Nominations

Click on the award categories below to view people who have been nominated for this year's RailStaff Awards.

Have a read through to see who you would like to win, then once the voting opens you can click on 'vote now' to let the judges know your favourite.

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APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR AWARD

Lara, Marks

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TSO
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It is with great pride and admiration that I nominate Lara for the prestigious title of Apprentice of the Year. Lara's journey throughout her apprenticeship has been nothing short of inspirational, marked by unwavering dedication, resilience, and remarkable growth. From the outset, Lara exhibited a thirst for knowledge and a willingness to learn that set her apart. Despite initial challenges, her determination never wavered. Over time, we have witnessed her confidence blossom, her skills sharpen, and her passion for her chosen field ignite. Lara's commitment to excellence has been evident in every aspect of her apprenticeship. She has approached each task with diligence and enthusiasm, consistently exceeding expectations and delivering results that speak volumes about her talent and dedication. What truly sets Lara apart, however, is her ability to go above and beyond the call of duty. Not content with simply meeting the requirements of her apprenticeship, Lara has sought out opportunities for growth and development at every turn. She has actively sought feedback, embraced constructive criticism, and utilized every challenge as an opportunity to learn and grow. As a result, Lara has not only surpassed the expectations of her apprenticeship but has done so with distinction. Her contributions have been invaluable to our team, and her positive attitude and infectious enthusiasm have left an indelible mark on all who have had the pleasure of working with her. In nominating Lara for Apprentice of the Year, I have every confidence that she will continue to excel and inspire others with her passion, determination, and unwavering commitment to excellence. She is a shining example of the incredible potential that lies within our apprenticeship program, and I am honored to have played a part in her journey.
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CHARITY AWARD

Michael, King

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Greater Anglia
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Michael works tirelessly to organise an Easter egg collection every year for the children at the local hospital. this year over 600 were collected and delivered. He also organises a food bank collection at Christmas, this has proved to be such a huge success every year, with more and more being collected. This has been fantastic for local food banks, he was able to distribute to 3 this year as there was so much collected, one of which might have to have closed because the donations were wearing thin until Michael delivered a huge donation to them. He does all of this off of his own back and initiative. Greater Anglia has been very supportive of this venture but Michael is the driving force behind it, without him it wouldn't happen. I feel very privileged to help Michael in this every year and thoroughly enjoy the reception we get when delivering the food or eggs. I would love Michael to receive recognition for this and all his efforts.
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Michael, King

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Greater Anglia
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I would like to nominate Michael for the Charity Award because Michael has been organising his Easter egg collection for the local hospital children's ward since 2020, every year the totals have increased. In total, the collection has collected over 1300 Easter eggs and he also organises a raffle in which the money collected he buys activity kits for the children. In 2022, he started to organise a collection for local food banks at Christmas the first year food donated was split between 2 food banks. In 2023, the food was split between 3 foodbanks, in total over 3100 meals were donated. Michael mostly organises the collections in his own time and is totally committed to the causes. I would like Michael to be recognised for all his hard work because he deserves the recognition.
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CUSTOMER SERVICE PERSON OR TEAM AWARD

Lorraine, Portnow

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Greater Anglia
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I would like to nominate Lorraine for Customer Service Person of the year because she is awesome, I had the pleasure of working with Lorraine when I worked at Harlow Town, this woman is a force to be reckoned with she is always there trying to help people out, always trying to make peoples journey's more pleasurable with her excellent customer service skills, nothing is too much, she'll be there during disruption helping people and even if its just a nod she makes you feel like she cares (which she does) she is a credit to the company always happy to help with a smile
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Humaas, Shakeel

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Northern Trains / Amulet Security
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In the early hours of 21st March 2024, Security officer Humaas Shakeel was conducting his routine patrols at Manchester Victoria station, as part of these patrols that occur through the night Humaas is tasked to search the station whilst ensuring anyone passing through the station is given the highest standard of customer service and given any information they require to assist them. During the early hours whilst Humaas was patrolling and searching the station he became aware of a female with a pushchair sat down on the benches within the station, concerned for her welfare and given it was at this point the early hours of the morning Humaas reached out to gauge if she was ok and how he could best support. The female confirmed she was homeless and had no where to stay for the night, Humaas noticed two young children with the female and was immidiately concerned for all of their safety and made the decision to allow the young family to remain in the station, warm and safe where he could monitor them throughout the night. With Humaas attempting to make contact with Police he then made the selfless decision to order the family some warm food to keep them going until the morning with Humaas accepting a delivery and taking the family three large meals much to the happiness of the children’s mother who couldn’t thank Humaas enough for his generosity and kind gesture. Humaas not only monitored the family whilst present but went above and beyond expectations showing empathy, understanding and ultimately doing the right thing in putting others first at their time of need. Having watched back the footage of the interaction we was amazed and proud to see one of our officers displaying such traits and showing the softer side of a role which can often be extremely challenging and dangerous. A selfless act from fantastic individual who genuinely cares for others around him.
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London Bridge / Carlisle Support Services, Team

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Greater Anglia
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Our team Ahmed Nunow, Alfred Opoku, Michelle Cummings-Hutchinson, Aimee Yates , Chenelle Phillips, Olayinka Olaleye, Rhianna Harrison-Yates, Joana Amoh, Ombretta Edie, and Mourad Abada was honoured to be part of the historic moment as Arriva Rail London ran their first trial for Overground service to run into London Bridge. The energy from our passengers was great as they were able to experience ARL’s service into this iconic station. We are incredibly proud of the hard work and dedication that our team put in to make this moment special for all involved. It’s moments like these that remind us why we do what we do - to provide a seamless and reliable service for our Client and a journey passengers will always remember. The team have worked previously together including events, ensuring passengers receive a world-class service, and they take pride in always delivering. When the Team work together they regularly receive great feedback from passengers and colleagues for the support they give. The team have been identified for several awards which include Superstar awards within Carlisle. Well done to the Team and keep up the great work!
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Ontrak UK Limited, UK

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Ontrak UK Limited
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Ontrak Recruitment & Training is an exceptional organisation, who demonstrate outstanding dedication to providing top-notch customer service in the railway industry. Their commitment to excellence, professionalism and innovation sets them apart from their competitors in the field. One of the primary reasons Ontrak Recruitment & Training deserves to be nominated for the Customer Service Team Award is their unwavering dedication to their clients and candidates. They consistently go above and beyond in their organization, planning, teamwork and management in various projects and events, to ensure the safety of the passengers and candidates are met through their daily travel plans. Ontrak take part in a crucial role when dealing with passenger accessibility. We cover over 35 locations and stations where our staff provide efficient and effective ramp and welfare assistance to the passengers on a 24-hour basis. Ontrak ensure that the passengers receive personalised attention and support they need, to maintain a smooth travel experience throughout their day, and work closely with the clients to explore new ways to enhance the customer service experience and improve the services they offer. By prioritizing a customer-centric philosophy, implementing effective strategies, investing in employee training, actively seeking and acting upon customer feedback, and understanding the broader impact of exceptional service, Ontrak has set the standard for customer service excellence in the recruitment and railway industry. As the company continues to evolve and grow, their commitment to exceptional customer service will undoubtedly remain a cornerstone of their success.
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Paul Chappell, Alex Kerr, Chirag Patel, and Nick Jones

