Marion Roberts picked up team leader of the year award at the everywoman in transport logistics awards.
On Thursday 16 May, Network Rail’s women came out on top. Three of our people were finalists at the everywoman in transport and logistics awards and on the day we took home one of the awards.
Marion Roberts, station manager, and Lucy McAuliffe, station manager, were both nominated in the team leader of the year category, which Marion went on to win for her work managing London Bridge station during the London 2012 Olympics.
Speaking about her award Marion said: “It still feels unreal that I’ve won. The awards were inspirational for me. The amazing women, with such great achievements have made me want to aim even higher in my goals within this industry. Now I have even more of a drive to encourage women into the transport industry.
“It's a challenging and exciting industry to be a part of and I'm honoured to have been chosen as the winner of the team leader of the year award. However I do dedicate the award to my amazing team at London Bridge who have worked so hard to achieve what we have in the last year and without them, I wouldn't have achieved this award.”
Lucy added: “It was very exciting and an honour to be nominated, I felt really proud and it was excellent to see Marion win. It was well deserved and great to see our stations being recognised.”
Fiona Taylor, managing director, Kent, was nominated in the director of the year category, which came as something of a shock. “It was a real surprise to be nominated and an even bigger surprise to be in the list of finalists. It was a great event and it was brilliant to see Marion win team leader of the year.”
Raising rail’s profile
All three of the finalists see the awards as a great chance to raise the profile of a career at Network Rail. Lucy explained: “Events like these are great as they highlight the stories you don’t hear and the work that you don’t see. It’s a real positive that these people are being profiled and it shows what a diverse industry we work in.”
Fiona added: “This gives me a great opportunity to showcase the fantastic, varied career opportunities available for women in the transport sector.
“Network Rail already does a lot to raise the profile and presence of women in the industry. However, women are still underrepresented throughout our company. We need to do more to raise awareness of the great career opportunities rail offers and offer flexible working arrangements to attract and retain a diverse employee base for the future.”
Fiona’s thoughts were echoed by David Higgins, who is focusing on improving gender as part of our diversity and inclusion programme. “Congratulations Fiona, Lucy and Marion. Your clear performance and leadership will inspire women in our organisation,” he said.
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