The extraordinary efforts of the rail industry’s devoted workforce was recognised on 24 November as the RailStaff Awards returned in style at Birmingham’s NEC. From rail managers to customer service assistants, apprentices to training managers, the full breadth and depth of job roles were represented at the Awards, which received a record 143,000 votes to decide the finalists.
The shimmering scenery of the RailStaff Awards’ sparkling Ski Resort provided the inspiration for this year’s celebration. Guests were welcomed into a bustling alpine party village, complete with log cabins, entering the scene through a snow-dusted, fir tree forest. Once inside, they mingled with old friends at the venue’s double-storey ski lodge – which featured VIP section sponsored by Total Rail Solutions – before being seated for a delicious meal ahead of the awards ceremony.
Comedian and actor Ed Byrne compèred the evening’s events, keeping everyone in stitches all night. Once every category winner had been named and welcomed on stage, the real party began, as a raft of after-dinner entertainment appeared to take everyone’s experience into the early hours. With casino tables open and indoor fairground rides whirring away, the dance floor welcomed those with the energy to dance the night away. Throughout the evening, guests were welcome to make a memento of the occasion at the Igloo photo booth, sponsored by D2 Rail.
The occasion was another huge success for the RailStaff Awards. Adam O’Connor, Managing Director of Rail Media said:
“I have been absolutely overjoyed to once again invite the rail industry to the RailStaff Awards 2022 after putting it on hold for the last couple of years. The RailStaff Awards was launched in 2007 by Tom O’Connor as an event like no other that recognises those people in our industry who go above and beyond on a daily basis. It is humbling to be able to stage this event and see the impact it has on the rail industry and its amazing work force. I would like to congratulate every winner and highly commended individual, as well as all of the finalists and nominees.
“My thanks go out to our sponsors and supporters, without whom we would be unable to put on such a fantastic event, with special thanks going to Total Rail Solutions for their continued support. Our sponsors play key roles in our industry and their support is greatly appreciated. Thanks also to our panel of judges, and the whole team at Rail Media for their sterling determination in putting on a great event.
“The atmosphere was electric. I am immensely proud to be able to do what we do, and to see the joy that the event brought to so many. Thank you one and all.”
The event would not be possible if it weren’t for a few very special groups. The RailStaff Awards would like to express its gratitude to all who nominated and made their colleagues feel special by recognising their hard work. A huge thank you also goes to those who engaged with the awards process, whether that’s through judging, voting, or attending the ceremony.
And last, but by no means least, the RailStaff Awards also thanks its sponsors: Advance TRS, Amey Consulting, Bodyguard Workwear Ltd, CIRAS, City & Guilds, D2 Rail, G&W’s UK/Europe Region, GeoAccess, Govia Thameslink Railway, Heathrow Express, McGinley, Ontrak Recruitment, Resourcing Solutions, Rhomberg Sersa Rail, Samaritans, Telent, Total Rail Solutions, Transport Benevolent Fund CIO, and Young Rail Professionals.
Event organiser Gemma King said: “And so we bring a close to yet another memorable RailStaff Awards. We hope you all enjoyed a magical night at the RailStaff Ski Resort and congratulations, once more, to the winners.
You’ve all earned your place in the RailStaff Awards hall of fame.”