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Network Rail High Speed
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I would love to nominate Chirag Patel (Route Facilities Manager), Paul Chappell (Shift Station Supervisor), Alex Kerr (Shift Station Manager) and Nick Jones (Station Control Assistant) for saving the life of their colleague, Abrar Ahmed (Station Control Assistant), who suffered a heart attack while they were working on shift together at St Pancras International station on 15 November 2023. Chirag, Paul, Alex and Nick – demonstrated a remarkable amount of courage, strength and professionalism through their actions that day, which in turn, saved Abrar’s life. They are the definition of heroes and I hope through the award nomination below – they are given the recognition they truly deserve for their bravery. While on shift, Abrar reported feeling severe chest pains and advised his fellow control room colleague - Nick, of this. Nick swiftly called an ambulance and made the on-duty Shift Station Manager, Alex, aware of this. The team arranged for Abrar to be transferred to the first aid room to look after him further where they had a defibrillator on standby and waited for the ambulance to arrive. The team escalated the call when they noticed that Abrar's symptoms had started to worsen. A motorcycle paramedic attended following their call and diagnosed Abrar's symptoms as a heart attack. Shortly after, Abrar went into cardiac arrest and was resuscitated by the paramedic with help from his colleagues, Paul and Chirag. Abrar was then taken to hospital under blue lights, accompanied by Chirag, with Alex needing to inform Abrar’s family of this news – no call any colleague should have to make. Thankfully, later in the evening, following emergency heart surgery, the team received the news that they had all been praying to hear. Abrar was stable, awake, and resting in hospital. Chirag stayed by Abrar’s side at hospital until midnight, comforting his family when they arrived through the most terrible time – and even drove Abrar’s car home from work so that it was one less thing his family needed to worry about. Chriag continued to visit Abrar even once he was discharged from hospital, to ensure that his recovery was going well. Abrar has since made a full recovery which the team are thrilled about, and he had this to say about his colleagues who saved his life: “My life was saved by the great team work and quick action of my colleagues. I am very grateful to my colleagues and owe my life to them. I was told by the doctors that I had only a 6% chance to survive if my colleagues had not done what they did on that day. For me and my family, my colleagues truly are my heroes.”
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EQUALITY, DIVERSITY & INCLUSION PERSON OR TEAM AWARD

Vanessa, Wragg

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Network Rail
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Vanessa Wragg, project manager at Network Rail and co-chair of Inspire, Network Rail’s gender equality employee network Vanessa consistently uses her platform to showcase the rail industry's spectrum, while promoting, developing and inspiring individuals across the rail sector - particularly through her work on gender equity in the industry. Her involvement in the planning for future stages of the East Coast Digital Programme – a landmark scheme set to introduce in-cab digital signalling on the southern part of the East Coast Main Line - underscores her commitment to innovation and creating a more integrated and robust network. Specifically, Vanessa leads Britain’s first dedicated European Train Control System (ETCS) technical support team; a pivotal role in advancing ETCS operations. Her exceptional leadership focusses on the immediate operational enhancements as well as fostering collaboration across the industry. Vanessa's emphasis on collaboration is shaping Network Rail’s Eastern region’s approach to ETCS management and she is instrumental in influencing the trajectory of the railway's future. For diagnosis in the ETCS world to be successful, Network Rail, train operators and others must work together. Vanessa is forging those connections and proving it’s not a blame game. Vanessa is also a co-chair for Inspire, Network Rail's gender equality employee network and the biggest employee network at the company with more than 2,200 members. In this role, she tackles issues associated with gender equality, while challenging senior leaders to make informed decisions and hosting impactful events. Recent discussion topics have included pornography in the workplace, sexual harassment, female-fit PPE and period dignity. In fact, she was instrumental in Inspire’s work with the equity, diversity and inclusion team to roll out female-fit PPE and period products across the company. And her proactive engagement with executive leaders showcases her commitment to making the industry a great place to work for everyone. Vanessa's accomplishments include organising and hosting Inspire’s 10th anniversary conference, which was attended by 130 people and had the participation of senior leaders including Network Rail’s chief executive. It attracted press coverage by Modern Railways and New Civil Engineer - which ran an article written by Vanessa with her byline - and was promoted on Network Rail's national social accounts, notably LinkedIn, which has more than 290,000 followers. Feedback from delegates: “You created a wonderful, safe space where attendees felt they were able to be there full selves and share some personal experiences.” “Renewed encouragement to continue.” “Renewed sense of purpose and confidence, solidarity with female colleagues and allies, sense of being heard and having my viewpoints respected and potentially used to shape change.” Vanessa appeared in and co-produced a new Inspire film - premiered at the conference, to spread the word of Inspire, highlight its achievements and encourage more people to join, including non-Network Rail employees. It's part of her work to encourage greater collaboration across rail, engineering and infrastructure to achieve gender equity together. Watch the film (Vanessa appears in PPE at 0:19 seconds in): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AybBRHu1... Michelle Handforth, former managing director of Network Rail’s Wales and
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GRADUATE OF THE YEAR AWARD
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HEALTH & WELLBEING PERSON OR TEAM AWARD
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HR, RECRUITMENT & TALENT ACQUISITION PERSON OR TEAM

Ontrak UK, Limited

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Ontrak UK Limited
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Ontrak Recruitment was founded in 2007 with a vision to revolutionise the recruitment process. They have since been providing top-quality recruitment services to a wide range of train operators and their stations. Their team of experienced recruiters and consultants work tirelessly to match the right candidates with the right employers, ensuring a perfect fit for both parties and meeting strict deadlines. One of the key factors that set Ontrak Recruitment & Training apart from other recruitment agencies is their unique approach to delivering high standard training to the candidates recruited. They understand that every client and role is different and therefore, they tailor their service to meet the specific needs of each department. This personalised approach has helped them build strong relationships with both candidates and clients, resulting in a high success rate in fulfilling vacancies to given deadlines. Ontrak Recruitment have built a reputation for understanding the needs and requirements of their clients. The company takes time to understand the culture and values of its clients, ensuring a better fit for both the company and the candidate. This has led to long-term partnerships with clients, who trust Ontrak to find the best talent for the organization. At Ontrak, excellence is not just a word, it is a way of life. They are committed to providing the highest quality services to their clients, and this is evident in their candidate retainment and permanent placements within the railway sector. They have successfully placed thousands of candidates in various locations including Southern, Southeastern, East Midlands, Southwestern and Greater Anglia stations. Ontrak provides compliance managers to multiple stations checking in on candidates’ performance, completing knowledge assessments and dealing with any concerns where needed. This has ensured that the standards and criteria for each role are consistently met and always maintained. Ontrak is always looking for ways to improve and innovate its services. They understand that the recruitment industry is constantly evolving, and they strive to stay ahead of the curve. Their use of cutting-edge technology and innovative strategies has helped them streamline the recruitment and management process for both clients and candidates. In conclusion, Ontrak has demonstrated exceptional achievements and excellence in the strategic management of railway recruitment, client expectations and candidate welfare through innovative and effective practices. By prioritizing recruitment and selection, training and development, performance management, employee engagement and retention, diversity, inclusion and successful planning, Ontrak has been able to build a strong and dedicated team that is committed to achieving the company’s mission.
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., North Blue Collar

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Coyle Personnel
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Blue Collar North at Coyles works tirelessly to ensure they provide 24/7 cover giving 100% to everything they do A team who have worked together for several years all holding rail qualifications from pts through to engineering supervisor. They nurture blue hats providing a pathway to the industry and the specialisations available to them. A team who care for each other the company they work and the industry as standard.
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INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY PERSON OR TEAM AWARD
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LEARNING, DEVELOPMENT & INVESTING IN PEOPLE AWARD
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LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
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RAIL AMBASSADOR OF THE YEAR AWARD
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RAIL ENGINEER OF THE YEAR AWARD

