The YRP judges for 2023 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 2023.
All six current YRPs 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.
Michael is an Electrical Engineer and a Team Leader at Atkins, member of the SNC-Lavalin Group. Since graduating from Imperial College London with MEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Michael has been working on a range of projects over a number of railway systems disciplines, including traction modelling, Electrical Traction Equipment (ETE), Earthing & Bonding and Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC). Michael has been working on Earthing & Bonding and EMC Safety Justifications for the Crossrail Project over the past couple of years, part of the suite of documentation to get the project onto Trial Running stage. He is an Associate of the City and Guilds of London Institute and currently pursuing chartership accreditation with the IET. Michael is a passionate volunteer as a STEM Ambassador, and also with Team London, the Postal Museum and the London Transport Museum.
Laura has worked at Network Rail for just over four years, starting her career as a graduate in maintenance. This role involved working with many different areas of the business to understand how the railway is maintained and operated. It also focused on all the functions that support and help run the railway. Her previous role was in operations on North & East route, looking after the relationships with TOC and FOC colleagues. This ranged from day-to-day incident management and recovery of the railway during disruption. It also focused on improving joint performance plans and identifed areas to provide a better service to customers. Laura currently works within Capital Delivery Eastern. As Programme Manager within transformation Laura develops and leads the implementation of change programmes to improve business performance and passenger experience.