UK: ‘Be authentic, be true to yourself and to the values you hold’, says Loraine Martins, Director of Diversity & Inclusion at Network Rail. ‘Be open to new opportunities as they present themselves.’

With an aging population and a sector-wide skills shortage, the UK rail industry needs to attract the best people from whatever background, bringing a wide range of skill sets covering everything from operations and engineering through project management to customer service, planning, HR, communications and finance.


The Rail Business Awards has long celebrated efforts to widening the employment base of the UK rail sector, with the keenly contested award for Diversity & Inclusion in Rail showcasing many examples of good practice. Entries are now being invited for the 24th Rail Business Awards, providing another opportunity to recognise and celebrate efforts to improve gender balance, diversity and inclusion across the industry.

The judges will be looking for a person or business that has demonstrated:

  • · commitment to improving gender balance by actively supporting the employment and career development of women in rail;
  • · positive action to encourage applications from under-represented groups;
  • · strong personal or corporate commitment to inclusive working practices;
  • · the value and business benefits of encouraging a diverse and inclusive workforce;
  • · initiatives that have delivered positive results in terms of equality, staff engagement, recruitment and retention.

Entries for the 24th Rail Business Awards will close on September 24. Further details can be found at www.railbusinessawards.com

The winners are due to be announced at a gala evening at the Royal Lancaster London on Wednesday February 23 2022. While we are all looking forward to getting together again, arrangements for the event will respect government guidelines, and take due regard of the Covid-19 situation nearer the time.