Our Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) employee network Archway gives people the chance to influence policy making across Network Rail and the opportunity to meet colleagues in a more social atmosphere through events and talks around the country.
The membership of Archway grew steadily through 2017 by 32 per cent, and it’s not only for Network Rail employees. People from train operating companies, our supply chain and Rail Delivery Group can also join and Archway includes a number of allies supporting the network’s drive for a more inclusive workforce.
Network Rail employees Babak Erfani, chair of Archway, and Jane Owen, Archway member and former chair of the national transgender charity Sparkle, have received honours for services to the LGBT community. Babak was made a Member of the British Empire (MBE) in 2017 and Jane was awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) in the 2018 New Year’s Honours List.
Last year was also the launch of Archway’s first conference, Building LGBT Inclusive Workplaces. The event is part of an Archway campaign to drive LGBT inclusion in all our workplaces – from depots to engineering yards, trackside to corporate offices, signal boxes and elsewhere. It featured seminars, workshops, Q&A and presentations hosted by external leaders in LGBT inclusion as well as from Network Rail and the wider rail industry.
The wellbeing of colleagues is of vital importance to Archway and the simple steps we can take – from opportunities to include gender neutral bathroom facilities, training and support for managers, updated graphics and artwork and provision of more information and guidance on harassment, bullying and issues specific to the LGBT community – will help us improve working conditions for everyone". - Archway annual report 2018
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The shortlist for the British LGBT Awards 2017 has been announced. The awards celebrate community activists, public figures and straight allies who work to advance the rights of LGBT communities.