Hello and welcome to the Women in Rail Wales Regional Group!
We launched the Women in Rail group for Wales in June 2019. This group is made up of a committed collection of women from across the railways industry in Wales who have come together to offer a support platform for Women in Rail members working in the Wales and Western region and further the charity agenda of improving gender balance, diversity and inclusion in the rail industry. The group is now led by a new chair, Amanda Newton (Mand), Senior Incident Officer at Network Rail (Wales and Borders). Mand is joined by key industry partners at Transport for Wales Rail services, Transport for Wales, Great Western Railway, British Transport Police and Caf Rail on the steering group, along with key committee members who support this group at the local level. Ceri Taylor leads the committee and works for Transport for Wales as a Stakeholder liaison manager.
The group will provide members with an opportunity to expand their professional and personal network locally and through development workshops and access to a unique cross industry mentoring programme. We will support professional development and growth plus contributing to attracting, developing and retaining female talent in the industry.
We will be arranging and publishing events in North and South Wales, including networking events, development opportunities and, of course, some socialising to relax and have fun together. We have some ambitious plans which will showcase gender balance, diversity and inclusion. We seek to attract more women into the workforce in Wales.
There is huge investment in the railway network in Wales currently underway, which will result in new roles being created over the coming years with varied career opportunities, so it’s the ideal time to inspire woman from all backgrounds to join the rail sector in Wales.
To make sure you don’t miss out on the wide range of activities, events and opportunities, please register your membership which is completely free and will give you access to all the local or national events organised by the group.
We look forward to welcoming you to Women in Rail Wales!
Mand (Amanda Newton)
Amanda Newton - Senior Incident officer at National Rail
Mand (Amanda Newton) has taken over the chair of Women in rail for Wales, she is excited about the new challenge and hopes to work with key partners to develop a strategy to bring more women into the business along with encouraging and supporting a more diverse workforce within the railway industry in Wales.
Mand has worked in the railway industry for nearly 25 years starting as temp in November 95 based in the Railtrack offices in Swindon. She started her career in the performance team.