The RailStaff Awards 2022


The RailStaff Awards Hall of Fame

Listed below are a list of all the winners, both past and present, that have been awarded a RailStaff Award.

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Zoe Auld

Apprentice of the Year

Winner: Zoe Auld, Virgin Trains

Zoe has been undertaking placements around the business as part of her higher-level degree apprenticeship. 

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Whilst learning the business, becoming the youngest qualified route controller in the organisation and getting top marks in her degree, she has supported the organisation to keep operations going in difficult times. During one of its biggest challenges, she volunteered to assist during an industrial strike, learning a new skill of dispatching trains and putting herself on the frontline in a very busy Christmas period.


1st Runner-up: Magda Taranowicz, Jacobs

2nd Runner-up: Shaun Jones, Network Rail

Chris Conway

Award for Charity

Winner: Chris Conway, Network Rail

Chris Conway works full time as a signaller but finds the time outside of work to look after the homeless. Last year, Chris started his own homeless organisation called United Blackpool. He goes out onto the streets every week, feeding homeless people, engaging with them and making them feel valued, and getting them off the street and into accommodation. 

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He also runs a soup kitchen and charity in Blackpool called Amazing Graze, which feeds over 15,000 people a year.


1st Runner-up: The Crewe - All Change Project Team, Virgin Trains

2nd Runner-up: Jason Weetman, Network Rail

Mags Capps

Customer Service Award

Winner: Mags Capps, Southeastern

Maggie is always friendly, patient and willing to go the extra mile to make her customer’s journeys run as smoothly as possible. She recommends the best routes, best ticket prices and when things go wrong (which they often do) she deals with the situation with calmness, professionalism but above all with a can-do attitude. 

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Maggie has brightened up Etchingham station building with various displays and clearly enjoys her role and looking after her customers.


1st Runner-up: Danielle Henshaw, Virgin Trains

2nd Runner-up: Donna Taylor, Merseyrail

David Mitchell

Depot Staff Award

Winner: David Mitchell, GTR (Southern)

Since David Mitchell set the depot up on Microsoft Teams, the level of communication and engagement between management and the team has increased tenfold. The staff now have all the information they require at their fingertips. There has been a significant drop in calls and request for day-to-day information and also a huge increase in autonomy regarding shift swaps and annual leave. In addition, some technophobe colleagues now engage with their mobile devices and get the best possible out of them.

1st Runner-up: Nigel Moody, Network Rail

2nd Runner-up: Ian Parr, Merseyrail

Intelligent Infrastructure Track Team

Digital Railway (S&T) Person or Team Award

Winner: Intelligent Infrastructure Track Team, Network Rail

Network Rail’s Intelligent Infrastructure (II) Track Team was tasked with creating a predictive single-interface tool that would tell engineers where, and most importantly when, a track fault was going to occur. 

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The resulting digital tool will revolutionise the way track teams carry out maintenance work. For the first time, track teams in the routes will be able to access all the information they need, from one digital source, to carry out the right work, at the right time, in the right place.


1st Runner-up: Trevor Wheeler, telent Technology Services

2nd Runner-up: Abdul Rehman Savant, Amey Consulting

Evie Barratt

Graduate or Newcomer Award

Winner: Evie Barratt, Jacobs

Evie joined Jacobs in 2015 from Leeds University having completed her master’s in engineering geology. 

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Her enthusiasm of geology and her willingness to apply her knowledge and experience to railway engineering schemes has made her a firm favourite with colleagues when working on notable UK projects such as the Transpennine Route Upgrade and West Ruislip Northolt Corridor. 

Evie is presently an industry mentor for post-graduates on the engineering geology master’s at Leeds University, and is a TGE office champion, representing the interests of colleagues in the Leeds office.


1st Runner-up: Miraan Jothinath, Network Rail

2nd Runner-up: Aisha Mughal, Colas Rail Ltd

David Rees

HR, Diversity & Inclusion Person or Team Award

Winner: David Rees, WSP UK Limited

Dave provides a highly visible, proactive strategic and operational HR service to the business. He has facilitated talent management, performance, succession, development and retention planning throughout the business. A champion for coaching and mentoring, Dave has trained and influenced the senior leadership team to see things from a people perspective, developing their leadership skills and ability to act as behavioural role models. He takes the lead on HR projects and improvement initiatives, including writing and presenting proposals to the leadership team.

