Hello and welcome to the Women in Rail Yorkshire Regional Group!
The Women in Rail Yorkshire Regional Group (the WRY Group) was launched in 2016 to support and empower members of Women in Rail based in Yorkshire, provide them with a forum to develop their network locally and support them in their professional development, personal growth and confidence.
The WRY Group is led by Jennie Pitt (Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Employee Engagement, Relations & Policy at Engie UK) and Amy Pressland (Head of Learning and Development at DB Cargo UK).
The Steering Committee is comprised of Clare Brint (Network Rail), Sarah Birtles (Network Rail), Caroline Littler (LNER), Anna Vinogradova (Northern), Gema Garcia (Clancy), Frances Rogalski (Network Rail), Helen Townend (Amey).
All are volunteers, with full time day jobs, collectively representing a cross section of the railway industry in the Yorkshire region and are passionate about working with men, women and like-minded organisations in Yorkshire to support the diversity ambitions championed by Women in Rail.
To make sure you don’t miss out on the wide range of activities organised by the WRY Group, register on the Contact Us page and join the Women in Rail community in Yorkshire. Membership is completely free and will give you access the local and national events organised by the team.
See you soon!
WR Yorkshire Team
Jennie is Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Employee Engagement, Relations and Policy at Engie UK. Before starting this role in December 2020, Jennie was People Engagement & CR Manager at LNER. She is passionate about people and the impact that engagement and culture has on organisational success. Prior to joining the rail industry, Jennie worked in HR for the Fire Service where she led the diversity and inclusion agenda.
She has always had a keen interest in organisational psychology and what makes people tick and alongside her career in HR, achieved her Masters in Psychotherapy in 2007. Jennie is passionate about creating a diverse workforce and is looking forward to working with colleagues across the industry in developing the Yorkshire regional cluster of the Women in Rail network.
Dr Amy Pressland
Dr Amy Pressland works for DB Cargo UK in the role of Head of Learning and Development. She joined DBC UK in March 2016 as International HR Projects Manager and moved into her current role in June 2018.
Amy is passionate about learning, development and giving everyone access to self-improvement opportunities. Amy is a D&I specialist, having completed her doctorate in Women’s Studies. Amy is a trained coach and has published a number of articles, books chapters and her first book was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2017.