Attracting the Next Generation to Rail

10 September 2024


Join this virtual panel session to hear from the rail industry’s leading experts in training, new talent and education as they discuss the challenges facing the industry and the opportunities these provide.

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In an industry soon to celebrate it’s 200th anniversary, attracting, training and retaining the next generation of talent into its ranks is of paramount importance. The rail industry has recognised the difficulty in doing this in recent years, as younger generations are drawn away from what are considered traditional workplaces or even work patterns. On this panel, experts from some of the best training associations in the rail industry will discuss how rail might change its image as an employer and what the next generation of rail are currently looking for.

Key Learnings:

  • Understand how the rail industry is currently tackling the generation gap struggle, which methods are working and which could be improved
  • Explore new methods to address attracting the next generation of talent or fill experience gaps with training
  • Ask our expert speakers questions and benefit from their knowledge and guidance
  • Open up conversation to new ideas around improving the rail industry’s image as a career path


Daisy Chapman-ChamberlainMODERATOR: Daisy Chapman-Chamberlain, Specification Manager, Transport for the North

Daisy has recently moved on from her role at East West Rail and is now a rail Specification Manager at Transport for the North. Daisy was the Innovation Manager at East West Rail; with a passion for transport transformation, accessibility, sustainability, and inclusion. Delivering innovation into this nationally significant railway project, East West Rail will enable much-needed transport connections for communities between Oxford and Cambridge. Daisy works to make rail better for all customers; safer, accessible, and enjoyable. She is also a non-exec board member for the Community Rail Network.

Rajinder PryorSPEAKER: Rajinder Pryor MBE, Head of Business Partnering (Southern), Digital, Data and Technology Services, Network Rail and Board Trustee at Women in Rail

A customer focused individual with excellent communication and relationship skills, she is a certified change management practitioner and accredited coach who is passionate about transformation across organisations and wider society. Since joining Network Rail in 2005, she has worked in many roles across the business and on strategic programmes driving changes with people and culture at the forefront. Supporting various charities, she is a Board Trustee for Women in Rail, an Ambassador for Employers’ Initiative on Domestic Abuse, a Champion for White Ribbon UK, and a trained Mental Health First Aider. Her accolades include: Inspirational Woman of the Year at the 2018 Women in Rail Awards; an MBE in the 2021 Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to diversity and inclusion; featured in a 2022 book celebrating Indian independence ‘75 years, 75 women, 75 words’. Recognising her impact in creating conversations and encouraging a culture of participation through her writing, she was selected as the 2023 EMEA Region Viva Engage Community Champion by SWOOP Analytics and Microsoft. More recently she was invited to the 2024 Vaisakhi Reception at 10 Downing Street.

Bonnie PriceSPEAKER: Bonnie Price, CEO of Young Rail Professionals

Bonnie is the CEO of Young Rail Professionals (YRP). She has been on the board since 2020 and has been elected into her second term at the helm. She is the first woman to hold this position through two elections and the second person in YRP’s history to do so. Her day job is as a management consultant within the rail industry.

Paul PlummerSPEAKER: Paul Plummer, Director of Birmingham Centre for Rail, Birmingham University and Lead for the UK Rail Research and Innovation Network

Paul Plummer is Professor in Rail Strategy, Director of University of Birmingham Centre for Rail Research & Education (BCRRE) and lead for UK Rail Research & Innovation Network (UKRRIN). Key areas of research focus on the transport system from a customer experience and mobility perspective including the implications for public policy. Formerly CEO at Rail Delivery Group (RDG), Group Strategy Director at Network Rail and President of European Infrastructure Managers (EIM). Also working as non-executive director and as a mentor. 

Mark GaynorSPEAKER: Mark Gaynor, Director of Operator Services, Rail Partners

Mark is the Director of Operator Services at Rail Partners. His team works closely with train operators developing and sharing good practice to help them deliver a safe, efficient, reliable and sustainable railway. Mark also sits on the advisory board for Routes into Rail which is a cross-industry initiative to promote careers in rail. Prior to joining Rail Partners, Mark was Head of Railway Strategy at the Rail Delivery Group where he led work to improve the performance and planning of the railway. And before joining RDG, Mark worked at the Department for Transport on a wide range of policies including the development of rail skills, innovation and supply chain strategies.


Is the webinar free?
Yes – there is no charge to watch the webinar, either live or on-demand.

When will the webinar take place?
The webinar will be taking place on 10 September 2024 at 13:30 (UK TIME)

Can I watch the webinar later?
The webinar will be available to watch on-demand shortly after the live broadcast takes place.

What are the benefits of attending live?
During the live webinar, you will be able to pose questions to the speakers, which will then be answered during the live Q&A session at the end of the webinar.

How long will the webinar be?
The live webinar will last for up to one hour.

Who will be moderating?
Daisy Chapman-Chamberlain, Innovation Manager, East West Rail.

What do I need to watch this webinar?
All you need is a computer with an internet connection. It is advised to use headphones where possible for your own comfort.