The RailStaff Awards 2018

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The RailStaff Awards Hall of Fame

Listed below are a list of all the winners, both past and present, that have been awarded a RailStaff Award.

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Rebecca Munro

Apprentice of the Year

Winner: Rebecca Munro, Mott MacDonald

Rebecca, a technician P-way engineer, has been described as a star of the future and a great ambassador for the industry. She has already been nominated for, and won, several other awards for the outstanding support she has given to engineers within her department.

1st Runner-up: Christopher Brazier, AECOM

2nd Runner-up: Marisa Bajerski, Network Rail

Kai Gohegan

Depot Staff of the Year

Winner: Kai Gohegan, Southern

Kai Gohegan joined Southern’s Fleet Control team in 2012 (within the engineering department) and, whilst working as a fleet planning manager, built and further developed his Rail Tech Software (RTS) web-based engineering/operations management system. Over the past few years, Kai has utilised his RTS platform to develop many applications to support colleagues with new or improved systems within engineering and also across the wider GTR business.

1st Runner-up: Scott Wild, CrossCountry Trains

2nd Runner-up: S&C North Alliance Doncaster depot, S&C North Alliance

Conor Maton

Graduate of the Year

Winner: Conor Maton, Telent

Following a successful stint within Telent’s Ops Comms team, Conor joined the company’s IP Networks team. Since arriving, he has been instrumental in the company winning a contract to provide a comms network for Crossrail. 

1st Runner-up: Fiona Power, Costain Ltd

2nd Runner-up: Ruth Shevelan, Mott MacDonald

Positive Intervention to Control Exposure to Ballast Dust

Infrastructure or Plant Person or Team of the Year

Winner: Positive Intervention to Control Exposure to Ballast Dust, VolkerRail

Awareness and knowledge of how to minimise the risk from exposure to ballast dust, specifically Silica dust while working in and around tampers, was the chosen topic for an internal training programme developed by VolkerRail’s Supervisors Forum. The project has made significant developments in improving awareness of the health and safety issues brought about by ballast dust on the railway network and of the control measures needed.

1st Runner-up: Paul Murphy, Keltbray Rail

2nd Runner-up: Dover Sea Wall Project, Network Rail

Scott Harrison

Lifetime Achievement Award

Winner: Scott Harrison, SPX Flow

Since joining the industry 20 years ago, Scott has worked his way up to become the global director of rail for one of the world’s largest manufacturing corporations. Throughout his career, he has played a major role in shaping the future direction of the industry, including being heavily involved in the development and implementation of the COSS system.

1st Runner-up: Stephen Freeman, Stanway Consulting Ltd

2nd Runner-up: Karl Watts, Rail Operations Group

Marketing and Customer Relations team

Marketing and Communications Person or Team of the Year

Winner: Marketing and Customer Relations team, Merseyrail

The Wirral Loop Line track renewal brought about six months of disruptions to MerseyRail customers – who would have found it difficult to get excited about the necessary concrete replacement. Nevertheless, the challenge was set to keep relations high and through a thoroughly planned communications campaign – including working with partners MerseyTravel and Network Rail – meant that targets were exceeded.

1st Runner-up: John Kennils, Freyssinet Limited

2nd Runner-up: Joanna Hemmings, Network Certification Body

Nicola May

Outstanding Customer Service Award

Winner: Nicola May, TransPennine Express

Conductor Nikki has worked at TransPennine Express for four years. She has received praise for the way she has helped several customers, including helping return a shoe that fell under a train to a young passenger.

1st Runner-up: Faye Lambert, London Midland

2nd Runner-up: John Wards and Simon Cheesman, Network Rail

Amritpal Brom

Project Manager of the Year

Winner: Amritpal Brom, Cross Country

Amritpal Brom has, since joining CrossCountry Trains, continuously delivered, consistently exceeding all expectations. Amritpal shows great determination and commitment to all projects that he is involved in, driving the project team and ensuring that every member of the team is recognised once the project has been successfully completed. No matter how many projects are in the pipeline, Amritpal will work tirelessly to deliver them. 

1st Runner-up: May-Ann Lew, Young Rail Professionals

2nd Runner-up: Jamie Howells, Poise Group

Ana Walpole

Rail Engineer of the Year

Winner: Ana Walpole, AECOM

Ana Walpole is a civil engineer who has developed her capabilities rapidly through the early stages of her career. Currently working on the Wessex Capacity Programme, she is always keen to take on the next challenge, which she then delivers beyond expectations, producing quality work and successful outcomes. Ana is an all-rounder, demonstrating excellent technical engineering ability allied with strong leadership and communication skills. 

1st Runner-up: James Gatley, Linbrooke Services Ltd

2nd Runner-up: Richard Errington, Stobart Rail Ltd

Nick Chadwick

Rail Manager of the Year

Winner: Nick Chadwick, Virgin Trains

An “unsung hero” whose work to improve driver recruitment, performance and engagement has been overshadowed by colleagues in the past. Nick has been nominated for developing and managing the very first Train Driver Apprenticeship programme in the UK and for implementing cutting-edge post-incident diagnostic, investigation and support for train drivers.

1st Runner-up: Karen Sherwin, Great northern

2nd Runner-up: Clare Williams, Southern

Arron Raimbault

Rail Person of the Year

Winner: Arron Raimbault, Network Rail

Station control assistant Arron was on duty at London Bridge station during the terrorist attack around Borough Market in June. He put passenger welfare at the top of the agenda, providing unparalleled support to a relatively new shift station manager and the wider
station team.

