Network Rail Consulting’s Infrastructure Maintenance Expert Emma Whitehead Announced as Young Rail Professional Award Finalist

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Network Rail Consulting (NRC) is delighted to announce that Emma Whitehead, Managing Consultant, Infrastructure Maintenance Expert, has been announced as one of the finalists for this year’s Young Rail Professional Award. The award is sponsored by the Railway Technical Society of Australasia (RTSA) and presented annually at the Australasian Rail Industry Awards.

The Australasian Rail Industry Awards is a platform for individual and company achievements in the rail industry to be recognised and celebrated. Proceeds from the awards go towards the TrackSAFE Foundation, a registered Harm Prevention Charity.

Emma joined NRC Australia in 2019 from Network Rail, UK, and has over eight years’ experience in the rail industry, having worked in operations management, project management, and maintenance planning. Emma has worked with various teams across the UK and Australia on high profile projects such as the Thameslink Programme and the London Overground Capacity Improvement Programme; currently she is working on Sydney’s Digital Systems Program for Transport for New South Wales.

Emma Whitehead commented, “Since joining the railway in 2012 I have been repeatedly galvanised by the industry’s propensity for change. The capacity for the railway to be a force for social improvement is as potent now as it was in the 1800s; it’s not just about the infrastructure we deliver and maintain but the prospects we offer to people from all walks of life to come together and achieve great things. Many young people have little idea of how vast the opportunities are within rail; as an industry we need to keep challenging ourselves on equity and inclusion issues to attract their attention.”

Mark Pettigrew, Regional Director for NRC Australia commented, “One of the things that I love about our staff is when they go above and beyond, always looking for ways to contribute more to the business, our brand and their own development. Emma is a fine example of this. Regardless of the result on awards night, Emma is every bit a winner in my book and I am grateful for her contribution to make this a better business. All the very best Emma and thanks for doing what you do so brilliantly.”

This year’s Australasian Rail Industry Awards will take place online on Thursday 15th October 16:00-17:30 AEST and is free to attend. Click here for more information and join us in celebrating the very best of the rail industry across Australasia.