The RailStaff Awards 2022

The Judges

Meet our industry leading judging panel

Judges for RailStaff Awards 2022 will be announced soon.

'INDEPENDENT PANEL' - Adeline Ginn MBE

'INDEPENDENT PANEL' - Adeline Ginn MBE

Egis Transport Solutions, Marketing, Legal & EDI Director

Adeline Ginn is Marketing, Legal and EDI Director at Egis Transport Solutions, a multi-disciplinary project management and consultancy business part of French €1.22bn turnover engineering and construction Group, Egis.

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Prior to joining Egis, Adeline spent 20 years at Angel Trains, one of Britain’s leading rolling stock companies, acting as sole legal counsel of their European business for 7 years and then as General Counsel, a role she held for 10 years.

In April 2012, Adeline created Women in Rail, a charity aimed at improving gender balance, diversity and inclusion across all grades and roles within the UK railway sector through supporting, developing and attracting diverse female talent within the industry.

Since 2016, Women in Rail is a registered charity offering networking opportunities, development workshops and a cross-company mentoring programme through its 8 regional groups to over 8,500 members, people of diverse background, ages and identities from across the UK railway sector.

The organistaion has established strong collaborations with industry groups (NSAR, YRP), strategic partnerships with senior leaders and key stakeholders (RDG, Network Rail, DfT, BEIS) and has become an integral part of the rail industry's consciousness.

In November 2020, Women in Rail, in collaboration with RIA, launched the first ever railway industry EDI Charter, now signed by over 170 companies within the sector.

Today, Women in Rail remains almost entirely run by volunteers and is a visible, influential and credible champion of gender balance, diversity and inclusion in the railway.

Adeline stepped down from her role as Chair of Women in Rail in October 2021 but remains passionately committed to helping improve diversity in business and the UK railway sector.

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'INDEPENDENT PANEL' - Dr Jenny Illingsworth

'INDEPENDENT PANEL' - Dr Jenny Illingsworth

Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education at University of Birmingham, Strategic Development Manager (NCATI)

Dr Jenny Illingsworth – Head of Business Operations, BCRRE

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Jenny manages the day-to-day running of the Centre, which includes looking after its 150+ academics, professional services staff, research students and associates. Her work includes oversight of the Centre’s business, including marketing, communications, strategy development and programme development.

Prior to joining the university in 2004, where she has worked mostly in industrial engagement and liaison, Jenny spent 15 years in manufacturing industry, first as a product development engineer (picking up a PhD from Durham University along the way) and latterly in product management and marketing.

She joined BCRRE in 2014 to support the Group’s ambitious growth plans across research, education and innovation development, culminating in new education programmes, business engagement projects, supporting significant rail industry events, and working with new colleagues following the 2021 acquisition of the National College for Advanced Transportation & Infrastructure.

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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 Thameslink Railway.

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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, 57, 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 and the Advisory Panel to Crossrail. Dyan is currently NED for East West Railway, a Trustee for Women in Rail, Chair of NSAR and is on the GBRTT Advisory Panel.

Originally from Wiltshire, Dyan has three children and enjoys cycling, 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' - Fiona Westcough

'INDEPENDENT PANEL' - Fiona Westcough

Young Rail Professionals, National Chair 2022/23

Fi Westcough is the Chair of the Young Rail Professionals (YRP). YRP is a volunteering organisation which provides people around the UK with opportunities for Professional Development and Networking with peers, including technical seminars, site visits, international tours and socials.

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YRP aims to promote the rail industry as a great place to work, inspire the next generation of railway talent, and develop young people to reach their potential.

Fi has been heavily involved in YRP since April 2020. As East Midlands Vice Chair, she organised 15+ events, ranging from technical webinars to mental health workshops. As National Marketing and Branding Manager, she supported the new website launch, and delivered emails & social media posts to promote YRP events and initiatives. As National Vice Chair, she was primarily responsible for YRP’s 20+ Corporate Member relationships, bring in much needed funds to run the organisation.