1st Runner-up: Pete Donnelly, CrossCountry

2nd Runner-up: Octavia Neeves, Network Rail GWWC Infrastructure Projects

Adrian Pattison and Mark Neal

Rail Safety Person of the Year

Winner: Adrian Pattison and Mark Neal, Freightliner

Birmingham-based operations manager Adrian Pattison and multi-skilled operative Mark Neal took up the challenge set by Freightliner’s new owners, Genesee & Wyoming (G&W), to take safety to the next level – ‘Zero Injuries’. With that goal in mind, Adrian and Mark worked tirelessly towards an accident-free environment, doing so on top of their busy day-jobs. As a result, the Birmingham terminal has achieved 963 days without a lost-time accident – an outstanding accomplishment! 

1st Runner-up: Seth Harrison, VolkerRail

2nd Runner-up: Jay Thompson, Greater Anglia

Disaster Victim Identification (BTP's DVI)

Rail Team of the Year

Winner: Disaster Victim Identification (BTP's DVI), British Transport Police

The DVI team is called upon when there are multiple individuals who have died as a result of a single incident. They recover the bodies in a dignified manner whilst preserving the forensic aspects of the investigation. In recent months, BTP’s DVI team has been deployed to the Croydon tram crash, the Manchester Arena and London Bridge terrorist incidents and the Grenfell Tower fire. Each member has gone beyond their duties.

1st Runner-up: Old Oak Common Open Day Team, Great Western Railway

2nd Runner-up: MTR Crossrail Travel Safe Team, MTR Crossrail

Paula Hilliard

RBF "Heart of Gold' Award for Charity

Winner: Paula Hilliard, Govia Thameslink Railway

Employee engagement manager Paula Hillard co-ordinates GTR’s Prince’s Trust programme and goes above and beyond the expected support for the youngsters. She was also a driving force for raising funds for the victims of the Grenfell Tower tragedy. In less than a week she took up the challenge of organising collections at large stations and thanks to her efforts more than 60 people from GTR helped to raise over £12,000.

1st Runner-up: Lesley Soane, Network Rail

2nd Runner-up: Kev Adlam, Branch Line Society

Danielle Peach

Recruiter / HR Person of the Year

Winner: Danielle Peach, Ford & Stanley

Danielle has been a revelation since joining Ford & Stanley just over a year ago. Within that short time, she has progressed from trainee to one of the company’s most valuable employees. Dani is the first person that many clients think of when they need a contractor and she never fails to deliver.

1st Runner-up: Adam Razzell, ARM

2nd Runner-up: Ossie Phipps, Costain staff for C610 ATC

Tek Malla and Purna Gurung

Samaritans Lifesaver Award

Winner: Tek Malla and Purna Gurung, Land Sheriffs

Land Sheriffs Tek Mella and Purna Gurung were called out to a situation at West Worthing station where their professional and sensitive approach helped to save a life. After calling the police, the pair engaged with a distressed male and placed themselves between him and danger in the process until help arrived.

1st Runner-up: James Graysmark, London Midland

2nd Runner-up: Esther Burns, Virgin Trains WC

IP Signalling Northern LNE Construction Team

Signalling & Telecommunications Person or Team of the Year

Winner: IP Signalling Northern LNE Construction Team, Network Rail

Network Rail’s IP Signalling Northern LNE Construction Team, with the help of the Works Delivery Special Projects team, has successfully delivered several significant resignalling schemes, including North Lincs, Ferriby, Brigg, South Kirkby and, most recently, Huddersfield to Bradford. 

1st Runner-up: Works Delivery Signalling Scotland Route, Network Rail

2nd Runner-up: Siemens Rail Automation Test team - Manchester, Siemens Rail Automation

Adrian Suter and London Bridge Team

Station Staff of the Year

Winner: Adrian Suter and London Bridge Team, Network Rail

Shift station manager Adrian Suter and the London Bridge station team did a magnificent job through the night of the tragic events on London Bridge and Borough Market. A decision was made to lock down the station, cancel trains, undertake a full security sweep and provide drinks. Once all the terrorists had been apprehended, the team arranged for a train to let as many as possible continue their journey home.

1st Runner-up: Caroline Horne, South West Trains

2nd Runner-up: Marie-Claire Duffy, Virgin Trains WC

Colin Newton

Train Driver of the Year

Winner: Colin Newton, Northern

During his short time with the company, Colin has demonstrated true professionalism and dedication to his role. Earlier this year, Colin dealt with an emergency incident when a passenger was taken seriously ill on his train. After stopping the train, Colin went to assess the situation and found that the man was having a heart attack. Colin went on to administer CPR, but sadly despite his best efforts the gentleman was pronounced dead.

1st Runner-up: David O'Connor, Southeastern

2nd Runner-up: Chris Compton, Greater Abellio

Learning and Development Team Greater Anglia

Trainer or Training Team of the Year

Winner: Learning and Development Team Greater Anglia, Greater Anglia

Learning and development was recorded as one of the top three most improved areas in the most recent Greater Anglia annual opinion survey results and a top two organisational strength with an increase of seven per cent. Working tightly as a team they took on a number of development coordination tasks and activities for a new talent programme. 

1st Runner-up: Training Team Larbert Training Centre, Network Rail

2nd Runner-up: Virgin Trains West Coast Talent Academy, West Coast Trains Ltd.