Mohammed, Al-Sharif

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VolkerFitzpatrick
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Mohammed goes above and beyond in helping his fellow engineers. He is giving with his time and has extensive knowledge which he is always willing to share. He also has a strong network which means he is able to help his fellow engineers when it comes to seeking out new and exciting opportunities in rail. His technical knowledge and competence has allowed him to have a distinguished career in rail in such a short space of time. He is certainly one of the future leaders in the industry and deserves to be recognised for his efforts.
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Mohammed, Al-Sharif

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VolkerFitzpatrick
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I believe Mohammed truly deserves this award. Mohammed’s expertise in designing and maintaining railway systems is simply outstanding. He has this incredible ability with innovative solutions to any challenges that come his way. His dedication to safety and efficiency in rail operations is unmatched. It's inspiring to see his passion for the industry and the impact he makes. Plus, he also takes the time to mentor new graduates in the industry, sharing his knowledge and helping them grow. He is not just an exceptional engineer, but also an incredible mentor. He is truly deserving of this recognition as the rail engineer of the year.
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Mohammed, Al-Sharif

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VolkerFitzpatrick
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I have voted for this individual because of his exceptional contributions to the rail industry, particularly his creation of a new temporary works risk management process for the entire company. His innovative approach to enhancing safety and efficiency demonstrates strong leadership and dedication to advancing the field. This initiative has undoubtedly made a significant positive impact on the company's operations, making him a deserving candidate for the Best Rail Engineer Award for 2024.
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Mohammed, Al-Sharif

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VolkerFitzpatrick
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Mohammed is a Versatile Engineer with a wealth of knowledge and experience in the industry. He is selfless and puts above 100% in everything he does. HE has a passion and determination to better himself and is constantly improving his own knowledge through additional reading and CPD. Furthermore he puts the same effort into helping other do this also by mentoring several other peers in the industry both within Volker Fitzpatrick and externally. He is an asset to the company and an crucial member of my team. Please see attached where Mohammed came into work on a critical railway blockade even though I had not rota' d him in and as the senior engineering manager got stuck in and helped the subcontractor labour team install a UTX.
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Mohammed, Al-Sharif

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VolkerFitzpatrick
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Mohammed has always supported with his excellent technical engineering knowledge to enable delivery of work packages to high standards and really adopts the right first time approach and implements the ethos which massively helps project delivery
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Mohammed, Al-Sharif

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VolkerFitzpatrick
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Mohammed has been inspirational and demonstrated his excellence in his field without compromising his values and ethics. Not only this, Mohammed also deserves this award due to his hard work, honesty and good morals which make him a great ambassador for this category.
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Mohammed, Al-Sharif

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VolkerFitzpatrick
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I am nominating Mohammed Al-Sharif, CEM from VolkerFitzpatrick Ltd. I have known Al-Sharif for 10+ years and he is a hardworking and very knowledgeable professional. His hard work has been recognised and he has received the award as the most collaborative person in the West Midlands Rail Programme in 2023 from West Midlands Rail Executive due to the ability to bring together Network Rail, WMCA, Mott MacDonald and site construction staff into one joint team effort with a culture of openness and trust. Additionally, since receiving CEng MICE recognition Al-Sharif has taken up a role as a mentor and to support others to pursue their path towards professional qualifications including charted engineer status with ICE and other organisations like IStructE. For his effort he has been received the 2024 Mentor of the Year award from the Young Rail Professionals.
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Mohammed, Al-Sharif

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VolkerFitzpatrick
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I have known Mohammed for several years since I was at school where he inspired me to pursue a career in Civil Engineering through his attendance at careers fairs. I worked with him for a few weeks during my time at university when I was on work experience at the company he was at, at the time. His passion for engineering was clear to see as well as his understanding of the engineering fundamentals which has no doubt allowed him to flourish in his career. Mohammed is a testament to the civil engineering industry in which he has already offered so much and will no doubt continue to do so in coming years.
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Mohammed, Al-Sharif

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VolkerFitzpatrick
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Mohammed Al-Sharif is an intelligent and hardworking individual with a genuine passion for Rail Engineering. During the time I have known Mohammed, he has regularly taken time out of his busy schedule to provide invaluable support and mentorship to fellow Engineers, not just within his own company but others too. I believe he is an asset to the Rail Engineering profession and would like to nominate him for the Rail Engineer award.
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Mohammed, Al-Sharif

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VolkerFitzpatrick
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I would like to nominate Mohammed for the Rail Engineer of the Year Award who I have known for over 2 years. He is experienced and brilliant at his job as a railway engineer and currently working as a CEM for a major contractor. Mohammed is a great advocate for promoting diversity and inclusivity in the railway industry and have helped many young engineers like myself coming in to the industry with professional development. He regularly sets up meals (networking events) after work and brings together railway professionals from various stages of their careers, listening to any concerns they have and offering support with professional development. He never shys away from sharing his experience.
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Mohammed, Al-Sharif

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VolkerFitzpatrick
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Mohammed has supported me through my CRE mentorship. He is always able to talk things through and help me with my project on HS2
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Mohammed, Al-Sharif

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VolkerFitzpatrick
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Mohammed has been an exceptional engineer during my time working with him on the Camp Hill Line Project. His attention to detail, process driven methods and keen desire to deliver quality work in a collaborative environment was 2nd to none. As Contractors Engineering Manager on the Project under NR ASPRO scheme, his dedication to the role and the engineering team was the driving force for the successful installation and delivery of platform front walls, drainage, complex soil nailing activities, piling works, demolition of existing structures, and vital S&T upgrades all within a tricky rail environment, working under Seperated, Fenced and Safeguarded SSoW. Alongside his technical capacity, he utilised his open, friendly and honest approach to managing key stakeholders on the project including the client, West Midlands Combined Authority, and infrastructure owners Network Rail and their expansive team of colleagues and staff. Personally, Mohammed has catapulted the careers of many young engineers like myself towards EngTech/IEng/CEng accreditation, and senior positions within the business and the wider sector. It cannot be stressed that Mohammed is a critical and dynamic person in the workplace who is grounded, respectful and caring, who thoroughly deserves this established recognition.
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Mohammed, Al-Sharif

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VolkerFitzpatrick
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I am delighted to recommend Mohammed Al-Sharif for the prestigious 'Rail Engineer of the Year' award. As a seasoned Chartered Civil Engineer with an outstanding track record in the railway industry, Al-Sharif exemplifies excellence, dedication, and innovation in his field. I had the privilege of being mentored by him earlier in my career, and his guidance was invaluable in helping me navigate the complexities of the industry and chart a successful career path. His mentorship extended beyond technical expertise, as he also played a pivotal role in connecting me with the right resources and opportunities, including mentorship for achieving Chartered Engineer (CEng) status. His contributions to the railway sector are truly remarkable. He has lent his expertise to a multitude of major projects, including the Camp Hill lines and University Station, where his engineering prowess and leadership have left an indelible mark. His ability to tackle complex challenges with ingenuity and precision has earned him the respect and admiration of colleagues and stakeholders alike. Furthermore, he has demonstrated his versatility and expertise by providing valuable counsel on 'Grade II' listed building renovations for the local council—an indication of his interdisciplinary skills and commitment to community development. Beyond his professional accomplishments, Al-Sharif is deeply committed to nurturing the next generation of railway professionals. His active involvement in STEM activities and mentoring initiatives underscores his dedication to shaping the future of the industry, ensuring that aspiring engineers are equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to drive innovation and progress. In summary, Al-Sharif embodies the qualities of a true Rail Engineer of the Year—technical expertise, leadership, mentorship, and a passion for advancing the railway industry. I wholeheartedly endorse his nomination for this esteemed award and am confident that his contributions will continue to inspire and elevate the field of rail engineering.
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Mohammed, Al-Sharif

