Tue 17 Oct 2017
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm (iCal)

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Each year, young people from a diverse range of backgrounds join the rail industry, often through graduate and apprentice schemes. Rail is a great sector in which to work, and it presents many opportunities to progress and achieve great things, both individually and as part of highly successful teams.

YRP has hand-picked a number of guest speakers to present their engaging career paths in the rail industry and answer questions. Although our speakers are from different parts of the industry and have varied experiences, they all have something in common, a great story to tell to inspire our student guests.

Julianna Moats, Vice Chair of YRP London and South East, will introduce YRP to our guests and discuss how the organisation can support them in achieving their career aspirations in rail. Julianna will then pass on to our guest speakers, who will present their inspiring career journeys and also answer Q&A.

The presentations will be followed by networking and a chance to gain some more insight and advice from our speakers.

18.00: Registration and networking
18.30-20.00: Presentations and questions

Guest Speakers:

Fiona Barry – Project Manager, Transport for London

Fiona joined the Transport for London Project Management Graduate Scheme in September 2013 because she was keen to experience the challenges and opportunities of implementing the organisation’s largest capital investment programme in over 80 years. Having studied project management during her undergraduate degree, she had gained a passion for this subject and was keen to undertake the vital role of project manager to ensure the delivery of quality improvements across the network to meet ever-increasing demand.

Working as a Graduate Project Manager, her role involved working on a variety of different construction projects to gain experience of management from design through to handover. During the scheme, she was able to develop her competency by supporting the delivery of some of the organisation’s largest and most high profile projects.

Since rolling off the scheme in 2015, She has worked on the £89m construction of a new Underground Station at Nine Elms. She is now acting Project Manager accountable for the delivery of several key work packages as well as managing the delivery of key work packages to corporate standards and programme requirements.

Aoife Considine – Project Engineer, Transport for London

After graduating with a Masters in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, Aoife moved across the pond to join the Transport for London Mechanical Engineering graduate scheme. Since finishing this scheme, Aoife has been working as a Project Engineer in the Rolling Stock Renewals Team in London Underground. This team works on long term life extension and upgrade projects for existing London Underground trains and at present she is in charge of delivering new LED lighting and CCTV on Bakerloo and Central Lines.

Outside of her day job, Aoife is a STEMNET Ambassador and an advocate for women in engineering and rail. She sat on the YRP committee last year as National Ambassadors Manager and is currently organising a Young Engineers Railway Seminar in conjunction with the Institute of Mechanical Engineers. When not campaigning to increase the profile of engineers, Aoife can be found on stage or in the studio pursuing her other passion of dance and performing arts.

Sheila Sousa – Telecommunications Engineer, WSP

Sheila is a Telecoms Design Engineer at WSP. She joined WSP as a graduate in 2014 and has worked on several projects since, such as London Overground Capacity Improvement Programme and Edinburgh Gateway. She is responsible for designing the station information and surveillance systems (customer information system, CCTV system, and Station network system amongst others), developing specification documents, liaising with clients and suppliers, producing a complete design and providing construction support.

During her time at WSP, she has had the opportunity to work in different sites, and to influence innovation within the station information and surveillance systems. Sheila is also the London and South East Region Networking and Development Manager for YRP.


May-Ann Lew – Consultant, SNC-Lavalin

May-Ann is a Consultant in the Rail Control Systems team at SNC-Lavalin Rail and Transit. She is currently on secondment on the Four Lines Modernisation Automatic Train Control Project and is the Site Operating Rules lead and CBTC assistant project engineer for the project team. May-Ann has worked on other major projects such as National European Train Control System for Freight Programme and Crossrail 2 Operation Robustness.

May-Ann is a longtime committee member of Young Rail Professionals, currently as the Head of Rail Week, the nation-wide effort to show the wide variety of fun careers in the rail industry to younger generations.


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