Listed below are a list of all the winners, both past and present, that have been awarded a RailStaff Award.
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 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
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
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
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
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
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 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 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
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
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
1st Runner-up: Pete Donnelly, CrossCountry
2nd Runner-up: Octavia Neeves, Network Rail GWWC Infrastructure Projects
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
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
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 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 Razzzel, ARM
2nd Runner-up: Ossie Phipps, Costain staff for C610 ATC
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
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
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
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 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.