1st Runner-up: Rebecca Bartlett, Network Rail

2nd Runner-up: Stuart Meek, Govia Thameslink Railway

Motion Reality

Learning & Development Award

Winner: Motion Reality, Motion Reality

Used by more than 300,000 people since the beginning of 2018, Motion Rail created the virtual reality railway initially to educate office staff to have a greater awareness of the railway and the associated hazards so they could support the site teams more effectively and was developed further to help train lookouts and COSSs. Recognising the benefits, ‘Motion Reality’ was developed with Network Rail and has now helped educate hundreds of thousands of youngsters throughout the communities we work in.

1st Runner-up: Iain Thompson, TXM Plant Limited

2nd Runner-up: Susan Fishwick, South Western Railway

Ged Mason

Lifetime Achievement Award

Winner: Ged Mason, Morson Group

Ged Mason, who joined the Morson Group in 1986, became managing director in 1999 and CEO in 2005. He has embraced the family values with which the company was founded. As it nears £1billion Group turnover, Ged continues his father’s legacy in leading Morson, which is the UK’s largest, independently-owned recruitment business.

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In his drive toward global growth, Ged has accelerated the company’s integration of technology, setting the tone for Morson and the industry for years to come. 


1st Runner-up: Chris Davis, Network Rail

2nd Runner-up: Andrew Fairbank, South Western Railway

Jaye Dry

Marketing & Communications Team Award

Winner: Jaye Dry, G&W UK/Europe Region

Jaye Dry’s words have created the image of a company who care about their employees, their customers, their followers, and the industry as a whole. No matter what time of day or night, and despite going through a tough time herself, Jaye Dry responds with understanding, kindness and approachability.

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Colleagues say Jaye cares deeply about the company, the industry, and everyone within it.


1st Runner-up: Track Safety Alliance Team, Network Rail

2nd Runner-up: Virgin Trains News Team, Virgin Trains

S&C South Alliance - Euston Team

Rail Civils / Infrastructure Team Award

Winner: S&C South Alliance - Euston Team, Colas Rail Ltd

The S&C South Alliance Euston team delivered a crucial programme of civils-led multi-disciplinary HS2 enabling works ahead of the May 2019 timetable change. 

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This was a highly challenging programme of works, instructed in much shorter timescales than normal and the work was on the critical path to enable the construction of the new High Speed 2 terminus at Euston. 

The successful delivery of this important milestone was only made possible through collaboration, commitment and teamwork by alliance partners Network Rail, Colas Rail and AECOM.


1st Runner-up: LNE Construction Team IP Signalling, Network Rail

2nd Runner-up: Three Bridges to Brighton Project Team, Network Rail and GTR

Paul Belle

Rail Engineer of the Year

Winner: Paul Belle, AECOM

Paul Belle is a true ambassador of engineering. He is passionate, with a drive to perfection and well respected by his team, peers and client. 

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He is well reasoned, pays great attention to detail and is not fazed by challenges. He has an in-depth knowledge of railways, renewals and, in particular, multi-disciplinary integration and coordination. Combining this ability with his direct communication skills, he is able to overcome concerns before they become issues and blockers.


1st Runner-up: Paul Hooper, Atkins, part of the SNC Lavalin Group

2nd Runner-up: Dan Reilly, Atkins, part of the SNC Lavalin Group

Kevin Tarrier

Rail Manager of the Year

Winner: Kevin Tarrier, Heathrow Rail

Kevin Tarrier has been instrumental in a whole restructure of the operations control role at Heathrow Rail. 

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He has faced many challenges, including the movement of the service controller role to GWR and the TUPE of staff, many of whom have worked there for a number of years.

He has dealt with the situation in a manner that has gained great respect, even those who are moving out of the Heathrow Express business. 

“Great manager, better man!”


1st Runner-up: Wales Cheung, AECOM

2nd Runner-up: Frankie Lynch, Southeastern

Pete White

Rail Person of the Year

Winner: Pete White, Great Western Railway

Pete White started with GWR after successfully completing one of the GWR/Prince’s Trust employability programmes. He is very positive, kind and driven by a strong desire to look after others. He is charming, warm and engaging and is able to create almost instant trust and rapport with anyone he meets.

