Following the success of the Young Rail Professionals joining the NRA judging panel in 2017/18, we are delighted to continue this programme for 2021.
For the 2021 judging season, the YRP judging panel remains unchanged from 2020, apart from the departure of Katherine Howatson. All five current judges will be involved in the judging process.
As a consequence, the YRPs have 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, 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 Crossrail’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), 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.
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.
Adam attained a 1st class BEng (Honours) degree at Nottingham Trent University before beginning his career in York. His current role is a Civil/Structural Engineer at COWI Bridges , Tunnel and Marine (BTM) currently working on the Scotland and London North Eastern CP6 structures framework. Adam has a strong background in bridges and tunnel design and maintenance with over 5 years' in the rail sector. Strengthening transport links in the north of England has become a stronger focus in recent years. Adam has worked as a design manager for a multi-disciplinary team on Transpennine Route Upgrades.
The majority of his experience is rail based however he has been involved with notable engineering schemes such as the Humber Bridge Catenary Cable Inspection and Thames Tideway Tunnels.
Rebecca is a Scheme Project Manager (SPM) at Network Rail, working for LNE&EM Works Delivery Civils team. She is managing the in-year delivery items for culverts, scour and soot cleaning projects across the Eastern Region. Previous to this Rebecca was an SPM for the Central Rail Systems Alliance having completed the Network Rail Project Management graduate scheme. Whilst on the scheme Rebecca successfully obtained a multitude of Project Management Qualifications and has worked in a variety of multidisciplinary Capital Delivery projects. Notable projects Rebecca has worked on include the Werrington Grade Separation, Kings Cross Remodelling and Cross Rail 2.