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An exceptional contribution

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Each year, the RailStaff Awards honours the extraordinary individuals of the rail industry, but one award goes to those who have made an exceptional contribution. The Rail Person of the Year award celebrates the success of the industry’s most remarkable staff, who’ve overcome adversity or made an outstanding effort to help others.

Inspire Structures Ltd was delighted to sponsor the Award. Founded in 2013 by specialists in the management and inspection of infrastructure assets, Inspire Structures provides safety-focused, high-precision structure inspections, competency assessments, associated training, and engineering services to asset owners. In its 10 years of operation, Inspire Structures has established itself as a market leader in its field.

Inspire’s services cover railway and highway environments, and any scenario where asset owners have a need for an asset management plan. Its structure inspection teams are all competent to current standards and requirements, and its passionate senior management team all have hands-on, site-based experience, so clients know they’re effective and knowledgeable in their field. Like all RailStaff Awards winners, Inspire Structures is committed to delivering the best possible service.

Joana Amoh from Carlisle Support Services took the big prize on the night. Not only does Joana take pride in her duties but has shown a professional approach and built a great relationship with her client, Arriva Rail London (ARL). Joana has faced many challenges which have resulted in her saving three lives, supporting passengers along the Network, and assisting with travel. She is also a great seamstress, and this year was approached by ARL to make covers for the Validators at Stations along the Network. Using recycled uniform jackets, she has so far made nine of them.

“I feel so honoured to win this award, and I’m so grateful,” said Joana. “I’d like to thank my managers and agency Carlisle Support Services, Arriva’s management, and everyone behind the RailStaff Awards. Thank you so much for recognising my work and giving me this opportunity.”

Wayne Thompson, technical director at Inspire Structures presented the award. “Joana is a credit to the industry and I’m so happy that she’s won this award,” he said. “The RailStaff Awards recognise the people of the industry who give so much, and it’s important that everyone understands how dedicated Rail staff are to their work.”

Highly commended
Elliott Waters, Southeastern
Adam Archer, Great Western Railway