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New steering group appointment for Women in Rail Scotland

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Women in Rail has welcomed a new member to its Scotland Steering Group.

Laura McWilliams, capital delivery programme manager for Network Rail, joins the group, bringing with her over 19 years of experience.

Laura, the first female capital delivery programme manager in Scotland, brings a range of capabilities and experience to Women in Rail and will become a key player in helping the group gain further membership and engagement with Network Rail and Scotland’s Railway.

Since its establishment in 2012, Women in Rail has been dedicated to promoting diversity in the UK rail sector. Its efforts include creating networking opportunities and supporting women already working in the industry. Additionally, Women in Rail organise events to showcase achievements and aims to attract more females into the rail industry from schools and educational facilities.

Laura McWilliams said: “I’m pleased to have joined Women in Rail Scotland. It makes me proud to be a part of an organisation that wholeheartedly supports and empowers women to reach their full potential within the rail industry.

“I am looking forward to engaging more with my colleagues within Scotland’s Railway to showcase to them the benefits that membership of Women in Rail can bring.”

Chair of Women in Rail, and managing director of QTS Training, Lorna Gibson said: “We’re thrilled to welcome Laura McWilliams to the Scotland Steering Group. I am sure that Laura’s wealth of experience in rail will be a great asset to the team.

“She shows real commitment to supporting women and young people in their progression within the industry, which is one of the core elements of Women in Rail. With Laura joining the group, we are adding to a strong range of talents that will help us to continue to deliver successful events to our members throughout the year.”

Laura joins current steering group members Lorna Gibson, QTS Training, Eva Macinnes, COWI, Lisa McKellar, QTS Group, Johannah Randall, Future Travel Studio, Louise Benwell, Turner Townsend and Lorna McDonald, Hitatchi.

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