Jamie-Leigh Clayton Named Young Rail Professional of the Year

Posted by Barry Pearson on May 22, 2014  |   Comments Off on Jamie-Leigh Clayton Named Young Rail Professional of the Year

At a recent awards ceremony in London, Jamie-Leigh Clayton, a Design Engineer with Siemens Rail Automation, was presented with the prestigious Young Railway Professional of the Year Award. This is the second year of the award, which was conceived by the Young Railway Professionals (YRP) network to recognise the achievements of young people who have demonstrated an outstanding contribution and commitment to the rail industry.

In making the presentation to Jamie-Leigh, YRP Chairman Adam Stead said: “We had an exceptionally high standard of nominations this year, which is a great reflection on the breadth and depth of young talent that exists in our industry. We felt that both in her day-job and in her commitments outside work, Jamie-Leigh demonstrated a real passion and enthusiasm for the rail sector, which combined with her obvious engineering talent made her the outstanding candidate”.

Jamie-Leigh joined Siemens in 2007 and completed an Advanced Modern Apprenticeship in Railway Design Engineering, after which she became an Assistant Signalling Designer Engineer. Following a short period away from the company, she returned to join Siemens’ newly-established Manchester office in the role of Design Engineer. During her career, Jamie-Leigh has worked on a variety of UK and overseas rail projects, including the Victoria Line Upgrade Project, Singapore Downtown Line, Oslo T-Bane and most recently the new fourth platform for Manchester airport and Phase 2c of the North West Electrification Programme at Manchester’s Victoria Station.

As well as Jamie-Leigh’s impressive career credentials, her work outside Siemens also contributed to her being presented with this award. In particular, her work as a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Ambassador, which enables her to share her enthusiasm for these subjects with school pupils and to give them an insight into the types of career opportunities that are open to them.

Speaking after the ceremony, Jamie-Leigh said: “I was delighted just to have been short-listed for this award, but to have been selected to win it is a real honour. I’ve received great help and support from friends at colleagues at Siemens over the last seven years and am now really excited to be part of the company’s newly-formed Manchester team. I’ve worked on some really prestigious projects already in my career and am now looking forward to being involved in some of the major infrastructure works that are planned across the North West”.