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ScotRail appoints first female engineering director

Syeda Ghufran has become ScotRail’s first female engineering director – just eight years after first joining the train company.

She joined the business as a engineering management trainee in 2013 and was most recently head of engineering depots, delivering many engineering projects, including: train reliability modifications, fleet refurbishments, wi-fi rollout, and the installation of driver advisory systems.

She replaced Angus Thom who became ScotRail chief operating officer earlier this year.

Her predecessor said: “Syeda has a strong history of delivering for ScotRail and its customers, and has some great ideas on how to make even more of a difference to our customers’ lives.


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“I am delighted to welcome her to the executive team. I hope her appointment will encourage more young women and girls to consider a career in engineering with ScotRail.”

Syeda Ghufran said she wants to change perceptions and encourage more young women to consider engineering as a viable and rewarding career.

ScotRail added that it is committed to equality and encouraging more women to join the railway through graduate, apprenticeship, and internship programmes. Its recent intake of engineering apprentices was 50 per cent female.


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