Our judging panel is made up of a selection of industry experts.
Judges for RailStaff Awards 2019 will be announced soon.
Glynis Appelbe joined the G&W UK/Europe region in March 2016 as HR Director – UK/Europe/Middle East.
Prior to G&W UK/Europe she was the Head of HR for a FTSE listed global diversified mining company, Eurasian Natural Resources (‘ENRC’) PLC, spanning Europe, South America, Africa and Kazakhstan. Prior to RNRC she spent 16 years working in financial services related environments in subsidiaries of Barclays, ABN Amro and Hitachi Capital.
Ms Appelbe earned a business degree from University of Limerick, Ireland and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development.
Carolyn has worked in the rail sector throughout her career and continues to do so.
She is a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and Fellow of the Royal Academy. She has worked on mainline railways as a depot technician, supervisor and manager, as Senior Maintenance Engineer on Singapore’s Mass Rapid Transit establishing and managing the organisation’s rail vehicle maintenance capability; on light rail as Engineering Director, of the then new South Yorkshire Supertram where she was responsible for setting up and managing the maintenance arrangements for of all aspects of the infrastructure and rail vehicles.
She was Engineering Director of for the Rail Regulator during privatisation of the UK’s railways before moving into the private sector herself to, in Sweden, oversee the development of new rail traction equipment for the UK’s market. She was then promoted to take up a new role as Senior Vice President at the corporate headquarters in Berlin of a leading rail vehicle and signalling equipment manufacturer.
Her last full time role was to establish and then lead the Rail Accident Investigation Branch, UK (RAIB) reporting directly to the Secretary of State for Transport. By the time she left the RAIB it was ranked by its peers as a world class organisation and was one of the top performing organisations in the Civil Service in terms of team work and motivation. Under her management the RAIB conducted over 250 full investigations and 95% of the recommendations arising from those were accepted and implemented - creating real positive change in the industry. She went on to become the President of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, completing her term in May 2018.
She is a former chair of the Institution’s Railway Division and a current member of the Institution’s Council. She is a Non-Executive Director of Irish Rail, Board Member of the Engineering Council and chair of the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety, Rail Working Group. She is an External Examiner for the University of Birmingham. She has previously been a Governor of Imperial College, London and has been awarded an honorary Doctorate by Cranfield University for her services to the rail industry. She currently spends her limited free time renovating a 17th Century cottage in Somerset, engaging in visual arts and travelling.
David Shirres joined British Rail in 1968 as a scholarship student and graduated in Mechanical Engineering from Sussex University. He has also been awarded a Diploma in Engineering Management by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
His roles in British Rail included Maintenance Assistant at Slade Green, Depot Engineer at Haymarket, Scottish DM&EE Training Engineer and ScotRail Safety Systems Manager.
In 1975, he took a three-year break as a volunteer to manage an irrigation project in Bangladesh.
He retired from Network Rail in 2009 after a 37-year railway career. At that time, he was working on the Airdrie to Bathgate project in a role that included the management of utilities and consents. Prior to that, his roles in the privatised railway included various quality, safety and environmental management posts.
David was appointed Editor of Rail Engineer in January 2017 and, since 2010, has written many articles for the magazine on a wide variety of topics including events in Scotland, rail innovation and Russian Railways. In 2013, the latter gave him an award for being its international journalist of the year.
He is also an active member of the IMechE’s Railway Division, having been Chair and Secretary of its Scottish Centre.
John Downer, Board Director of High Speed Rail Industry Leaders, and Client Account Director for Rail Solutions at Jacobs
Offering a unique background and diversity of thought to the rail industry, John is an environmental scientist by degree and Chartered Wastes Manager and Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management.
He worked in the waste PFI and PPP sector for his ten years at Jacobs, ultimately leading their technical, procurement and commercial advisory services business.
John joined the rail sector in February 2014, initially leading work winning and business development with HS2, Network Rail, TfL, DfT and the Historical Railways Estate. He is presently the Client Account Director for Rail Solutions directing all of Jacobs’ market engagement in the rail sector.
John has been a Board Director of High Speed Rail Industry Leaders since October 2017, through which he:
Within Jacobs, John is on the Rail Business Leadership Team, he is a ‘Positive Mental Health’ first aider and an Inclusion and Diversity champion.