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VolkerFitzpatrick
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Mohammed has been an invaluable mentor to me throughout my career. His profound understanding of rail engineering and the intricacies of network rail processes has been instrumental in guiding me through various challenges I have faced as a temporary works coordinator. I've frequently sought his counsel, tapping into his wealth of experience for advice and direction. Beyond his expertise in rail engineering, Mohammed possesses a comprehensive understanding of civil engineering, offering invaluable insights and guidance in diverse areas. His mentorship extends beyond just me; Mohammed has been pivotal in aiding numerous engineers, including myself, in advancing our professional development. Whenever I've faced roadblocks in meeting specific professional attributes, Mohammed has been a reliable source of advice, aiding me in charting a course forward. In conclusion, Mohammed's mentorship has been an indispensable cornerstone of my professional growth. His vast expertise, generosity in sharing knowledge, and unwavering support have not only bolstered my confidence but have also facilitated my progress as a temporary works coordinator. I remain deeply grateful for his guidance and the impact he has had on my career trajectory.
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Mohammed, Al-Sharif

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VolkerFitzpatrick
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I have known Mohammed Al-Sharif since university days and he has been my long-term mentor and support during university and beyond, this is not just in my career but in all aspects of life. A sincere friend and colleague who goes out of his way to help others in the industry and outside. Mohammed has a unique ability to explain abstract engineering concepts far better than what the lecturers were able to explain during university. Mohammed possesses a sharp attention to engineering detail and his ability to link various aspects of engineering together and in being able break down real engineering problems into chunks which are understandable to anyone is unmatched. At one point I was considering a career switch from civil engineering to the tech sector but Mohammed’s passion and enthusiasm for engineering reinvigorated my interest in continuing to pursue a career within the construction industry, in Digital Engineering. Mohammed’s passion for engineering extends beyond the industry and into academia. Mohammed is active in promoting engineering for young students in school and is active in supporting myself and many others in their pursuit of Chartered Engineering status, all with the goal of improving excellence and raising the bar within the sector. Mohammed is a role model for all future engineers and seasoned engineers, an asset and leader for the rail sector for many years to come, hence I would like to nominate Mohammed for the Rail Engineer of the Year Award
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Mohammed, Al-Sharif

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VolkerFitzpatrick
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Exceptionally dedicated and gifted. Has climbed ranks at an extraordinary rate within the railway industry. Has led the engineering team for multiple stations across the midlands
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Mohammed, Al-Sharif

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VolkerFitzpatrick
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Mohammed has been chosen for the employee of the Year Award as he is knowledgeable, passionate and experience engineer who has a high level of technical skills and capabilities to manage complex projects and solve engineering problems. Since working with Mohammed, he has been demonstrating outstanding management capabilities, leadership qualities and his abilities to go out of his way to help. He continues to ensure that all team members work together and communicate effectively. The Camp Hill stations project is a prime example, where clear, consistent collaboration is essential in completing the project on time and within budget. He has always been leading by examples by encouraging others including myself to work collaboratively and communicate effectively and share lessons learnt across the project teams. His longstanding relationship with Network Rail PEs and DPEs has been crucial in completing several IDCs, making sure the delivery team understands the needs of Network Rail. Mohammed has worked with different engineers at various levels and background and help them become skilled and at the same time embedding collaborative culture within the organisation. He is actively mentoring students, technicians, and engineers as he is driven to help improve social mobility through education and professional support. He has been instrumental in helping me and other team members to continue to work towards their professionally accredited programmes. He is committed to the success completion of the Camp Hill stations project on time, within budget and ensuring the desirable quality is met without compromising health and safety.
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Mohammed, Al-Sharif

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VolkerFitzpatrick
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Mohammed played instrumental role in delivering engineering solutions for Transpennine Route Upgrade project. I have enjoyed working with him sourcing products and adding value from cost and engineering prospective.
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Mohammed, Al-Sharif

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VolkerFitzpatrick
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Sharif has been an unparalleled force in the engineering world, consistently going above and beyond to support, innovate, and lead in every project we've embarked on together. His expertise is matched only by his unwavering commitment to mentorship and collaboration, making him not just a colleague, but a true mentor and friend. Over the years, Sharif has not only elevated our projects with his innovative solutions and technical prowess but has also greatly enhanced my personal growth and understanding of engineering complexities. His ability to break down intricate problems and mentor others in navigating them has been invaluable, fostering a culture of learning and excellence. Sharif's contributions are a testament to his dedication to engineering excellence, making him a deserving recipient of this award.
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Mohammed, Al-Sharif

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VolkerFitzpatrick
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M. Al-Sharif has helped me on various occasions to explain complex engineering design and construction methodology. Helped me understand phasing and even suggested potential savings on the project by scheduling work more effectively. He is really knowledgeable and eager to help and develop personal/ teams.
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Mohammed, Al-Sharif

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VolkerFitzpatrick
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I'm nominating Mohammed for the Rail Engineer of the Year Award because he's done amazing work in making trains and rail systems better, safer, and greener. Mohammed is super smart, coming up with new ideas and solutions that have really made a difference. Beyond his technical achievements, Mohammed has been a great leader and mentor, especially to me. His passion and dedication to engineering have inspired me to pursue a career in civil engineering, showing me the impact we can make through innovation and commitment. In short, Mohammed has not only made significant changes in the world of trains but has also profoundly influenced my professional journey, and that's why he deserves this award.
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Mohammed, Al-Sharif

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VolkerFitzpatrick
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I have know Mohammed for over 7 years and he has demonstrated a wealth of knowledge and skill in the field of civil engineering over the past half a decade. His versatility and diverse understanding within engineering and construction practice makes him a stand out individual in the industry. I have worked with Mohammed on a number of projects and disciplines including the structural assessment of existing structures where he has shown his diligence, commitment and professionalism of delivering projects and tasks to time and budget. His broad understanding and experience in engineering principles and application enables him to make quick and accurate decisions. Additionally, Mohammed has excellent understanding processes and procedures of NR, HS2 and DMRB as well as UK regulations in Health & Safety. At an individual level, Mohammed helped navigate both my personal and professional challenges. He provided practical advice on career progression and has adopted both a compassionate and empathetic approach in listening to my viewpoints. He always acted as a reliable mentor especially during difficult periods. Mohammed has shared much knowledge in engineering and project management with me. His wealth of experience and insight in engineering has allowed him to explain things very clearly and concisely. He was always open to taking technical questions and never shying away from complex problems. Not only does he impart practical skills and professional advice but also shares his life experiences. Mohammed's optimism and positive attitude has inspired and motivated me throughout my career. He encouraged me to set ambitious goals whilst helping build my confidence in achieving them. I nominate Mohammed because he deserves to be recognised within the industry for all the professionalism and hard work he has shown of the years.
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RAIL MANAGER OF THE YEAR AWARD

Paul, Barlow

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CrossCountry Trains
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Paul has changed the atmosphere in the region and the wider business with his positive and inclusive attitude to all staff he interacts with. He has been a leader in changing the railway from its old management style to a fresh people focused approach. Nothing is to much trouble when it comes to staff and he looks for the good in everyone and every situation, whatever challenges he may be facing himself. I have never seen Paul shy away from a task or challenge and even when others think he has taken on a mountain to climb, he just knuckles down and finds ways to work through the situation, quickly winning over the individuals he is working with because of his enthusiasm and commitment to try and achieve the best outcome for all involved. As a team we think he deserves recognition for the hard work and efforts he has shown and providing us with a great working environment.
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Luke, Branch

