The YRP judges for 2020 are:

Following the success of the Young Rail Professionals joining the NRA judging panel in 2017/18, we are delighted to continue this programme for 2020.

For the 2020 judging season, the National Rail Awards will welcome three new YRP members to join the judging panel. We are in the process of holding a competition to appoint our newest members, who will contribute with the current three YRPs to the whole judging process.

As a consequence, they have also widened their network within the industry and gained valuable experience to help them in their careers in rail. We saw three of the original five step down in 2019 after completing their three years on the panel, Fjolle Bunjaku, Zak Shayler and Georgia Ehrmann.



Paul Case

Paul Case, BA (Hon), MA, MSc. Paul is a Project Management specialist for CPC Project Services LLP, currently working as a Senior Testing and Commissioning Coordinator for Cross rail’s Stations, Shafts and Portals (SSP) Programme. Prior this this, Paul completed the Transport for London Project Management Graduate. Paul has also been a key force in the development and evolution of Young Rail Professionals (YRP) over the past five years, having served as National Chair of the organisation between 2017/18.

Paul is passionate about promoting careers in rail and advancing the development needs of young professionals within the industry. Paul is also co-founder of Young Rail Tours (YRT), a collaborative programme between YRP and the Institutions of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), Engineering and Technology (IET) and Railway Signal Engineers (IRSE) to deliver Domestic, European and International study tours that are accessible, affordable and relevant to the needs of young professionals. 



Katherine Howatson
Katherine joined the Transport for London (TfL) graduate scheme in 2015 following a degree in Geography at the University of Sheffield. Since then she has worked across TfL and undertaken a secondment with a transport research agency.



Rita Williams

Rita is a Project Manager at TfL working in signalling and construction on the Four Lines Modernisation Programme. Having graduated with a 1st Class Honours in BSc Politics and International Relations, Rita started her career in rail 5 years ago. She excelled in managing a variety of influential projects including; commercial developments, depot area refurbishment, critical bridge refurb and track works, the Tour De France, Prudential Ride London and award-winning projects, to bring cooling and improved ventilation to the network. During her time on the graduate scheme she was seconded to Hong Kong MTR,  engaging in knowledge exchange to assist the UK rail industry.

She is an active mentor and member of Staff Network Groups, coaching and engaging other young people in rail. Rita recently graduated with a Distinction in MSc Project Management; she has just been published and is making an impact in railway, by implementing innovations that bring meaningful sustainable change to the industry.