The RailStaff Awards 2020

The Judges

Meet our industry leading judging panel

Judges for RailStaff Awards 2020 will be announced soon.

Glynis Appelbe

Glynis Appelbe

G&W UK/Europe Region, HR Director

Glynis Appelbe joined the G&W UK/Europe region in March 2016 as HR Director – UK/Europe Region.

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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.

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INDEPENDENT PANEL - Alexander Burrows

INDEPENDENT PANEL - Alexander Burrows

Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCCRE), Director & also MD of Rail Alliance

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.

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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).

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INDEPENDENT PANEL - Andy Savage

INDEPENDENT PANEL - Andy Savage

Railway Heritage Trust, Executive Director

Andy Savage is the Executive Director of the Trust, which he joined at the start of 2010.

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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.

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INDEPENDENT PANEL - David Shirres

INDEPENDENT PANEL - David Shirres

Rail Engineer, Editor

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.

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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.

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INDEPENDENT PANEL - Dyan Crowther

INDEPENDENT PANEL - Dyan Crowther

High Speed 1, Chief Executive Officer

Prior to joining HS1, Dyan was the Chief Operating Officer at Govia ThameslinkRailway.

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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.

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INDEPENDENT PANEL - Neil Robertson

INDEPENDENT PANEL - Neil Robertson

NSAR, CEO

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.

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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.

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INDEPENDENT PANEL - Peter White

INDEPENDENT PANEL - Peter White

RailStaff Awards, Rail Person of the Year Winner 2019

Hi! I'm a Service Delivery Assistant for GWR at Bristol temple Meads.

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Before the Railway, I had spent all of my adult life on long term benefits. I had to drop out of school and it meant I didn't do very well on my GCSEs. I had been struggling greatly with my mental health at this time and I found myself in supported accommodation. When I was able, I filled my time playing drums, volunteering and providing mental health training to the NHS and schools from the point of view of a service user. I received alot of support from some fantastic charity's (Barnardos, Off The Record, Mind Your Music, Help!, 16-25 IP - to name a few). 

As I gained in confidence and resilience I was pointed towards The Princes Trust who were running a "Get Into" programme with GWR - a 4 week work experience course across different roles. I grabbed the opportunity with both hands and didnt let go as I could see it was a real chance to change my life for the better. The Princes Trust and GWR supported and mentored me into the company and I eventually joined as a Ticket Examiner as the first Princes Trust young person to successfully get in. I remained passionate that other young people benefited from the opportunity in the way I had and helped run future GWR "Get Into" courses. I am currently a Dispatcher and awaiting my start date for Trainee Train Driver - 2 years into my career. GWR and The Princes Trust helped me transform my life.

Peter won the Rail Person of the Year award at last years (2019) RailStaff Awards.

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Sonya Trivedy

Sonya Trivedy

Samaritans, Executive Director of Income

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.

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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.

 

 

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