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Transport for Wales.
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I would like to nominate my manager Luke for the national Rail Manager of the Year because no one deserves it more. I have been employed as a conductor for Transport for Wales for the past four years, Luke has been my manager throughout my career. Luke is always encouraging me to further my career within the rail industry, his honest and professional approach has always made me feel at ease. Luke has always gone above and beyond especially regarding home life. Luke finds a balance between manager and sometimes friend which is very refreshing knowing that I can turn to someone when needed. Having spoken with many other members of staff everyone has the same opinion of him and find myself extremely fortunate to be a part of his team. Having dealt with a short illness in 2022 having Luke there was a massive help, not only myself but also my family. He went above and beyond to make sure I was looked after, this reassurance showed a great deal of caring and understanding. I feel extremely fortunate to have a manager like Luke.
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Luke, Branch

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Transport for Wales
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Luke was my guard's manager when I was a conductor for Transport for Wales, he was awesome, always there when I needed him. Recently I lost my mother and Luke really looked after me. I couldn’t have asked for a better manager.
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Simona, Daraba

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Greater Anglia
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I would like to Nominate Simona Daraba. Simona works as an Area Customer Service Manager. There are lots of reasons why I nominate Simona for the best Manager. Simon always goes above and beyond the call of duty in pursuing excellence. She will always support any employee at any time. She is hard working and everything she does must be to perfection. She brings high standards into the workplace and everybody speaks out highly about her work and commitment. She is a mother to two young boys and I am amazed how she can organise her very busy schedule. She is a very good listener and she always supports staff when needed. Simona will support and encourage Staff to develop in the company. When I was promoted to the Supervisor role I was scared and worried if I was going to be good. Simona gave me support and made me believe nothing is impossible. She teaches me how to deal with difficult situations and stay professional at all times. She was supporting me when I went through difficult times in my private life and she is supporting me in my career path. I am very proud to be part of her Team. She is a very strong and confident woman. Every woman would like to be like her in the Company. She also brings all staff together who are working at different stations by organising events. I couldn't wish for a better Manager.
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Alana, Davoren

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Alstom
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Demonstrating exceptional stakeholder engagement, innovative thinking and inspirational leadership to overcome unprecedented challenges, Alana Davoren enabled the safe delivery of Barking Riverside Overground rail extension and station opening five months earlier than scheduled. Collaborating with multiple stakeholders to establish priorities, and secure buy-in, Alana instigated a new programme, taking full accountability for reporting project progress, trialled eviFile, an innovative tracking and real-time reporting tool and created a new commissioning readiness procedure. Leading a diverse team comprising 60 different ethnic backgrounds, Alana facilitated an environment that empowered everyone to have a voice, establishing a one-team approach and common sense of purpose. Demonstrating exceptional stakeholder engagement, innovative thinking and inspirational leadership to overcome unprecedented challenges posed by Covid, Alana Davoren enabled the safe delivery of Barking Riverside Overground rail extension and station opening five months earlier than scheduled. Originally due to open in December 2021, a planned single five-day possession over Easter 2020 to undertake signalling works had to be cancelled by Network Rail (NR) due to the pandemic. With Transport for London (TfL) setting a revised opening for December 2022 and the opportunity for another single possession unlikely for four years Alana, Alstom's Lead Project Manager, devised and managed a staged delivery strategy to carry out the critical signalling works over 16 weekends. Recognising effective and efficient communication was key to the project's success, Alana instigated a new programme, taking full accountability and responsibility for collating and reporting project progress. Tracking critical activities and challenges, Alana's seamless ability to identify and resolve key project issues and use lessons learnt formed the foundation for continuous improvement and swift programme recovery. This enabled TfL to open the line extension and terminus station in July 2022, five months ahead of schedule. "Alana is an extremely accomplished and passionate Project Manager, always going the extra mile, her passion is infectious. A people person, she encourages her project delivery team to strive for continuous improvement to achieve the best outcomes. Alana saw every commissioning as a learning opportunity not just to grow her own experience, but that of her team and the business. Always going over and above, Alana leads by example and has exceptional communication skills and a special talent for building relationships; within her team and with clients and stakeholders." Richard Denton, Project Director Alstom
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Peter, Mellar

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Greater Anglia
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Peter leads from the front and is effective at empowering his team. Peter is a genuine manager who will help if he can. He takes the time to listen to his team and you do feel like he genuinely cares . His management style is a great blend of professionalism and humour which in turn, really engages his team. I would like Peter to be acknowledged for his relentless hard work and commitment to his team.
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Jamie, O'Donnell

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Greater Anglia
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I want to nominate Jamie for this award as he so deserves it! He is the best manager anyone could ask for, he is always there for you no matter what! he will go out of his way to help you, whether its work or personal, nothing is to much for him, he helps out during disruption, joining us on the frontline any time we ask, even dispatching train if necessary, he is a firm but fair manager, he has empathy, and compassion in all that he does. Its such a pleasure to work with someone who really cares and is interested in you.
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Isabelle, Reynolds

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Greater Anglia
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Isabelle is a fantastic manager, always seen and always there to help or advise. She is very approachable and is well liked across her whole team. You really feel like she has your back and she is interested in YOU. If she can help you she will. Isabelle has been particularly supportive to me through some very difficult times that I have had personally whilst working for Greater Anglia and I cannot thank her enough for her support during this time, I would love her to receive some recognition for her superb management skills.
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RAIL PERSON OF THE YEAR AWARD

Bal, Birring

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Northern Trains / Amulet Security
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This nomination is for a core member of the TSO operation and someone who has been a mainstay on the contract since its existence several years ago. Bradford TSO supervisor Balbir Birring has not only been ever present since the contract was formed but has continued her rise up the ranks to now be in the position of officer in charge in the East region. Bal has overcome numerous obstacles throughout her time with us including becoming our only current female supervisor in an industry predominately male dominated, Bal being in such a position and leading by example whilst demonstrating to other females without our operation that this achievement is possible is something we are extremely proud of and something I hope Bal takes immense pride in. In recent years Bal and her team have continued to shine and exceed all expectations with a large percentage of this coming down to Bal's planning, preparation and passion for her team to be the best on the railway network. What I feel makes this nomination so special and personal is each and every one of Bal's officer's have sent me personal messages over the last few months asking for this to be put forward as they want their leader to feel as special and appreciated as she makes them feel on a daily basis whilst representing both company and client.
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Jane, Courtney

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SWR
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Jane goes above and beyond, she does this in many ways. Ensuring that she uses her knowledge of the railway to give them explicit journey plans. The most important thing she does is empathise with the multiple types of customers visiting the station, who have many challenges, mental health etc.
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George, Mitchell

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Northern Trains / Amulet Security
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Northern Trains Travel Safe Officer George Mitchell continues to display all the skills and qualities that we embrace from our officers with him playing an essential part in not only keeping people safe in his presence but educating those who may be unfamiliar with the dangers of the railway. George takes immense pride in the results he achieves across the network and was recognised at last years Rail Staff awards where he was highly commended for his heroic life saving intervention and proudly represented both Northern Trains and Amulet as a finalist at the prestigious awards. The initial intervention and George's clear and obvious passion for public safety gained interest from the wider network leading to TSO Mitchell taking part in the Samaritans "Small Talk Saves Lives" campaign which launched in Feb 24. George as a representative of both company and client travelled to London Kings Cross to assist, share his personal but heroic story and offer advice to those who may have fallen on hard time and be struggling to see light at the end of the tunnel. George has followed this initial launch event up by also attending Samaritans follow up event in Leeds station, this done in his own time away from his daily duties as an officer which I believe emphasises his commitment to ensuring others utilising the network always have someone to turn to during a time of need. George's presence and commitment to the nationwide campaign led to numerous positive emails being received from Samaritans themselves thanking George for the part he played and even noted an emotional interaction George had with an elderly male who came over to thank Samaritans for saving his life. Anyone would think being a full time officer securing the railway network but somehow finding time to assist with such campaigns would be enough for TSO Mitchell but knowing George how we do it came as no surprise when in addition to the above George recently took time out to enquire to our client Northern Trains regarding school educational material which was subsequently acquired and hand delivered by George to his local primary schools. Selfless acts to educate and protect others seem to go hand in hand with George and to have an individual that not only saved a life in extremely distressing circumstances but then followed that up by committing his time to ensure others don't find themselves in the same position is something we should be immensely proud of. An initial outstanding act, followed with building trust and relationships in his local community by sharing essential educational material with local primary schools and playing an essential part in a nationwide campaign that no doubt will prevent more lives being taken is nothing short of truly amazing and we are incredibly lucky to have TSO Mitchell out across the network keeping others safe.
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Paul, Nixon

