The Big Rail Diversity Challenge 2016

A fun event with a serious message:


On Friday 30th September 2016 over 300 rail industry personnel were welcomed from across the sector by Adeline Ginn, Founder of Women in Rail to compete in the inaugural Big Rail Diversity Challenge.

The event achieved its aim by proving that gender-balanced teams really do work better together – whilst raising awareness of the business benefits attained when engaging an equal ratio of 50% female and 50% male.

A cross between “It’s a Knockout” and “Krypton Factor”, The Big Rail Diversity Challenge provided participants with an opportunity to network, team build and fundraise whilst undertaking fun gender balanced team challenges.

Teams took part in a physically and mentally demanding set of challenges, from soapbox building to mind boggling quizzes, Haka dances to blindfolded baking, simulator racing experiences to space hopper relays and human table football to supercar laps!

The event closed with a fun award ceremony and acknowledgement was paid to teams who stood out in individual challenges, taking into consideration the highest scores earned, team effort, cooperation and communication.

Big Rail Diversity Challenge 2016 Winners

“The Railway Children Shelter Building Charity Challenge Award”Winner: Fusion (BAM Nuttall)Team NameFusion

“Best Team Name Award”Winner: Porterbrook and Young Rail ProfessionalsTeam Name: The Nuts and Bolts

“The Collaborative Teamwork Award”Winner: SNC LavalinTeam Name: Tractive Effort

“Team of the Year Award”Winner: GoviaTeam Name: Aequalitas et Diversitas

Top 10 scores achieved

Aequalitas et Diversitas, representing Govia
Score: 93
Derbys Angels, representing Angel Trains UK
Score: 91
Carmichael UK, representing Carmichael UK
Score: 88
MTR Crossrail, representing MTR Crossrail
Score: 88
Simply the Hex, representing Heathrow Express
Score: 86
Jacobs, representing Jacobs
Score: 84
SCS, representing SCS Railways
Score: 84
Siemens Enginuity, representing Siemens
Score: 81
Tractive Effort, representing SNC Lavalin
Score: 81
Hitachi Lions, representing Hitachi Rail Europe
Score: 76
The Road Railers, representing VolkerRail
Score: 76
Knorr-Bremse, representing Knorr-Bremse
Score: 75
Moving High Speed, representing High Speed 2
Score: 74
McGinley Mavericks, representing McGinley Support Services
Score: 74
The VolkerRail Rockets, representing VolkerRail
Score: 73
Young Rail Pro, representing Young Rail Professionals
Score: 73

The Big Rail Diversity Challenge saw teams excel across the individual challenges

Acknowledgement was provided to teams achieving individual challenge winning status on the day.

Those Superstars are:

Le Mans Soapbox: Best Kart Built
Presented to team CrossCountry, representing CrossCountry
Ninja Warrior: Best Team Effort
Presented to team Siemens Enginuity, representing Siemens
Human Table Football: Most Goals scored
Presented to The Road Railers, representing VolkerRail
The Great Diversity Bake Off: Highest Score and Team Coordination
Presented to Moving High Speed, representing High Speed 2
Laser Maze: Best Team Effort
Presented to VolkerRail Rockets, representing VolkerRail
Spider Mountain: Best Team Effort
Presented to Derby’s Angels, representing Angel Trains
Racing Aces: Fastest Lap
Presented to MTR Crossrail, representing MTR Crossrail
Underground in a Day: Best Team Communication and Coordination
Presented to Knorr-Bremse, representing Knorr-Bremse
Spider’s Web: Best Team Effort
Presented to SCS, representing SCS Railways (Skanska Costain)
Haka Challenge: Best Haka performance
Presented to Tractive Effort, representing SNC Lavalin
Shunter’s Yard: Fastest Time to complete
Presented to Tractive Effort, representing SNC Lavalin

2016 Event Attendees

Direct Rail Services is a Cumbrian based national rail freight operator with a unique blend of skills and experience.

Heathrow Express is the fastest way to travel between Central London and the UK’s busiest airport with a journey time of just 15 minutes to Heathrow Terminals 2 & 3, and a few minutes more to Terminals 4 or 5. Each day an average of 17,000 people from all over the world use the direct, non-stopping service which is served by a fleet of fully electric trains. The service is driven by a 490-strong workforce which is made up of 40 different nationalities and more than 14 ethnic groups.

East Midlands Trains are part of Stagecoach Group, we run fast, frequent services between London St Pancras International and key destinations throughout the East Midlands, including Leicester, Derby, Sheffield, Nottingham, Manchester and Liverpool.

