Working together to support women in transport

Our CEO, Sonya Veerasamy, reflects on a month packed full of activity for Women in Transport. We kicked off June with our joint APPG Summer Reception, held our quarterly board meeting, Anna Delvecchio made history, a team took on the Big Transport and Logistics Challenge and we ended the month celebrating International Women in Engineering Day with a brilliant members event hosted by Atkins.

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Women in Transport take on the inaugural Big Logistics and Transport Diversity Challenge

A team of 10 members from Women in Transport competed in a series of physical, mental and skill-based challenges as part of the very first Big Logistics and Transport Diversity Challenge hosted by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT). More than 300 industry professionals participated in the event on Wednesday 26 June 2019 at Newark Showground to celebrate the Institute’s centenary year and promote the benefits of a diverse workforce to the transport and logistics sector.

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Women in Transport at the 2019 everywoman in Transport & Logistics Award

We were delighted to be present at the 2019 everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards. This year's glittering event, held at London's Grosvenor House Hotel on 13th June, celebrated 14 winners. The 2019 winners revealed a wide and diverse range of career experiences and journeys, demonstrating the huge number of opportunities and possibilities in the transport industry. We were also delighted to see a number of Women in Transport members in this year’s finals.

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Transform the Future

This Sunday marked the sixth International Women in Engineering Day (INWED). This international awareness day raises the profile of women in engineering, celebrates their success and focuses attention on the amazing career opportunities available to girls in this exciting industry. We’re delighted to share a series of great videos produced for INWED 2019 featuring Women in Transport member, Milda Pladaite from Hochtief UK, who is a civil engineer talking to our Patron and CEO of Crossrail, Mark Wild.

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Inspirational Women

An unexpected bonus when we recently visited London Underground's Emergency Response Unit (ERU) was the opportunity to meet two senior women in transport who shared their career experiences and advice with our members; Kerri Rogan, Head of London Underground Network Command, and Chief Inspector Lisa Garrett of the British Transport Police.

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Women in Transport board member Anna Delvecchio makes history with inclusion at London Transport Museum

Anna Delvecchio, one of our brilliant Women in Transport board members, has received unique recognition from the Rail Supply Group at the London Transport Museum. Sir Peter Hendy, Chairman of Network Rail and trustee of the Museum, along with Rail Minster Andrew Jones, unveiled a portrait of Anna at a Rail Supply Group Reception on 17 June 2019. Anna’s picture will now hang in the museum to inspire future generations of engineers and transport professionals.

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Strategic Transport Apprenticeship Taskforce launches Year of Diversity for Logistics and Transport.

2019 is the DfT Strategic Transport Apprenticeship Workforce (STAT) Year of Diversity for logistics and transport. STAT is a voluntary, cross-sector industry body that has been given the responsibility for promoting awareness and access to apprenticeships, sector diversity and transport as a career.

Launching the Year of Diversity at Portcullis House on 30 May, senior representatives from across the transport and logistics industry were asked to sign a pledge and help build a tool-kit for the future of inclusion in the sector.

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Increasing women’s representation in transport workforce is crucial, says Secretary of State

Chris Grayling MP, Secretary of State for Transport gave the keynote speech at the joint summer reception of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Women in Transport and the APPG for Infrastructure (APPGI), saying increasing the number of women in the transport workforce is vital. The Secretary of State addressed APPG members and an audience of around 100 industry representatives from transport and infrastructure at the event held at the Institution of Civil Engineers in London last week.

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Frontline to Boardroom - An evening with Sir Peter Hendy, CBE

Last month, we headed out to Reading for our first Spring Reception outside London. It was an inspirational evening with a keynote from Sir Peter Hendy CBE, Chair of Network Rail, followed by a panel discussion focusing on supporting career advancement for frontline and operational staff with women from across the transport sector who have direct experience of the issues, challenges and opportunities.

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Five things you can do as a male ally – Get on board

Neil Pepper MBE, Night Construction Manager in Renewals and Enhancements at London Underground and board member for Women in Transport, shares his five tips for becoming a better male ally. Neil is our membership lead at Women in Transport and an incredibly supportive, kind and generous male ally totally committed to advancing women working in transport and encouraging more young people into careers in transport.

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Attracting more women in transport to your company

Did you know that 86% of women and 74% of men consider the diversity and inclusion policies of a potential employer when job seeking? Potential candidates clearly buy into the brand of their future employees. A compelling and attractive employer brand can attract more women by increasing awareness, building trust and ultimately increasing quality applications. Find out how you can identify the gaps and opportunities in your employer brand to attract more women in transport.

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Advice for women in transport and the importance of being authentic

Isabel Coman is Project Director for Skanska Costain Strabag joint venture. Isabel is a chartered civil engineer, specialising in railway infrastructure and leading complex major projects. She has 22 years’ experience in the industry, is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and is a Board Director for High Speed Rail Industry Leaders (HSRIL). Isabel is passionate about improving our industry’s diversity and advancing women in transport. In this blog, she shares her advice for women in transport and discusses the importance of being authentic.

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Women in Transport Needs You!

Last month, we held our Annual General Meeting bringing together our board and members to discuss our journey so far and future plans for Women in Transport. In this blog, Sonya Veerasamy discusses our journey from WTS London to Women in Transport, our future plans and how members can get involved as our network continues to grow.

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Paying it forward

Sharon Daly is the Chief Operating Officer at Steer. Sharon is accountable for the operational aspects across the company’s 20 offices in Europe, North America, South America and India. Sharon was a mentor in the pilot year of our Advance programme and has continued to meet with her mentee. In this guest blog, Sharon shares her experience of being an Advance mentor and shares her advice for women working in the transport sector looking to progress their career.

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