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Network Rail
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Paul is a selfless individual that is always willing to listen to others and advise where possible. Paul has an extensive amount of railway experience and knowledge and collaborates with different contractors and consultants within the railway industry helping them improve their safety performance. He always makes time for others putting their health and well-being as a priority. He is easy to talk to and everyone I have spoken to within rail gets along with him and only says nice things about him.
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Eugene, Obeng

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Northern Trains / Amulet Security
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Eugene Obeng has now operated as a Travel Safe Officer on the Northern Trains Contract for over 2 years. Throughout this time, he has consistently represented himself, Northern Trains Ltd, Amulet Security and the RSAS Scheme to the highest of professional standards whilst ensuring safety and security remain at the forefront of his mind. Where TSO Obeng really excels, is in his ability to ensure he is a prominent presence on the railway which has best placed him to intervene when offences have been committed or be the help that someone is looking for when they have found themselves in a vulnerable place. This can be best evidenced by his reporting figures for Railway Year 2023/2024, in which TSO Obeng submitted 909 reports for incidents ranging from anti-social behaviour, trespassing, unauthorised access to stations, individuals in need of safeguarding and intelligence reports. With this, what TSO Obeng has demonstrated is the ability to not only adapt to different incidents but changing situations as well. As an example, it is not uncommon for TSO Obeng to initially begin dealing with an individual who has committed an offence but is then identified as someone who requires further intervention from a safeguarding perspective, be it missing persons or individuals suffering with mental health issues. In this way, TSO Obeng shows he possesses the ability to deal with any situation that presents itself in a proportionate and compassionate way to achieve desirable results. The impact of TSO Obeng’s efforts can be broken down by further analysing his reporting figures as follows; of the 909 reports submitted, 837 were offences witnessed and dealt with by TSO Obeng. Of these 837 reported offences, 744 were instances of an individual or individuals being identified as committing an offence, with the remaining 93 instances being where vehicles have been found in breach of Northern Trains Ltd’s parking policies. With each of the parking offences reported carries a fixed penalty of £50, showing that TSO Obeng’s consistent efforts not only aids in reprimanding individuals committing offences but also there is revenue to be earned back from them. There are actually over 250 occasions where TSO Obeng has in fact obtained details of individuals for offences committed, with which Northern Trains Ltd are afforded the opportunity to earn back further lost revenue. Without doubt, the Northern Trains network is a safer place with TSO Obeng active on it. He consistently displays all the desired qualities of a Travel Safe Officer being proactive, professional, compassionate and honest whilst providing the necessary deterrent or intervention to protect the networks passengers and assets.
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RAIL TEAM OF THE YEAR AWARD

Northern Trains, Travel Safe Officers

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Northern Trains / Amulet Security
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The Northern Trains Travel Safe Officer team continued to add much needed value and benefit to the safety and security of all of Northern Train's valued customers across the network. A team of 60 plus officers patrolling and securing the network is often first on the scene for some of the most challenging and distressing incidents whilst demonstrating essential soft skills to safeguard and support both staff and passengers going about their daily tasks. The team which spans all four of Northern Trains regions share immense passion, pride and commitment to deliver a service to be proud of whilst serving the communities they operate within to the highest possible standards, this is reflected in the rewards and recognition not only individual officers have achieved but also the success the contract has seen as a whole at recent awards ceremonies including scooping three highly coveted awards at the 2023 Amulet awards including the Outstanding Act award for the second successive year and having 9 finalists present at the prestigious rail staff awards held at the NEC in Birmingham. The TSO operation continues to influence the safe running of the Northern network whilst ensuring all incidents both minor and major have minimal disruption to commuters and railway staff a like, this service being delivered in there to compliment the hard work being carried out by colleagues at The British Transport Police across the network as an extension of the policing family and is only made possible by hard work and a commitment to deliver a bespoke training package going hand in hand with a team of 60 plus officers spread across five teams who share the same vision, values and passion as ourselves and respective stakeholders. The TSO cohort have assisted and interacted with no less than 126 individuals they would consider vulnerable and ensured they remain safe whilst in their care whilst supporting 55 individuals suffering from suicidal thoughts at stations up and down the country and being first on scene and delivering first aid for over 174 medical incidents some of which was extremely distressing for the officers present including two incidents involving knife attacks. The last year has seen some real success stories shared from across the TSO teams including officers regularly and actively taking part in community engagement events alongside fellow railway stakeholders, TSOs attending local schools to relationship build and educate those children who utilise the network on a daily basis, TSO's taking part in a nationwide suicide awareness campaign whilst officers took part in a first of its kind Violence Against Women experiment in collaboration with Northern Trains and Professor Barak Arial from Cambridge University. This six month long commitment to improving safety and security for women and girls has drawn immense praise industry wide but also from Professor Arial who off the back of the campaign has selected TSOs also to take part in a further commitment piece centred around reducing violence in the work place due to commence in summer 2024.
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Northern Trains Travel Safe Officers, East Region

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Northern Trains / Amulet Security
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The Northern Trains Travel Safe team based out of Bradford Interchange epitomises all that we stand for whilst embracing the values and culture of our partners at Northern Trains. The East region made up of 14 accredited professionals led by Bal Birring continues to go from strength to strength and consistently seek and achieve results that astound us within Amulet but in addition, receives glowing feedback from our clients thanking them for taking such pride in their efforts to keep the travelling public and Northern Trains staff safe on a daily basis. This team is no stranger to accolades and continues to produce special individuals from within only made possible by the unrivalled leadership from both Bal Birring and her second in command Richard Scotton which cannot be underestimated. This team in particular continue to set the standards for an operation that prides itself on professionalism, integrity, dedication and commitment to drive change in society and remain a visible presence in a bid to deter antisocial behaviour and criminal activity in the communities they serve. Despite operating under the biggest and most demanding geographical region, the team over the last 12 months have amassed over 3,900 incident reports that have been witnessed and resolved across the railway network for railway byelaw breaches whilst issuing 1,419 parking notices across the last 12 months to keep our clients stations and car parks readily available and assessable for genuine customers. In addition to the above the team have also prevented 9 individuals suffering from suicidal thoughts from ending their lives whilst responding to 33 separate medical emergencies across the Northern Trains network ranging from broken bones to individuals in cardiac arrest and being severely unwell. Over the last year we have had officers from within the team attend local schools to share educational material with primary school children in a bid to promote railway safety, we have also had an officer hand-selected by Samaritans to take part in the ‘Small Talk Saves Lives’ campaign which took place at London Kings Cross station. The team not only fulfils their daily obligations but regularly look to surpass any goals laid out by embracing the challenge of making the railway network a safer place.
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CRSA East, Resource Team