In 2019, Fi joined the rail industry as a Graduate Engineer at Atkins (member of the SNC-Lavalin Group), a multinational engineering, design, planning, architectural design, project management and consulting services company. In her time as a graduate, she supported two major clients on secondment – Bombardier (Alstom) and Transport for London – as a Systems Engineer and a Rolling Stock Engineer respectively. She now resides in Atkins’ Strategic Rail Market team, supporting business development opportunities, identifying market trends and looking at how Atkins’ services can adapt to clients' ever-changing needs.

On top of this, Fi is an associate of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and is working towards Chartership. She is passionate about inspiring the next generation of engineers.

All of her efforts within Atkins and YRP culminated to winning the 'Future Leader' Award at the Rail Industry Association RISE Awards 2021, being Highly Commended for Young Professional at Rail Business Awards 2022, and shortlisted for Rising Star at the Women in Rail 2021.

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'INDEPENDENT PANEL' - Martin Tugwell

'INDEPENDENT PANEL' - Martin Tugwell

Transport for the North, Chief Executive

Martin Tugwell is responsible for transforming pan-Northern connectivity in order to improve productivity and drive economic growth.

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He leads Transport for the North as England’s first Sub-national Transport Body, giving the North a strong, unified and determined voice on transport investment to benefit the region.

Martin has more than 20 years of experience in strategic transport and infrastructure planning at national, regional and local levels.

Immediately prior to joining Transport for the North, Martin was Director for England’s Economic Heartland (EEH) – one of England’s 7 Sub-national Transport Bodies. Here, he led the creation of the EEH Transport Strategy – Connecting People, Transforming Journeys. This ambitious strategy sets out how the region’s transport system can support economic growth while delivering net zero emissions by as early as 2040.

Martin is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow and past President of the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation (CIHT) and a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE). He is a Trustee of the CIHT and past Chairman of the Transport Planning Society.

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'INDEPENDENT PANEL' - Matt Atkins

'INDEPENDENT PANEL' - Matt Atkins

RailStaff, Editor

RailStaff Editor, Matt Atkins, has worked in journalism and publishing for over 15 years. In that time, he’s worked for numerous trade publications focusing on sectors as diverse as high finance, recruitment, maritime shipping, and now rail.

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Matt joined Rail Media from the academic publisher, Taylor & Francis, where he edited leading journals covering the humanities, science and technology, and medicine.

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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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'INDEPENDENT PANEL' - Tim Hedley-Jones

'INDEPENDENT PANEL' - Tim Hedley-Jones

Railway Heritage Trust, Executive Director

Tim Hedley-Jones is Executive Director of the Railway Heritage Trust, a role he started on 1 April 2022. Prior to that Tim worked for Transport for the North on the Transpennine Route Upgrade Programme.

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Between 1999 and 2018 Tim worked for the East Coast franchise in a number of Customer Service, Programme Delivery and Business Development roles, latterly as Major Projects Director.

He was involved in the development of the Intercity Express Train, the redevelopment of King’s Cross Station and built a new station at Wakefield Westgate.

Prior to joining the railway industry Tim was a diplomat with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office; he lived in Russia for three years. Tim has always been interested in heritage issues, completed an MA in Archaeological Heritage Management in 1999 and was a Trustee of the Council for British Archaeology between 2015 and 2021. He lives in York.

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Ashley Spence

Ashley Spence

Ontrak Recruitment - Sponsor, Admin

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David Diesbergen

David Diesbergen

D2 Rail, CEO

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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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James Andrews

James Andrews

Amey Consulting, Head of Engineering

James Andrews is the Head of Engineering for the Rail business at Amey Consulting.  He is a railway engineer with over 25 years’ experience in the engineering consulting sector.  A Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, James’ background is in bridges and civils design, and structural engineering on the UK rail network. 

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James was employed as the Technical Director for Civil Engineering at Amey Consulting, before taking on more multidisciplinary engineering management roles, including Regional Engineering Director, taking up the Head of Engineering role in 2017.

James now manages a multi-disciplinary team of Technical Directors covering all technical and non-technical disciplines, and is responsible for driving innovation, continual improvement and the overall quality of the engineering output of over 500 railway professionals.

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Jo Gretton

Jo Gretton

Telent Technology Services, CEO

Jo Gretton is Telent’s Chief Executive Officer responsible for leading the company to deliver excellent customer service, continued growth and ensuring that Telent is a great place to work.

