It has been a challenging time for the rail industry in terms of criticism of its performance – which is why it was so great to celebrate the sometimes-overlooked highlights at this year’s Rail Staff Awards and Transport for London Supplier Awards.
RailStaff Awards success
As the only rail industry event dedicated to recognising the great work being carried out by individuals and teams, the annual RailStaff Awards provides a much-needed opportunity to celebrate those individuals and teams who have gone above and beyond to keep Britain’s railways running safely.
And, at telent, we have a great deal of employees that thoroughly deserve to be recognised. At this year’s ceremony we had eight finalists, two award wins and a highly commended mention. We are well and truly bursting with pride!
Without further ado, the well-deserved RailStaff Awards winners were:
Control, Signalling & Telecoms Engineer of the Year - Garry Andrews, Engineering Manager – Ops Comms
Garry joined telent 11 years ago and has been a core part of the rail training and development side of the business ever since. Responsible for training and mentoring a third of the UK rail industry’s operational telecoms Person in Charge of Testing (PICOTs), Garry is passionate about developing individuals to bridge the skills gap and increase the talent pool to keep our railway running safely.
Rail Team of the Year - SWIFT Team (NRT, NR, Scotrail, CISCO, telent)
Working in collaboration with Network Rail, ScotRail and Cisco, the SWIFT team worked tirelessly to delivering the complex Superfast Wi-Fi In-carriage for future travel (SWIFT) trial between Edinburgh and Glasgow. The first of its kind in the UK, the team overcame significant challenges in stakeholder management and product and design approval within a limited timescale.
Apprentice of the Year - Highly Commended - Carl Braid, Cyber Security Apprentice
Carl researched, found and applied for the first rail cyber security apprenticeship with telent who were blown away by his knowledge, aptitude and attitude. As one of the first cyber security apprentices in the UK rail industry, Carl is a qualified and competent “ethical-hacker” who only began his apprenticeship with telent this year! Carl is involved in testing and exploring the stability of the UK’s rail network.
The wider team telent shortlist included:
Graduate of the Year
Askin Alpinar, Graduate Engineer
Lloyd Harriman, Assistant Project Manager
Rail Engineer of the Year
Conor Maton, Network Engineer
Richard Maries, Lead Engineer – Station Comms
Trainer of the Year
Mark Warrender, Lead Network Solutions Architect