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CRSA
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The Central Rail Systems Alliance East Resource team work tirelessly to deliver projects in their region under challenging circumstances. They do this whilst still working in an efficient, friendly, extremely collaborative and inclusive manner. The team consistently demonstrate a remarkable spirit of commitment and an unwavering dedication to getting the project requirements met, whether on the domestic or project front, As an agency dealing with them, it is a delight that processes are in place to ensure smooth running at every turn. The area and projects that the team cover are vast and varied running from Kings Cross and St Pancras to the Scottish Borders making it all the more fun on a daily basis working alongside with them. Dealing with Jade Price, Alan Clegg, Mark Dickson, Jodie Fletcher, Charlotte Bullock and Gemma Roper is always a delight. Lovely people, lovely team and well worthy of the award.
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Northern Trains Travel Safe Officers, Central Region

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Northern Trains / Amulet Security
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On 29th March 2024 whilst patrolling a busy city centre train station within the Central Region Travel Safe Officers Saul Stapley and Matthew Clare were requested to attend the toilets situated on the concourse due to a group of young males that were congregating without intentions of travelling. After several minutes of back and forth and the group becoming quite argumentative the group was ushered out of the station by TSOs present, seconds later the group suddenly turned around and began shouting towards a male and a female accompanying him who was situated on the busy station concourse. One male then brandished a bladed article and proceeded to slash another young male around the neck area only to be deterred by TSOs who at this point were running towards the danger ahead in an attempt to avoid any further damage coming to the victim. TSOs Stapley and Clare without care or thought for their own safety attempted to apprehend several members of the group who managed to escape the station grounds, the panic alarm was pressed by officers with them alerting other officers present of the knife attack before taking it upon themselves to give chase in an attempt to ensure no further harm came to any other members of the public. TSOs Stapley and Clare was joined by TSOs Jonathan Clowes and Danielle MacDonald with the team apprehending one male across from the station. Whilst this was ongoing Supervisor Gareth Preston was responding to the panic alarm and arrived on scene to treat the young male who had suffered a large laceration to the back of his neck with at this point dozens of onlookers watching proceedings unfold. Gareth continue to administer first aid until Paramedics and other officers arrived from the Police force The incident despite it's extremely challenging and dangerous nature only highlighted officers' bravery, courage and willingness to run into the face of adversity would have likely resulted in the group stabbing the victim multiple more times potentially ending his life. This is a real life example of the challenge faced by officers but the lengths they go to in order to protect the public and maintain safety and security. A truly outstanding and selfless act by a group of officers who take immense pride in their role and the network they are there to protect.
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ERTMS Technical Support, Team

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Network Rail
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The ERTMS Technical Support team deserve this award. They have jumped in to support the East Coast Digital Program. I have worked closely with all of the team and they will go above and beyond to help with any ERTMS technical support. The contribution to the modern railway from the team is invaluable. Thanks for all the hard work! I'm proud to nominate them for this as they deserve it!
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ERTMS Technical Support, Team

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Network Rail
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I would like to nominate Lee, Dave, Jay and Dan (collectively the ERTMS Technical Support Engineers) for their contribution this year. The team was formed in May 2023 and they have achieved so much in such a short space of time. They have devoted themselves to learning about the new world of ERTMS, bringing in their knowledge from their previous roles and learning the new complex system. They have been working collaboratively with train operators and the project delivery team over the last year, firstly for the testing of the system playing a key role in providing diagnostics and faulting to the onsite teams during testing shifts, and then providing rapid diagnostics as the system entered in to service on the Northern City Line. Without the team, their willingness to learn and adapt, the operational teams would not have the confidence in Network Rail's ability to successfully run an ERTMS network.
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SAFETY PERSON OR TEAM AWARD

Safwaan, Ali

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VolkerFitzpatrick
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Safwaan is the Operational Lead for VolkerFitzpatrick on all structures related delivery for the Camp Hill Line stations project in Birmingham. Safwaan has driven a culture of safety on the project and across the business, engaging the client WMCA, Network Rail, designers and subcontractors to adopt the same focus and culture of 'safety first always'. Safwaan was the key member of the project team who organised the emergency rescue response when a vulnerable young man was walking on the live railway track at the Kings Heath station during live operational hours; Safwaans quick thinking and calm demeanour helped bring the team together to contact the signaller, access track safely and bring the young man to safety and returned to re-unite with his mother and loved ones. Safwaan took a backstep when the business was providing their thanks to the team for this amazing rescue effort, as he is an extremely humble and hard working individual who cares about people genuinely and is an ambassador for VolkerFitzpatrick. Safwaan has a robust attitude and approach to reviewing safety documents such as risk assessments, method statements, task briefs, ALO plans, temporary works and permanent works designs, and always speaks up to highlight safety concerns and provides sensible, efficient and cost effective solutions to problems that he identifies on site and in designs. Safwaan has a fun and gentle character and puts people at ease, whilst addressing sensitive matters on health and safety that typically can put people on edge. He is a true ambassador for safety in the railway sector and will no doubt continue to develop and foster a culture of safety first always.
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Richard, Bonella

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Network Certification Body (NCB)
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I am nominating Richard Bonella for the Safety Person Award. Over the last year, Richard has personally delivered over 10 CSM-RA safety assessment awareness briefing sessions to Railway staff across the country. Richard has decades of experience in the railway and uses his experiences to take attendees on a journey to better understand CSM-RA. Helping a new generation of railway experts continue to make the UK's railways safe for years to come.
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Andrew, Burrows

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Project Leaders
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Introduction: Project Leaders Ltd are thrilled to nominate Andrew Burrows, Construction Manager for the Safety Award. Since representing Project Leaders and carrying out the role of Construction Manager for MTR, Andrew has significantly enhanced the Health and Safety (H&S) practices, proving himself a pivotal asset in the continuous efforts to provide a secure working environment. His actions have not only improved safety but have also fostered a culture of proactive safety management across the projects MTR are delivering in infrastructure. Commitment to Safe Practices on Site: Andrew has been instrumental in elevating on-site safety standards. His ability to identify and rectify unsafe practices has led to considerable improvements in operational procedures. A prime example of his impact is evident in his contributions to the McLeod Mews project. Here, Andrew identified critical inefficiencies in how materials were handled on-site. By pioneering a new approach, he significantly mitigated potential hazards, enhancing safety for all personnel involved. His readiness to halt work to address safety concerns underscores his dedication to the well-being of every team member. Proactive Health & Safety Monitoring: Beyond immediate safety interventions, Andrew has championed the importance of proactive H&S monitoring. His efforts have led to a substantial increase in the reporting of "close calls" on our sites. This shift towards early identification of potential issues is crucial, as it allows risks to be addressed before they escalate into actual incidents. Andrew’s strategic foresight in H&S monitoring not only prevents accidents but also embeds a culture of safety that permeates throughout our projects. Impact and Leadership: Andrew’s extensive experience and exceptional communication skills have made him a respected leader in safety. His approachable manner and clear communication have encouraged staff to more actively engage in safety practices and discussions, contributing to an overall safer and more aware workplace. Conclusion: Andrew Burrows is a deserving candidate for the Safety Award, given his unwavering commitment to safety, proactive approach to risk management, and influential leadership. His contributions have not only enhanced safety but have also instilled a sustainable culture of caution and care. We believe that recognizing Andrew’s efforts with this award will not only honour his accomplishments but also reinforce the importance of safety in our industry.
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SAMARITANS LIFESAVER AWARD

Agnes, Alaiya

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Carlisle Support Services
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Agnes works regularly at London Fields Station and is fully aware of the station, Agnes always arrives early for her shift that starts at 0500, on this morning Agnes was completing a Station Security Check and noticed in the distance someone walking along the line. Agnes very quickly started to take action - contacting the signaller and Emergency services, the person on the track was taken off in time before the train arrived at the station and received the care needed. - Please see the report from the ARL Manager. I want to send my commendation to Agnes regarding the suicidal person who was apprehended at her station this morning. Her coming into work hours before the start of her shift almost every day goes to show her commitment & dedication to her job. The incident is an example of reporting for duty early enough to have things set & ready for work. Well done to Agnes for her hard work. Agnes is an extremely committed staff member who always goes beyond and above her duties, she is also very well known at the station to the passengers and regularly receives gifts as passengers travel to their destination. I would like to nominate Agnes for saving a life at the London Fields Station Well done Agnes.
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Hayley Hall &, Paul Bean

