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Events 2015

November 2015

Wednesday 4 November

Event: Bridges: past, present and future

Time: 18:00-21:00

Location: IET London - Savoy Place, WC2R OBL

Hosted by WES

This event will look at bridge design from the past, present and future. This will include references to the Waterloo Bridge in London (often called the Ladies Bridge due to the female workforce that constructed this bridge during WW2), and the Garden Bridge which is currently in the design phase.

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Tuesday 10 November

Event: The Great Schools Debate

In partnership with Bechtel, this will be our first Great Schools Debate. Participating schools will debate the following motion: 'This House believes that women working in transport in the 2000s have a bigger impact on society than women who worked in transport in 1900s.'

The top four performing teams will win the unique opportunity to debate in the final, at the House of Lords in December.

This competition

October 2015

Monday 5 October

Event: Women's Transportation Society (WTS) Autumn Reception - Getting to the Top in a Man's World
Time: 18:00-21:00
Location: Deloitte LLP, 2 New Street Square, London, EC4A 3BZ

Together with partners, Deloitte, the WTS's autumn reception focused on the experiences of women in leadership roles in industry. A panel of guest speakers talked about their own personal journeys and reflected on the qualities that contributed to their success. We also heard from women who had smashed through glass ceilings, we got a male viewpoint on the subject, and discussed the challenges women working in a male-dominated environment faced.

Guest speakers included Becky Wood, Department for Transport (DfT), Emma Codd, Head of Talent, Deloitte, and Major General Stuart Skeates of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

is for Year 9 students. All schools are welcome to participate. Get more information from the schools debate brief.

Thursday 24 September

Event: Panel discussion: Senior Women on the Frontline
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: Room 201, Skempton Building, Imperial College London, Imperial College Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 2UB

Chaired by Patricia Hayes, Director General Civil Aviation at the Department for Transport (DfT), a panel of six women in senior roles discussed their careers and experiences in the operational field. Panellists included:

  • Dana Skelley, Director - Asset Management at TfL
  • Anusha Shah, Technical Director at Jacobs
  • Sharon Thompson, Director at London Trams
  • Katie Frost, Programme Director (Route Change) at Network Rail
  • Jane Simpson, Chief Engineer at Network Rail
  • Rachel Skinner, Director - Development at WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff.

Hosted by the DfT and Imperial College London.

Tuesday 29 September

Event: Speed mentoring
Time: 18:30 - 21:00
Location: The Library, The Institution of Civil Engineers, 1 Great George STreet, Westminster, London, SW1P 3AA

Sponsored by AECOM

Our second speed mentoring event featured an impressive line-up of 50 of our industry's most successful leaders, all on hand to give each attendee four, fifteen minute sessions of mentoring.

20 July 2015

Event: Women in Transport mixer evening
Location: The Crystal

To mark the start of our touring timeline exhibition's 6-week spell at The Crystal, we joined Siemens to hold a mixer evening for individuals from across the transport industry. The evening provided a fascinating insight into the importance, challenges and successes of women in transport. Attendees joined in themed discussions and networked in an impressive setting.

25 July 2015

Event: A Driving Force: 100 Years of Women in Transport
Location: London Transport Museum

London Transport Museum's Battle Bus Learning Project launched the first of their volunteer-led exhibitions on Saturday 25 July. The project has worked with female bus staff to create an exhibition which shares their experiences of working in the bus industry and remembers the lives of women in transport during the First World War.

5&6 June 2015

Event: Maida Vale Centenary Celebrations

When Maida Vale opened its doors to the public 100 years ago on 6 June 1915, it was part of the Bakerloo line extension from Paddington to Queen's Park. At the time, it was staffed solely by women. To mark the centenary, a number of celebrations were held at the station on Friday 5 and Saturday 6 June, including an exhibition chronicling the history of women in transport, with staff volunteers on hand to speak with customers about the history of the station and the role of women in transport.

23 June 2015

Event: National Women in Engineering Day
Location: Horse Guards Parade

To celebrate women in the engineering and technology industries on National Women in Engineering Day, over 150 transport and engineering organisations came together to claim the Guinness World Records title for the most people performing a jumping high-five simultaneously.

Some 864 men and women from transport, engineering and technology roles took part in the record at Horse Guards Parade. The existing record stood at 150 pairs and was beaten by achieving a massive 432 pairs! The attempt was held to focus attention on the great opportunities available to women working in engineering and technology, at a time when it has never been more important to address the skills shortage. We have produced a film which focuses specifically on showcasing the fantastic opportunities on offer to those considering a career in engineering.

20 May 2015

Event: Industry debate: Should transport policy be tailored to women?

The Department for Transport (DfT) hosted a thought-provoking debate chaired by Clare Moriarty, Permanent Secretary at Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and then Director General Rail Executive, DfT. The panel included:

  • Loraine Martins MBE, Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Network Rail
  • Steven Bishop, Deputy Head of UK Planning at Steer Davies Gleave
  • Emma Ranger, transport planner at Arup and Lilli Matson, transport planner at TfL
  • Lilli Matson, Head of Strategy and Outcome Planning

After debating whether transport policy should be tailored to women, the audience voted for a third option: transport policy should be tailored to all.