John Jebson

John Jebson

McGinley Support Services (Infrastructure) Ltd, OHSE Director

John is a Chartered Health and Safety Practitioner (CMIOSH) who has worked in construction and railway industries for over 30 years, he is an Associate Member of IEMA (AIEMA) and working towards practitioner status (PIEMA).

John Sheehy

John Sheehy

Transport Benevolent Fund CIO, Chief Executive Officer

John joined TBF in 1998; he loves working in the charity sector. He knows the help and support that TBF provides to public transport workers and their dependents makes a significant difference in times of need,hardship and distress.

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Before TBF, John worked for LUL as a direct recruit guard before becoming a train operator, so he has first-hand experience of the difficulties experienced by rail staff. Unfortunately, his career in operations was cut short by Type 1 Diabetes, leading John to start a career in administration.

The fund currently has over 60,000 contributing members and, along with their partners and dependant children, indicates how many people can call upon the fund for help. TBF will spend approximately £3 million on direct benefits to its beneficiaries in this financial year. That is an impressive achievement when you consider that TBF membership costs just £1.25 a week.

John says he is incredibly proud to be part of TBF as it is not every day that you can be part of an organisation that makes such a difference to people when they need a helping hand. He would like all employing companies within the public transport sector to understand the difference TBF membership can make to their employees’ work-life balance, which in turn helps to reduce staff turnover for the employer.

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Julie Bentley

Julie Bentley

Samaritans, CEO

Julie has been a charity CEO for over eighteen years and has led some of the UK’s most well-known charity names including Action for Children, Girlguiding, Family Planning Association and the Suzy Lamplugh Trust. Julie joined Samaritans as CEO in November 2020. She is currently Vice Chair of NCVO.

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Julie began her career as a youth worker (after a stint of five years as a Post Person) and in the early 90’s worked in some of the most deprived parts of SE London, working with young drug users and those involved in crime. She began her leadership journey at a charity called Charterhouse-in-Southwark where she was first a Manager of the young people centre and then over the next six years progressed to Assistant Director.

Through her career Julie has earned a reputation for her passionate advocacy of the voices of those with lived experience being at the heart of a charity and for her commitment to meaningful equity and inclusion. She has a reputation for driving change and for the authenticity she brings to her leadership. At Girlguiding she created headlines when she described the century old charity as “the ultimate feminist organisation”.

In 2014, she was named by Third Sector as the ‘Most Admired Charity CEO’ and in the same year was a castaway for BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs.

In 2019, she was awarded The Charity Times Awards for ‘Outstanding Individual Achievement’ and was voted by Charity Times readers as one of the sector’s Most Influential Leaders.

Julie grew up in rural Essex and has recently returned there with her Partner Sean after 26 years of living in SE London.

In 2020 Julie co-curated a book on experiences of sibling loss following the death of her brother.

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Kenny Burton

Kenny Burton

Resourcing Solutions, Rail Director

Kenny has worked in recruitment for over 17 years specialising in the Rail and Infrastructure market.  He has been in his current role with RSL|Matchtech for 8 year working with companies to build and deliver tailored recruitment strategies supporting the UK Rail Infrastructure across perm, contract and temporary works.

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His role extends to oversee performance, strategy, services, partnerships, innovations, compliance and HSQE, constantly seeking to enhance the support that RSL|Matchtech can provide to its clients and the wider rail network.

Kenny is also a keen Triathlete and completes in Iron Man events.

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Mike Morgan-Batney

Mike Morgan-Batney

Heathrow Express - Sponsor, Communications Business Partner

Mike has over 10 years’ experience leading large customer facing teams within the aviation and rail industry.

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Currently the Head of Customer Experience at Heathrow Express Mike considers the employee experience to be at the heart of the Customer experience. Ensuring colleagues are empowered and have the autonomy to bring their personality to their role will always deliver a personalised service for customers.

The onboarding and continuous training of colleagues is integral to how motivated and engaged colleagues are, which is why HEx is sponsoring and judging the L&D category.

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Steve Bodman

Total Rail Solutions, Rail Manager

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