Joined by over 350 attendees from across the rail industry, the inaugural Women in Rail Awards took place on Thursday 19 April 2018 at the stunning and iconic ‘Underglobe’ beneath Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London.


Marking the fifth anniversary of the official launch of Women in Rail, the awards, opened by Jo Johnson MP, Minister of State for Transport, Minister for London and hosted by Rachel Riley, Television Presenter and STEM Ambassador, showcased individuals, teams and companies who have made great strides to improve gender balance, diversity and inclusion within the UK rail sector.

Receiving over 350 nominations across nine categories, the calibre of the men, women, teams and companies nominated were exceptional, creating a very difficult task for the judges.

After much deliberation, a shortlist of 46 was announced, 14 awards and 6 special mentions were presented across 5 individual categories, 4 team and corporate categories.

The Judges commented that “It was truly inspirational reading about the achievements and dedication of the nominees. There is a real sense of recognition at all levels across rail that growing diversity in the workforce is how our sector will grow and prosper.

Women in Rail founder and General Counsel at Angel Trains Adeline Ginn commented:

A huge thank you to everyone who supported and attended the very first Women in Rail Awards. It was a terrific evening of celebrating, showcasing and rewarding those who have made a significant contribution to improving diversity and gender balance within the UK rail workforce in the last five years.

“Congratulations to all the winners and those shortlisted, your hard work and dedication to the rail industry promoting female talent and driving forward change and diversity is exceptional.

The awards received tremendous feedback and were a huge success with over 350 attendees from across the railway industry joining together to celebrate colleagues, peers, managers, teams and organisations who have been inspirational in pushing forward the gender balance, diversity and inclusion agenda in UK rail in the last few years.

The BEST event of the year so far @wr_awards! #Diversity in #rail’ – Abi Broadley 

A very enjoyable evening, with a lot to celebrate. Inspirational stories, initiatives and achievements across the board. Well done to the organisers, sponsors, all the nominees, those shortlisted and the winners @railindustry @movementstrat’ – Simon Babes

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