27 May 2015

Event: Speed Mentoring

Sponsored by AECOM and the Academy of Urbanism

Our programme's first ever speed mentoring event featured 34 mentors from across the transport industry. The event provided participants with the rare opportunity to have four sessions with some of the most successful senior leaders of our industry. We were delighted to hear that a number of long-term mentoring relationships were established as a result of the event.

28 May 2015

Event: Bring your daughter to work day

Our 'Bring your daughter to work day' for 11-18 year old girls was a great opportunity for parents to provide their daughters with a valuable insight into the transport industry and inspire them to consider a career in transport. The day included a drop-in careers fair, which gave the girls a chance to find out more about routes in to work and the diverse range of careers available.

This event takes place annually. Why not set up a dedicated day next May within your organisation and help inspire the next generation?

14 April 2015

Event: Workshop: The truth about networking
Sponsored by K&L Gates

An evening run in collaboration with Future of London's Future London Leaders programme. A series of short talks explored the 'fear and loathing' tied to networking, and audience members were advised how to make and maintain meaningful connections. Combatting conference nerves and getting noticed in big organisations was also discussed. Workshop speakers included:

  • Lisa Taylor - Director, Future of London
  • Inga Hall - Senior Associate, Construction & Engineering, K&L Gates
  • Michèle Dix - Managing Director, Crossrail 2
  • Liane Hartley, Director, Mend (and founder of Urbanistas UK)
  • Valerie Todd, Crossrail Talent & Resources Director
  • Alexandra Notay - Interim Chief Executive, Urban Land Institute UK

12 March 2015

Event: Gala evening: Gender equality -Not just a women's issue
Location: New London Architecture

To celebrate International Women's Day, Transport for London's (TfL) Women's Staff Network Group and 100 Years of Women in Transport hosted a gala celebration at New London Architecture.

Lucy Adams, Managing Director at Firehouse Productions Ltd, and Vernon Everitt, Managing Director of Customer Experience, Marketing and Communications at TfL, highlighted how balance within teams can improve teams. Different perspectives within teams also contribute to better decisions making and enables us to help reflect the diverse communities we serve.

19 March 2015

Event: Industry debate: We do not need to be labelled feminists to bring about change
Hosted by University College London

A lively debate chaired by David McNeill, Director of Public Affairs and Stakeholder Engagement at Transport for London.

Mark Hansford, Editor of New Civil Engineer, and Michèle Dix CBE, Managing Director of Crossrail 2, debated the effectiveness of the term 'feminist' in bringing about change.

After debating the topic, the audience voted in favour of Michèle's view: women do not need to label themselves as feminists to bring about change.

Tanni is a 16-time Paralympics medallist, six time winner of the London Wheelchair Marathon, and holder of 30 world records.

12 February 2015

Event: Insight session: Tomorrow's World - Future Cities and Transport

The Women's Transportation Society (WTS) London Winter reception, hosted by KPMG, saw a distinguished panel of guest speakers sharing views. These covered the transportation challenges faced by fast growing cities, proposed possible solutions and what is likely to change in the future. Speakers included: Michèle Dix CBE. Managing Director of Crossrail 2, Caroline Haynes. Director of KPMG's Cities Unit, and Camilla Ween. WTS London President and Director of Goldstein Ween Architects.

15 December

Event: Insight Session: An evening with Tanni Grey-Thompson
Lociation: 55 Broadway

Sponsored by Cubic

This focused on Tanni Grey-Thompson OBE and her experience as an athlete, her role as a TfL Board member, and crossbench peer in the House of Lords.

November 2014

Tuesday 11 November

Event: Launch
Location: City Hall

Sponsored by Thales and Novacroft

More than 200 people from the transport industry celebrated the launch of the 100 Years of Women in Transport campaign. Representatives from 50 organisations gathered to recognise women's contribution to the transport industry, past and present.

The event also aimed to tackle the ongoing problem of diversity in the industry. People from across the industry joined high-profile business/industry speakers, like Baroness Jo Valentine (Chief Executive of London First),  Michèle Dix (Managing Director of Crossrail 2), and Mark Carne (Chief Executive of Network Rail), to discuss the topic. While everyone agreed that the industry had made progress, it was also recognised that there was still much work to be done.

There was also an opportunity for attendees to question a panel of senior industry representatives which included:

  • Mike Brown - Commissioner of Transport for London (Managing Director of London Underground and London Rail at the time)
  • Andrew Wolstenholme - Chief Executive at Crossrail
  • Clare Moriarty - Permanent Secretary at Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Director General Rail Executive at the Department for Transport at the time)
  • Valerie Shawcross - member of the Greater London Authority (GLA)

The campaign's launch on Remembrance Day also served to remind us of the significance of WW1 as a   catalyst for women's entry to the industry.

24 November

Event: Insight session: Leadership and progression, with Lieutenant-Colonel Suzi Donoghue
Location: Eversheds

An evening with Lieutenant- Colonel Suzi Donoghue, Commanding Officer within the Royal Logistic Corps of the British Army, focused on leadership in a male-dominated environment and the challenges of balancing a career and family.

At 16, Suzi signed up for the British Army aged 16 after winning an Army, sixth form scholarship. She then secured a British Army bursary to study mechanical engineering at University and has moved up through the ranks of the Army since then. As part of the Royal Logistic Corps, she is responsible for transporting people, equipment and supplies. She has been on various tours of Afghanistan, Iraq, Northern Ireland and Bosnia. Suzi currently commands 650 soldiers in the UK, balancing her work with raising her family.

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