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Young Rail Professionals celebrate at annual black tie dinner

Hundreds of engineers, consultants and project managers attended the Young Rail Professionals’ (YRP) annual black tie dinner on Friday, April 13.

New YRP chair Michael Charteris. Photo: Stephen Hartley.
New YRP chair Michael Charteris. Photo: Stephen Hartley.

The date may be considered unlucky for some, but for Andy Roberts, senior engineer at SNC-Lavalin; Cameron Shaw, apprentice at Abellio ScotRail; and Zak Shayler, assistant project manager at Transport for London, the date was anything but as the trio all bagged awards.

Roberts was named Mentor of the Year, Shaw Apprentice of the Year and Shayler YRP of the Year.


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GB Railfreight MD John Smith. Photo: Stephen Hartley.
GB Railfreight MD John Smith. Photo: Stephen Hartley.

As well as addresses from YRP’s outgoing and incoming chairs (Paul Case and Michael Charteris respectively), John Smith, Hector Rail CEO (Better known as the managing director of GB Railfreight) gave a keynote speech.

From a 15-year-old apprentice to becoming ‘El Presidente’ and overseeing freight operations across Europe, John reflected on his 40-year career and stressed the importance of people to the success of the railway.

This year’s dinner was held at The Roundhouse in Derby and sponsored by CPC Project Services.


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