Judges for RailStaff Awards 2020 will be announced soon.
Glynis Appelbe joined the G&W UK/Europe region in March 2016 as HR Director – UK/Europe Region.
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.
Alex is Director of the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE), part of the School of Engineering at the University of Birmingham – the largest specialist railway research, education and innovation centre in Europe. He leads the Enterprise Group (working alongside the Academic Group) that is responsible for commercial and professional services activities and working in partnership with the global rail industry.
Alex is also the Managing Director of the Rail Alliance and the Theme Lead for Innovation in the UK Rail Research and Innovation Network. Before joining BCRRE in 2018, Alex was Marketing & Strategy Director at Alstom UK&I and has held senior roles at Atkins, the Transport Systems Catapult and Centro (the West Midlands Transport Authority).
Andy Savage is the Executive Director of the Trust, which he joined at the start of 2010.
Prior to that he was Deputy Chief Inspector of the Rail Accident Investigation Branch of the Department for Transport, following a long career in railway civil engineering and, more recently, contractor safety.
Andy has a long involvement in railway heritage, and in the building aspects of it, with a particular involvement in the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways.
Andy is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, the Institution of Railway Operators and the Permanent Way Institution (of which he was President from 2006 to 2008). He is also a Chartered Member of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health.
Prior to joining HS1, Dyan was the Chief Operating Officer at Govia ThameslinkRailway.
Dyan has worked in several Senior Director roles at Network Rail including Route Managing Director of the West Coast Main Line and Director of Operations. She has over 30 years’ experience in the rail industry.
Dyan, 56, has a Masters in Transport and Logistics from Salford University and is a member of the Chartered Institute for Marketing and Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management. She is also a qualified Executive Coach.
Dyan has extensive experience in the Boardroom having sat on the Board of an NHS Trust for 5 years, been a Trustee for the Railway Children registered charity, and been a member of the British Transport Police Authority. Dyan is currently NED for East West Railway, a Member of the Advisory Panel to Crossrail and a Trustee for Women in Rail.
Originally from Wiltshire, Dyan is married and has three children and enjoys running, extreme walking and travel. Dyan is an active mentor and coach and is passionate about helping people develop their leadership skills.
Neil joined the National Skills Academy for Rail (NSAR) in 2015, from the utility sector where he was CEO of the Energy & Utility Skills Group. Before that he was CEO of the British Institute of Innkeeping.
Prior to these sectoral CEO roles, he held senior positions in government departments for education and business where had responsibilities in skills, employability, English and migration, regional economic development and European Structural Funds.
Neil has also worked with Babcock, City & Guilds and the Scottish Qualifications Authority.
NSAR’s current priorities are workforce planning, standard setting, company support and quality assurance of training and assessments.
In his spare time, he likes riding motorbikes and planting trees.
Peter won the Rail Person of the Year award at last years (2019) RailStaff Awards.
Sonya Trivedy is Executive Director of Income and joined Samaritans in February 2019. Over the past 15 years, Sonya has held several senior roles within large not-for-profit organisations.
Sonya is responsible for leading income generating activities across Samaritans, to ensure the organisation is able to run and develop services across the UK and Ireland ensuring the organisation continues to deliver support 24/7.
She also manages strategic partnerships, in particular working closely with the suicide prevention team at Network Rail to deliver their joint goal that few people die by suicide.