John Sheehy is the Chief Executive Officer of the Transport Benevolent Fund CIO (TBF) a membership charity for public transport workers.
TBF currently has over 60,000 contributing members and John sees on a daily basis the amount of help granted towards the Fund’s members who experience need, hardship or distress. TBF can sometimes be the difference between surviving and going under.
John joined TBF in 1998 as a Benefits Assistant and before that he started with LUL in 1989, firstly as a Guard before becoming a Train Operator.
John is proud to be part of the TBF because he says it is not every day that you can be part of an organisation that makes such a difference to people’s lives when they really need it.
Paul was appointed as Chief Executive Officer at Total Rail Solutions following the completion of a management buyout in November 2018.
He is responsible for the strategic direction of the business and ensuring the efficient and safe running of all operational activities. Paul comes from a commercial background and combines this expertise with 15 years’ experience in the rail sector, to ensure strong leadership of an excellent team at TRS.
Joined Westermo in 2005 starting as an Area Sales Manager with the geographical area being North of the UK.
In 2008 my role changed to Infrastructure Sales manager working mainly for the Rail Sector but also having responsibility for Highways and transport in general.
During this period I have been developing the rail business for Westermo by building brand awareness performing various activities such as joining and taking part in industry focus and networking groups, developing the Westermo annual rail event, collaborating and forming partnerships with Key companies within the rail sector, working with Network Rail to gain product acceptance for the Westermo products.
Ruth Busby, is the HR Director at Great Western Railway (GWR) responsible for leading the people agenda during a significant period of transformation.
Ruth joined GWR in March 2018, from the Atomic Weapons Establishment, where she had been both Head of Transformation and Head of HR. Ruth also has senior management experience in Higher Education, and the Civil Service, where she started her career in policy development. A qualified coach, Ruth also has a wealth of knowledge and expertise in employee relations, diversity, leading organisational change, policy and employee reward.
Ruth was appointed CEO of Samaritans in August 2015. She initially trained as a Registered General Nurse but has spent the majority of her career in public health roles, following a degree in Social Policy from University of Warwick and a Master’s degree in Health Promotion from the University of Ulster.
Ruth was the founding Director of the Community Development and Health Network, a charitable membership network committed to addressing inequalities in health and wellbeing in Northern Ireland. Prior to joining Samaritans, Ruth was CEO of Relate and previously held senior executive leadership roles at Rethink, Alzheimer’s Society and Scope.
Ruth is a volunteer at the Bexley and Dartford branch of Samaritans. She has been a Trustee of the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts since November 2015 and was a Commissioner on the NHS Staff and Learners’ Mental Wellbeing Commission.
Stephen Pearce, retired Program Director, telent Technology Services Ltd
Stephen joined telent (formally Marconi) in September 1977 as a graduate engineer, delivering complex projects in the transport arena and more specifically in the rail environment, and has been in Project Management roles since 1999.
As Program Director at telent, Stephen was responsible for the safe delivery of Operational and Station Comms projects in the rail sector.
Stephen led a busy and diverse team of project managers and engineers, from apprentices and graduates to experienced rail professionals. As part of his role he was committed to the personal and professional development of his team.
As a Chartered Engineer, delivering critical telecoms projects for most of his career, Stephen is the perfect person to help judge the Lifetime Achievement award category.
Tyler LeMay is the Managing Director of Land Sheriffs, a private security and safeguarding specialist organisation in the rail sector.
Starting the business in 2005 with his father, Tyler began working on the ground and was soon responsible for the operational delivery, staff, fleet and finance within the business.
In 2010, after a successful period of growth, he was appointed operations director and was responsible for the operational strategy and delivery, but also still oversaw the finances, fleet and staff.
In 2014 Tyler was appointed the MD of Land Sheriffs, responsible for all departments within the business and also leading the strategic direction and shaping the future of the business.
He has built upon company's strength and reputation, becoming a multi award winning, industry leading security and safeguarding specialist organisation.
In 2017 with over 13 years’ experience of running a successful business within security and rail industry, Tyler is now part of industry boards to help promote and drive industry best practice and change in both the security and rail sectors.