Line, ConstructionSkills, Glasgow Harbour, dandara and Halcrow.

Latterly, Lisa spent six years working at Trump Turnberry, a Luxury Collection Resort, where she managed all of the marketing and PR efforts for the resort. She oversaw the marketing strategy for the relaunch of the five-star hotel and Championship golf course in 2016.

Since joining QTS in January 2018, Lisa is responsible for all marketing and brand activity for the company. She is actively involved in work with young people, through schools’ activity and the Youth Athlete programme, plus she is a keen member of the Women in Rail steering group.

Lorna McDonald - Business Manager, Hitachi

Lorna originates from East Yorkshire and from the age of 16 began her career as a motor vehicle engineer, working across all aspects of the industry for several years.

In her early 20’s she successfully applied to be a police officer in Humberside Police.

During her first 15yrs she was the force lead for community cohesion as well as a child protection officer. Dealing with some high profile investigations, she worked with vulnerable young people and children. She decided she would do her bit to support these families by becoming a foster carer. Juggling parenting her own child, fostering and policing for several years she decided in 2010 to look for a new challenge, she moved to London and joined the Counter Terrorism Command.

Having spent 22yrs in policing, Lorna decided that joining the rail industry would be an exciting career change. After a year in central government at BEIS as the lead for the UK rail supply chain, she joined Hitachi as a business manager. Working for a global high-speed train company, she travels extensively across the UK and the rest of the world nurturing existing relationships and building new ones.

She is currently responsible for introducing battery technology into the UK rail market. She is committed to supporting the UK supply chain and works alongside various rail trade associations supporting new entrants into the market place.  As the lead for Scotland, Lorna spends much of her time in Scotland with her colleagues. Be it at depots, within the control rooms or working alongside government stakeholders, the investment into Scotland is very much for the long term.

Lorna juggles being a mother, a mentor, a school governor and encourages women and apprenticeships into the rail industry.

Sarah Alexander - Senior Associate, Dentons

Sarah is a Senior Associate in Dentons’ construction and engineering team, specialising in dispute resolution since 2008 with a particular focus on resolving issues arising in high value onshore and offshore construction projects. Sarah is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in construction law, and is qualified to practice in Scotland, England & Wales, and Ireland.

Sarah frequently advises on projects involving rail infrastructure, whether that be on behalf of asset owners or contractors working on or in the vicinity of the railways. Dentons is currently Network Rail’s sole provider of legal services in Scotland, and is one of a number of panel firms providing advice in England & Wales. Sarah has been instructed to advise Network Rail in relation to a number of projects across the rail network in Scotland.

Lorna Gibson - Training Director, QTS Training Ltd

Lorna Gibson is Training Director for QTS Training Ltd, a subsidiary company of the QTS Group, Railway Infrastructure Engineers, which supplies railway safety, on-track plant, health and safety, rope access and construction management training to the rail and wider industries.

Lorna is also President, and a Director, of the Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce and Industry, sits on the Developing Young Workforce Ayrshire Steering Group and is Vice-Chair and Trustee of the Hansel Foundation, as well as recently being invited to sit on the NSAR Rail Apprenticeship Quality Board.

Lorna has over 25 years’ experience of business management and business development within the private sector, initially a senior business manager within Doig & Smith, a UK wide Chartered Surveying practice, followed by a directorship with Paligap Brands Ltd, a digital marketing agency based in Ayrshire, and now for the past 5 years as a Director within the QTS Group.

A passionate member of the Ayrshire Business Community Lorna is involved with a wide range of business activities particularly with regard to employer engagement with education and encouraging young people towards the rail and STEM industries.