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Following work as a ticket examiner and dispatcher, his energy and drive has now resulted in him securing a trainee-driver position. No small achievement considering his relative newness to the railway.


1st Runner-up: Paul Case, CPC Project Services LLP

2nd Runner-up: Scott Nickels, West Midlands Trains

Richard Vernon

Rail Project Manager Award

Winner: Richard Vernon, Hull Trains

Richard Vernon joined Hull Trains as a graduate in February 2016. Over the last three years, he has worked tirelessly in order to bring Hull Trains’ £60 million investment in new rolling stock to life. 

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His committed, resilient and focused attitude, while working collaboratively with Hitachi Rail’s team, has resulted in the introduction of Hull Trains’ new fleet being one of the only rolling stock projects in the UK to be delivered to schedule and on time.


1st Runner-up: Catherine Lough, Colas Rail Ltd

2nd Runner-up: Neil Workman, Network Rail

ScotRail in the Community Team

Rail Team of the Year

Winner: ScotRail in the Community Team, ScotRail

From Scotland’s most rural communities to its urban city estates, the work that the ‘ScotRail in the Community’ team delivers is integral to ensuring that the work Abellio ScotRail is doing in ‘building the Best Railway Scotland has ever had’ goes way beyond simply the operation of trains and stations. 

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Over the last year, the team has delivered recognised success across a range of community rail, regeneration, transport integration, accessibility and charitable initiatives.


1st Runner-up: Community Ambassadors, South Western Railway

2nd Runner-up: Fast Trackers, Network Rail and Mott MacDonald

'Big Plan' Recruitment Project Team

Recruitment Person or Team

Winner: 'Big Plan' Recruitment Project Team, Network Rail

The South East route HR team that worked on recruitment for the Thameslink Resilience Programme (the ‘Big Plan’) changed the way hiring is carried out, with a series of innovative measures that are still bearing fruit.

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Sarah Saliba, Lethea Booyens and Chloe Bertenshaw were tasked with working alongside the Thameslink programme team and unions to identify the additional headcount required, all whilst aligning to the strategic plans for the business. Recruitment on this scale had never been done before.

Following successful consultation, 216 new maintenance posts were created across Kent and Sussex covering various roles.


1st Runner-up: Recruitment Team, South Western Railway

2nd Runner-up: Simon Kishore, Resourcing Solutions

McGinley Safety Team

Safety Person or Team Award

Winner: McGinley Safety Team, McGinley Support Services (Infrastructure) Limited

The McGinley Safety Team are a true example of collaboration within the industry. As one of the founding members of the Track Safety Alliance, they work tirelessly with peers for a safer railway environment, often going above and beyond to ensure that the workforce is safe at every turn. They are also the driving force behind the new innovative mobile reporting ‘Safety at McGinley’ app – a bespoke multi-platform mobile reporting app designed to give users a ‘one-stop’ safety experience and knowledge base.

1st Runner-up: Kelly Rail HSQE Advisors, Kelly Rail

2nd Runner-up: Jacobs Principal Designers Team, Jacobs

John Dawson and Rob Shannon

Samaritans Lifesaver Award

Winner: John Dawson and Rob Shannon, Land Sheriffs

While on patrol the duo noticed a female who had been wandering around the station for a while and didn’t look to be boarding a train.

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They approached her as she seemed to be upset, at first the female was reluctant to talk so John & Rob gave her some space before she approached them and admitted she was at the station with the intention of ending her life.

They stayed with her, keeping her away from platforms and crowds until the emergency services arrived.


1st Runner-up: Gary Campbell, Virgin Trains

2nd Runner-up: Nathan Stockman, Great Western Railway

Aaron Koduah

Station Staff Award

Winner: Aaron Koduah, Virgin Trains

Aaron has been part of the Virgin family for a few years, originally at Stoke On Trent and now at Crewe. He epitomises the brand’s values and creates memorable customer experiences with his kind and friendly personality.

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His motivational quote board has become well known up and down the country, with quite a few celebs posting on social media about it. This has led to him writing his own book and having it published.


1st Runner-up: Mohammed Tohow, Proactive rail

2nd Runner-up: Antonia Ugbaja, South Western Railway