Membership Development & International Trade Director, Rail Alliance
MSc Management and Leadership; BA Modern Languages and European Studies
10 years in technical rail sales and business development, now supporting the development of the UK rail supply chain
Why did you choose to work for the rail industry?
Initially: luck! I fell into rail through export sales, and was instantaneously impassioned by the industry.
What inspired you at the time and what influenced your choice?
I had an overriding aim to apply my linguistic and commercial experience and was lucky enough to be given the right break, but from thereon in the diversity that the industry demonstrates persuaded me that rail is a fantastic industry of which to play a part.
How does it feel to be in the rail industry? Are your expectations fulfilled?
Equally stimulating as it is challenging – there are so many nuances but some many opportunities, and wonderful industry colleagues.
What are the challenges?
In my current role the challenge can be helping people new to rail understand how all the stakeholders interact – which varies from mode to mode, country to country!
What is a talent? Why the rail industry should engage with talents?
Talent is… being able to apply your passion in the right way. Having a rail career isn’t only for the engineers, it’s such a rich and diverse industry that offers such opportunity. It is vital that we collaborate to promote the rail as an exciting career choice.