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Network Rail director uses artworks to support Railway Mission

Iain Ferguson, director of regulatory liaison and accident investigation, at Network Rail, has a stressful job that involves dealing with complex and sensitive issues...

Northern appoints new finance director

Northern has appointed Richard Hinds as its new finance director. Hinds, from Settle in North Yorkshire, joins the train operator today (Monday 13 November) having...

A beacon of hope and a lifeline of support

Liam Johnston Railway Mission's Chaplaincy’s Liam Johnston discusses the devastating impact of suicide and the role thatchaplains play in supporting individuals and the industry. In the...

Racial and ethnic diversity: travelling in the right direction

RailStaff sits down with Network Rail’s Sharon Salmon to discuss ethnic and racial discrimination, speaking up, and finding the power to enact change. 25 September...

Young Rail Professionals: A packed itinerary

YRP Chair Bonnie Price gives us the latest news and developments, and a reminder of its upcoming events. It has been a busy and lovely...

An open letter to Network Rail

Colin Wheeler An open letter from John Larkinson, the chief executive of the Office of Rail and Road (ORR), to Andrew Haines, chief executive of...

ORR offers further recommendations

Following on from ORR’s letter to Andrew Haines, the chief executive of Network Rail, in the past two months the regulator has issued further...

Training & qualifications roundup

Whether it’s brushing up on existing skills, poring over the latest regulations, or boosting your credentials for a brand new role, for rail staff...

RailStaff Awards 2023 – Very Important People

As 2023 flies by, the RailStaff Awards creep closer and closer. On Thursday 30 November, the great and good of the rail industry will...

Rob Morris and Sambit Banerjee appointed joint CEOs for Siemens Mobility UK

Chief Financial Officer Julie Owen appointed as Chair of the UK Board Siemens Mobility announced that Rob Morris, Managing Director of Rail Infrastructure (RI) and...

HS2 Ltd becomes first UK company to secure and retain flagship equality accreditation

HS2 Ltd is the only organisation in the UK to achieve and retain a prestigious accreditation standard established to recognise exceptional commitment to equality,...

An industry for everyone

Welcome to another edition of RailStaff, which reaches you with summer in full swing and temperatures on the rise. This month we turn our attention...

Our railways and trams need more focused organisation

Colin Wheeler Political turmoil, the UK economy, and Covid have all affected the way we live and work. Hopefully we are at last moving forward...

Expert Commentary – Stuart Meek, Chief Operating Officer, South Western Railway

Stuart Meek is the chief operating officer (COO) at South Western Railway (SWR). He is passionate about making real improvements in Equality, Diversity, and...

LGBTQ+ champions

Pride month (1-30 June) is a time to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community and highlight its history, achievements, and struggle for equality. Supporting and celebrating...

RailStaff Insights – Celebrating neurodiversity in rail

Neurological differences such as autism are natural variations of the human brain and should be recognised and respected. In recent years, great efforts have...

Tracking EDI in the hybrid world

Stefan Murray, associate director at Mace Consult considers the impact that remote working has had on Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) and how the...

Neurodivergence in Rail: advancing thanks to difference

All human beings experience events and situations differently, in their own way. Indeed, this is the case for all sentient beings. Every group of people...