Our six employee networks offer support, guidance and new opportunities

Employee networks contribute to a more open, inclusive and diverse organisation. They help us to understand our differences and similarities and improve communication around the business. They also provide support to individuals and teams, and offer fresh opportunities to be involved as part of Network Rail.

Members often encourage new people to join, and develop their own individual skills, and we know that the more employees are engaged, the better we are at safety and the better we perform.

Our six employee networks

Archway helps individuals and the company on Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender issues. It gives people the chance to influence policy making across Network Rail and the opportunity to meet colleagues in a more social atmosphere through events and talks around the country. Find out more about our Pride in our people: our LGBT community.

Current chair – Babak Erfani, commercial scheme sponsor

Executive sponsor – Suzanne Wise, group general counsel and company secretary

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CanDo provides support and guidance to colleagues with disabilities, whether physical or mental, visible or non-visible.

CanDo vision – Inspiring disability confidence within Network Rail by promoting an inclusive environment that challenges disability stereotypes.

Current co-chairs – Katie Caswell, project management office, and TBC

Executive sponsor – Jo Kaye, managing director System Operator.

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Read article to find out more about the CanDo network

Recognising the benefits that a diverse workforce can bring, Cultural Fusion wants this to be reflected at all levels within the organisation.

Our work covers three main themes: encouraging our members to aspire to be the best they can be, promoting and embracing the value of cultural differences and influencing change so we represent the diversity of customers we serve.”

Cindy Wedderburn, Cultural Fusion

Current chairs – Sharon Salmon and Marcia Johnson

Executive sponsors – Anit Chandarana and Francis Paonessa,

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The Inspire employee network supports women in all business areas of Network Rail to fulfil their potential.

I am passionate about improving the opportunities and working conditions for women and establishing environments that encourage a sense of safety and wellbeing. I’m proud to be a Network Rail employee and I want to support the organisation to become an employer of choice for both women and men.

Anthea Hague, chair, Inspire

Current chair – Anthea Hague, consents manager

Executive sponsor – Susan Cooklin, managing director, Route Services

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Everyone’s spiritual, religious and philosophical diversity is valued within the Multi-faith Forum.

We recognise the variety of faith practices within the organisation and across the UK as a whole. We want you to have the support you need to bring your whole self to work and we want to make sure that the company values this.

Nasir Khan, chair, Multi-faith Forum

Current chair – Nasir Khan

Executive sponsor – Jeremy Westlake

Contact – multifaith@networkrail.co.uk

Myriad is the network for employees who have caring responsibilities. We want to help make Network Rail a great place to work; a business that really supports carers, values their work and promotes an understanding culture that helps everyone. The network is a place where members can share experiences and assist each other in navigating their way around Network Rail policies and external support mechanisms.

Current chairs – Jackie Robb and Ruth Thomas

Executive sponsor – Graham Hopkins

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If you’re interested in finding out more about our employee networks please email the D&I team.