CRL - Community Rail Lancashire

Women In Community Rail

Thursday 30th June saw the official launch of a new national group called ‘Women in Community Rail’.

‘Women in Community Rail’ (WiCR) is the national group recently set up to support ALL colleagues throughout the Community Rail Sector and aims to achieve the following:

+  Become recognised as a strategic player across the rail industry and an important consultee
+  Share knowledge and expertise to encourage gender balance
+  Create a mentoring/support network for all colleagues throughout the industry
+  Increase inclusivity within the community rail world
+  Encourage younger people to get involved in community rail
+  Share best practice across the wider industry and business sector

Encourage innovation and a can-do attitude.

There is no fee to join the group and signed up members will be:

+  Able to access the knowledge and expertise available within the group via the mentoring/support programme
+  Asked to offer their skills/specialisms to other members as part of the group’s mentoring/support programme or to the group as a whole where practical and appropriate
+  Entitled to participate in WiCR events/campaigns
+  Helping to shape the future of diversity in Community Rail

As an inclusive group WiCR is very keen to attract a broad spectrum of members, nurturing fundamental diversity and balance in Community Rail. It is all embracing and it must be emphasised that the name ‘Women in Community Rail’ represents the combined female partnership driving force underpinning the group, but in its broadest sense WiCR is about ALL of us ‘Achieving Change Together’
The group is championed by Alex Hynes, MD, Northern and Kathryn O’Brien, Customer Service Director, TransPennine Express.

The launch event took place on the concourse of the newly refurbished Manchester Victoria station and the gathered crowd listened to speeches from Marion Atkinson (WiCR Chair), Kathryn O’Brien (Customer Service Director, TransPennine Express), Jan Chaudry-Van der Velde (Managing Director Merseyrail) and Dr. Karen Booth (Interim Community & Sustainability Director, Arriva Rail North).

The invited guests were also entertained by the TransPennine Express choir who performed a number of numbers.

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If you are interested in :

+  Becoming a member of WiCR
+  Becoming a Champion for the group
+  Offering your help/support to the group
+  Finding out more or have any queries

Please contact – via email:  or
Tel: Marion Atkinson, WiCR Chair on 0151 3301027