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Northern Trains/Amulet Security
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On 29th April Northern Travel Safe Officers Hayley Hall & Paul Bean were onboard a service when they became aware of a visibly distressed young female, upon striking up a conversation the girl notified officers that she had been subject to assault and unwanted sexual behaviour TSOs attempted to console the female whilst gathering essential facts regarding the incident in order to notify local Police to respond to the situation. The female deboarded with officers and where a family member was also contacted to ensure someone could come to the site to ensure she remained safe whilst awaiting Police. Both Hayley and Paul showed compassion throughout which is an extremely challenging situation which was recognised a week later when we recieved an email thanking both Paul and Hayley for their actions and support throughout the incident. In addition to both mentioned Officers ensuring the female remained safe in their presence both Officers also recently dealt with another difficult situation when on 15th May TSOs Hall & Bean came across a young male who claimed to be suffering from low mood and depression. Both TSOs took the time to reassure the male, gather his back story and sit with him for some time to ensure he remained safe until Police could arrive and take him to a position of safety at the station. On two occasions within weeks of each other Hayley and Paul have found themselves faced with extreme challenges and supporting individuals who have found themselves in distressing situations, the actions of both TSOs ensured no further harm came to them and they were both able to receive further care and attention whilst maintaining their dignity in what are two very sensitive situations.
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Ivan, Peev

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Carlisle Support Services
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Ivan saved a colleague's life while on duty. It started as a normal day at work unexpectedly his colleague started to fit on the platform. Ivan's first instinct was to ensure his colleague was put in a safe position, along with ensuring passengers were kept calm and the service kept to minimum disruption. Ivan quickly called for assistance, he also kept calm while staying on the phone with emergency services the entire time, alerted staff and ensured all was well while remaining calm and composed! ultimately saving a life. His quick thinking and calm demeanour in a high-pressure situation exemplify his dedication to the safety and well-being of others. Ivan's actions were truly heroic and deserving of recognition with a lifesaver award.
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Aimee, Yates

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Carlisle Support Service
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Aimee was faced with a challenging situation while on duty supervising, Aimee noticed a young gentleman close to the edge of the platform. Aimee approached the gentleman who was looking upset and distressed. He told Aimee that he wanted to end his life. Aimee got him away from the edge of the platform and managed to get him to safety. Aimee persuaded him to come into the platform office where he broke down. Emergency services were called, and Aimee stayed with the gentleman ensuring his support was on the way. The report from Management on duty: We had a busy rugby event in WHL, so SVS station ( p2) was extremely busy, Aimee was conducting Crowd Control supervising duties. Despite dealing with overcrowded platforms and staff members, she spotted a young age passenger, standing towards the Country end of the platform, He looked visibly distressed, so she approached him to start the initial interaction. I witnessed the way she communicated with him, which was calm, emphatic, professional, and patient. At first individual didn't want to interact and engage but only thanks to Aimee's experience and skills, he slowly started opening up and cooperating. He said that a lot is happening in his life, and he wants to end it. Aimee was encouraging him to get away from the platform. They both got inside one of the rooms, where they carried on talking. In the meantime, BTP arrived, and took over the situation, making sure that relevant contact had been made and passengers were taken to safety. Following this situation, Aimee returned to carrying her Event Crowd Control Supervising duties. I want to reiterate that during extremely busy circumstances, Aimee managed to spot a customer in need, and used skills, experience and knowledge in a way that ultimately saved a young person's life. Well done to Aimee for her actions saving a young person's life!
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STATION STAFF PERSON OR TEAM AWARD

William, Ashworth

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Greater Anglia
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Will always gives a 5 star service to every single passenger that passes through our station, he always making children laugh and showing them a little fairy house he helped build on platform 1, and going above and beyond to help passengers. A few months ago we had a passenger that was out of control on our platform not only did the whole team pull together to turn this unsafe situation into a safe one but I feel special praise/acknowledgement needs to be given to Will Ashworth. He was there from start to finish and at one point put himself between the passenger in the scooter and between the approaching train (in a safe way) telling the passenger 'I'm not going to let you do this'. Within 10 minutes Will had the passenger away from the edge in a safe spot and was starting to calm him down and talk him round even though the passenger was quite simply hurling abuse and out of control, and at one point trying to get his stick out his bag to hit Will. This enabled the rest of the team to call signallers, put blocks on line, realise with train crews and most importantly calling the police. Will eventually calmed him down and got him a cup of tea and stayed with him from 13.30 up until the passenger eventually taken away in a police van at 1600. Will even offered to get on the train with the man to PBO however I wouldn't let him do this due to the abuse we had all witnessed. In times like this Will really took control of the situation which enabled the rest of us to get on with our jobs ensuring other passengers' safety. It would be lovely for Will to be recognised in some way for this.
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Jayson, Gill

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LNER
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We proudly nominate Jayson Mark Gill for the prestigious Station Person of the Year award in recognition of his outstanding advocacy for station staff and exceptional leadership qualities. Jayson’s commitment to the well-being and success of his colleagues sets him apart as an exemplary team leader deserving of this honour. Advocacy for Station Staff: Jayson has demonstrated unwavering dedication to advocating for the needs and rights of station staff. He consistently listens to his colleagues, addresses their concerns, and actively works towards solutions that benefit everyone. Through his leadership, Jayson has fostered a supportive and inclusive environment where every team member feels valued and respected. Pride in Appearance: Jayson exemplifies professionalism by taking great pride in his appearance. His attention to detail and presentation not only reflects personal integrity but also inspires others to uphold high standards within the station team. By leading by example, Jayson instills a sense of professionalism that positively impacts the entire staff. Caring for Passenger Safety: Jayson’s dedication to passenger safety is unparalleled. He consistently goes above and beyond to ensure that safety protocols are followed diligently. Whether it’s coordinating emergency procedures or implementing safety initiatives, Jayson’s proactive approach significantly enhances the overall safety and experience for station visitors. Improving Union Experience: Recognising the importance of collective representation, Jayson has actively worked to enhance the union experience for his colleagues. He advocates for fair working conditions, improved benefits, and better communication channels. Jayson’s efforts have strengthened unity within the team, empowering each member to voice their concerns and contribute to positive change. Exceptional Team Leader: Jayson Mark Gill embodies the qualities of an exceptional team leader. His leadership style is characterised by empathy, integrity, and a strong commitment to fostering a collaborative work environment. Under his guidance, the station staff has flourished, achieving greater cohesion, productivity, and job satisfaction. In summary, Jayson Mark Gill’s outstanding advocacy for station staff, pride in appearance, commitment to passenger safety, and efforts to improve the union experience make him a deserving candidate for the Station Person of the Year award. His leadership has made a lasting impact on the station community, reflecting his unwavering dedication to excellence and service. We wholeheartedly endorse Jayson Mark Gill for this esteemed recognition.
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Danny, Impey

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South Western Railway
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Danny has worked tirelessly over the past few years - working hard during the royal coronation and the Royal weddings while battling many personal issues, Danny has always put his best foot forward supporting his colleagues and working hard, Danny is the kind of guy that we all aspire to be when knocked down Danny gets back up learning and developing new strategies to continue to be the best at what he does.
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SUSTAINABILITY & CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY PERSON OR TEAM AWARD