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Talent spotters celebrated

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Network Rail’s Erin Gray had cause to celebrate at this year’s RailStaff Awards, taking home the prize for Recruitment & Talent Acquisition Person or Team of the Year.

Since joining Network Rail, Erin has faced and conquered significant challenges. She was entrusted with a pivotal role in a comprehensive modernisation program, which included taking charge of a demanding recruitment initiative across four delivery units in the North & East route; leading the delivery of Promotional Assessment Centres as the first phase of the modernisation program; and collaborating with key stakeholders to recruit a newly formed rostering team.

Erin possesses an unparalleled depth of knowledge when it comes to the multitude of contract types, tailor-made requirements for unique roles, and the intricate web of terms and conditions. Her ability to navigate this complex landscape is truly remarkable. However, what truly distinguishes Erin is her extraordinary interpersonal skills, which have enabled her to swiftly forge meaningful relationships with her customers.

“I’m shocked,” said Erin on the night, “I’m totally overwhelmed. It’s been a huge team effort and it’s been a great program to deliver and I’m very, very proud. I’d like to thank my manager Richard Chongtham who nominated me, and the HR team who’ve helped me over the last six months with this programme.

The award was sponsored this year by c2c, the award-winning train operator running services between Fenchurch Street and Shoeburyness, serving 26 stations in East London and South Essex. One of the UK’s most punctual and most popular train operators, c2c has won 15 industry and corporate awards in the past five years.

Stuart Browning, safety sustainability, & compliance director at c2c, presented the award. “The railway is powered by its people,” he said, “and we rely on individuals like Erin to bring others into the industry who do amazing things every day. It’s such an important part of what we do as a business, and people like Erin make such a difference.”

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