Young Rail Professionals (YRP) was founded in 2009 to promote, inspire and develop the next generation of railway talent. YRP brings together people from all aspects of the industry, whether they are involved in engineering, asset management, train operations, strategic planning, maintenance, franchising, regulation, marketing or human relations. We are open to any early career rail professional.

Jacobs leads the global professional services sector delivering solutions for a more connected, sustainable world. With $15.0 billion in combined revenue and a talent force more than 74,000 strong, Jacobs provides a full spectrum of services including scientific, technical, professional, construction- and program-management for business, industrial, commercial, government and infrastructure sectors.

The Railway Industry Association (RIA) is the representative body for UK-based suppliers to the UK and world-wide railways. RIA’s membership is active across the whole of railway supply, covering a diverse range of products and services and including both multi-national companies and SMEs (60% by number).

Transport networks across Britain rely on Thales technology and systems expertise for safe, reliable, efficient operations that deliver optimised capacity and reliability.

 Thales is a global leader in rail, road and urban transport, offering advanced signalling and control, integrated communications and supervision systems, and comprehensive services and support that sets the standard in the transportation industry.

Morgan Sindall is a UK construction and infrastructure business with a network of local offices. The company works for private and public sector customers on projects and frameworks from £50,000 to over £1 billion.

Founded in 1911, SNC-Lavalin is a global fully integrated professional services and project management company and a major player in the ownership of infrastructure.

Run by qualified accountants and lawyers, PayStream is one of the leading providers of Umbrella Company, Limited Company and Back Office services to contractors and recruitment agencies.

BAM Nuttall is a leading edge supplier of civil engineering services and is fully focused on delivering quality infrastructure projects on behalf of all our customers. As foundation members of the Institution for Collaborative Working we fully embrace the concept of developing close relationships with our customers at the earliest stage of the project life cycle to develop the optimum solution for project delivery.

Virgin Trains East Coast is the brand name of InterCity Railways Ltd (ICR), which is owned by Stagecoach Group (90%) and Virgin Group (10%).

HS1 Ltd has the 30 year concession to own and operate High Speed 1, the UK’s first section of high speed rail, as well as the stations along the route: St Pancras International, Stratford International, Ebbsfleet International and Ashford International.

Knorr-Bremse Rail UK is part of the Knorr-Bremse Group which employs over 24,000 people around the world. The full range of Knorr-Bremse Connected Systems including: braking systems, air conditioning systems, auxiliary power supply, driver assist and simulator systems, train door systems, monitoring technology and platform screen systems are available from Knorr-Bremse Rail UK.

The CrossCountry network is the most extensive passenger rail franchise in Britain. Stretching from Aberdeen to Penzance and from Stansted to Cardiff, it calls at over 100 stations.

Arup is an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists working across every aspect of today's built environment.

Siemens is a global leader in the design, supply and commissioning of signalling and train control solutions, trains and rail electrification equipment.

With a proven track record in the successful delivery of both green and brown field projects, the company’s signalling portfolio spans train control, computer-based interlockings, operations control systems, track vacancy detection, level-crossing protection and rail communications.

Arcadis is the leading global natural and built asset design and consultancy firm working in partnership with our clients to deliver exceptional and sustainable outcomes through the application of design, consultancy, engineering, project and management services.

Go-Ahead is one of the UK's leading public transport providers.
Since our foundation in the 1980s, we have transformed from a small bus operator in north-east England to an organisation providing more than a billion journeys each year on our UK bus and rail services.

Rail Safety Solutions Ltd (RSS) is well known within the industry for being at the forefront of technological innovations as well as developing bespoke solutions for clients that deliver increased levels of safety and productivity. These core principles have been the cornerstone of the business since 2012 and they have been woven into the organisations structure and workforce ever since.

Southeastern has been running the train service between London and Kent and parts of East Sussex since 2006.

High Speed Two (HS2) Limited is the company responsible for developing and promoting HS2, the UK’s proposed high-speed railway. HS2 will connect London to Birmingham from 2026, Crewe by 2027 and then along a Y-shaped route to Manchester and Leeds from 2033.

The ScotRail Alliance is building the best railway Scotland has ever had.

Since entering the construction market in 1935 VolkerRail has become one of the UK’s leading multi-disciplinary railway infrastructure contractors, with over 70 years’ experience in both the heavy and light rail infrastructure sectors.

S&C North Alliance is a partnership of Amey, Rhomberg Sersa and Network Rail to deliver Switches and Crossings (S&C) renewals and enhancements across two thirds of the UK.

TransPennine Express' is an intercity rail provider with a vision to Take the North Further. We will deliver an investment of over £500m in the next seven years that will transform travel and customer experience across the North and into Scotland. By 2020 we will have introduced 220 brand new state of the art carriages, will provide new routes and services and will increase capacity by over 80 per cent on a seven day a weekend timetable.

