Re­flec­tions from last year’s chair­man: Sab­rina Ihad­daden

Rail (UK) - - Feature Interview -

“I am now cel­e­brat­ing my fourth year in the rail in­dus­try, and I have loved my ex­pe­ri­ence so far. I work as a Sig­nalling Project En­gi­neer for Bom­bardier Trans­porta­tion (in Derby), on all the rolling stock projects based on the Aven­tra plat­form.

“I started my YRP jour­ney just a few months af­ter join­ing Bom­bardier, as the chair­man of its first re­gional com­mit­tee in the East Mid­lands, where I es­tab­lished a com­mu­nity in a re­gion that is a world leader in rail tech­nolo­gies.

“The year af­ter, I was elected as Na­tional Vice-Chair­man of YRP. In early 2016, I was elected as the Na­tional Chair­man of YRP. I be­came the first wo­man to lead YRP na­tion­ally, and also lead­ing a per­fectly gen­der-bal­anced ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee!

“I chose to fo­cus the year while I was chair­man on en­sur­ing the foun­da­tions of the or­gan­i­sa­tion were strong enough to cope with our am­bi­tions, while pro­vid­ing qual­ity de­vel­op­ment events to our mem­bers, and reach­ing out to more and more stu­dents to in­spire them to join our ex­cit­ing in­dus­try.

“We de­liv­ered the first Lead­er­ship Con­fer­ence for our com­mit­tee mem­bers, pro­vided CPD-ac­cred­ited de­vel­op­ment events, launched our new Am­bas­sador pro­gramme ‘Into Rail’, and de­liv­ered the first Rail Week.

“What I en­joyed the most as part of my role was to cre­ate a real team spirit among the YRP com­mit­tee mem­bers - all vol­un­teers, work­ing in var­i­ous func­tions and com­pa­nies within the in­dus­try. Un­der­stand­ing that we can count on each other, trust and help each other in de­liv­er­ing YRP’s mis­sion, while hav­ing fun, re­ally is em­pow­er­ing. I feel a great sense of achieve­ment when I see peo­ple I have en­cour­aged to join YRP tak­ing on lead­er­ship po­si­tions within the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

“I have now handed my role as chair­man to Paul Case, whom I fully trust will take the or­gan­i­sa­tion to the next level! I am now part of the YRP Ad­vi­sory Board, which gath­ers all the former chairs and founders of YRP to pro­vide sup­port to the cur­rent chair­man and a fo­rum to share ex­pe­ri­ences, best prac­tices and lessons learned.”

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