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Women in Rail announces 20 most inspirational women in rail

The Women in Rail organisation have named Hollie Woodard, project manager at VolkerRail, as one of its 20 most inspirational women in rail.

Launched by the organisation in February, the survey is the first of its kind; celebrating women in the UK railway sector who have positively influenced others over the course of their railway career and are an inspiration to peers, colleagues and those interested in joining the rail industry.

Women in Rail received nearly 200 nominations, from men and women across the industry, and Women in Rail’s steering committee chose the top 20.

Adeline Ginn, founder of Women in Rail said, “We had a fantastic response to the survey. The UK railway industry employs many amazing women who need to be recognised for their outstanding contribution to our sector and the impact they have on our day-to-day lives. Narrowing the list to 20 was extremely challenging and difficult but it was crucial for us to showcase the 20 women from across the industry who have made a big difference to their managers, peers, colleagues and customers.”

Commenting on the accolade Hollie said: “I was extremely humbled and honoured to receive this award. What makes it all the more special, for me, is the fact that I have been nominated by my colleagues.”

Alongside carrying out her role as project manager, Hollie has also been involved in a number of industry initiatives designed to promote young children to enter into a STEM career, including Go4Set and Teentech; as well as visiting local schools to help support and promote careers in the railway industry.

Hollie also mentors young women across the business who are keen to develop their roles as engineers and project managers, providing guidance and support in their studies.