Bombardier Transportation in the UK is a complete provider of railway solutions, designing, building, testing and commissioning new rolling stock and signalling solutions, as well as providing a comprehensive maintenance and diagnostic service for rolling stock and railway infrastructure.

Morson Group provide industry leading technical recruitment solutions in engineering across multiple sectors - including rail, aerospace and defence, nuclear and IT – offering both temporary and permanent recruitment.

High Quality Servicing, Maintenance & Overhaul at Arriva TrainCare. Arriva TrainCare is a leading independent UK train maintenance company based in Crewe, with five strategically located depots throughout the country.

Network Rail own and operate the railway infrastructure in England, Wales and Scotland on behalf of the nation.

McGinley Support Services is one of the UK’s largest specialist recruitment agencies providing the Infrastructure sector of the construction industry with permanent, contract and temporary staff at all levels.

Hitachi Rail Europe Ltd is a leading manufacturer in total railway solutions, covering rolling stock, signalling, service delivery and traffic management. Our Global Head Office is located in Central London and we currently operate from project offices across the UK, several depot locations and our new state-of-the-art rail vehicle manufacturing facility in Newton Aycliffe.

Colas Rail is one of Europe’s leading suppliers of railway infrastructure services, we are award-winning specialists having designed and constructed all forms of railways across Europe the UK and worldwide.

The Skanska, Costain and STRABAG (SCS) joint venture brings together an industry-leading combination of tried, tested and successful partnerships, world-wide high-speed rail experience and extensive national and regional knowledge.

Freightliner, as part of G&W UK/Europe Region, supports The Big Rail Diversity Challenge because it allows us to demonstrate that there is categorically a place for women in rail.

TSP Projects is a multi-disciplinary solutions business that provides a full range of services from consultancy, design and engineering to installation and onsite project management.

Network Certification Body (NCB) provides a system-wide approach to railway certification both in the UK and overseas.
An Independent subsidiary of the Network Rail Group providing assurance and certification services for rail infrastructure, vehicle, plant and freight operators together with audit and safety assessment activities, consultancy and training for industry best practice.

Heathrow Express is the fastest way to travel between Central London and the UK’s busiest airport with a journey time of just 15 minutes to Heathrow Terminals 2 & 3, and a few minutes more to Terminals 4 or 5.

Part of the Greater London Authority (GLA) family of organisations led by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, we are the integrated transport authority responsible for delivering the Mayor’s strategy and commitments on transport. Our operational responsibilities include London Underground, London Buses, Docklands Light Railway (DLR), London Overground, TfL Rail, London Trams, London River Services, London Dial-a-Ride, Victoria Coach Station, Santander Cycles and Emirates Air Line.

NTAR is a joint project between the National Skills Academy for Rail (NSAR), the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) and the Department for Transport (DfT), with industry partner Siemens.

Arriva Rail London is the train operating company responsible for running the London Overground network under a Concession Agreement with Transport for London (TfL). The seven and half year concession commenced on 13 November 2016.

Great Western Railway (GWR) provides high speed, commuter, regional and branch line train services. We help over 100 million passengers reach their destinations every year - across South Wales, the West Country, the Cotswolds, and large parts of Southern England.

The VGC Group provides people and delivers projects for the construction and rail industries. The market leader in our field, we have a workforce of over 1,400 people working on major infrastructure projects across the UK. VGC operates in all civil engineering environments including rail, road, utilities, nuclear and airports.

Fusion connects the expertise, innovation and resources of three world-leading engineering businesses: Morgan Sindall, BAM and Ferrovial, to design, construct and operate innovative engineering solutions for large, complex infrastructure programmes in the UK and across the world.

Angel Trains is one of Britain’s leading train leasing companies. The company has been an owner and lessor of rolling stock since 1994 and is one of the largest private investors in the UK rail industry.

NSARE was established in November 2010, and NSARE Limited was incorporated in January 2011 as a ‘not for profit’ company, wholly owned by its Members. In December 2015, we dropped the ‘E’ from our name to reflect the wider industry view that we focus on all aspects of the rail industry not the engineering elements.

The Department for Transport works with our agencies and partners to support the transport network that helps the UK’s businesses and gets people and goods travelling around the country. We plan and invest in transport infrastructure to keep the UK on the move.

On the 30 July 2014 MTR Corporation (Crossrail) Limited, a 100% owned subsidiary of MTR Corporation, was awarded the concession for operating the new Elizabeth line across London.

Through research, analysis, and insight RSSB supports our members and stakeholders to deliver a safer, more efficient and sustainable rail system. Our vision is to be a centre of excellence, valued by its members and stakeholders as an essential contributor to their success.