The Rail and Road Pod Episode 12: Women in transport and challenging gender bias

11 March 2022
The topic of conversation this month ties in with International Women's Day on 8 March, the day which celebrates women's achievement and raises awareness against gender bias.
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Our topic for discussion is women in transport, specifically how both the rail and road industries are changing to improve their culture to be more inclusive, flexible, and open and encourage more women into roles within the industry.

Hosted by Sneha Patel, Deputy Director of Highways at the Office of Rail and Road. We're joined by four guests: Annette Pass, Head of Innovation at National Highways; Christine Fernandes, Chair of Women in Rail; Erika Diaz, Talent Consultant at Network Rail; and Joanne Crompton a  steam locomotive fireman at the East Lancashire Railway, Bury, and also at Llangollen Railway in North Wales.

We hear them talk about experiences, the challenges women face and how to create a more inclusive industry and why women should be encouraged to enter into the transport sector.

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