Patricia Holgate wins Recruiter / HR Person of the Year

Patricia Holgate

Patricia Holgate has won this year’s Recruiter and HR Person of the Year award. The prize was presented by Pete Waterman and Asif Ahmed of which sponsored the award.

Says Tom O’Connor, Rail Media Group, which organises the awards, ‘Congratulations to Patricia Holgate who is doing a superb job of recruiting new people to this industry. With London Underground, we in Britain are involved in Europe’s fastest growing railway. London Underground takes on double significance in the lead up to the Olympic Games. People like Patricia are essential to the continuing expansion of our industry and the well being of all staff.’

Patricia is Head of Resourcing at London Underground (TFL) and is described by colleagues as a world class industry leader in rail recruitment. From train drivers to board directors, Patricia seeks to understand the real business needs and industry requirements.  She challenges entrenched views and saves money by strategically redeploying resources around the business. Patricia and her team have been instrumental in saving the business £11m this year by being innovative and a further £2m with better and more effective relationships and use of suppliers of agency workers.

London Underground is part of Transport for London – created in 2000 as the integrated body responsible for London’s busy transport system. London Underground carries more than one billion passengers a year, as many as the entire National Rail network. With around three and a half million journeys made each day, on 11 lines serving 270 stations, it now runs more services than ever before on the 140-year-old network. is the leading resource for on line rail recruitment, with more than 120,000 candidates registered, and achieving over 140,000 hits a day on the site. That’s around 80,000 – 85,000 unique users per month.

The RailStaff Awards, now in its fourth year, celebrates the courage and heroism of the thousands of working people who make up Britain’s fast expanding rail industry. The RailStaff Awards is organised by the Rail Media Group, publishers of RailStaff, the leading industry newspaper specialising in good news stories about the railways and the people who work on them. RMG also publishes the rail engineer magazine taking an in-depth look at railway engineering developments. The next RailStaff Awards will be on 8th October 2011 at the International Convention Centre, Birmingham.

Over 500 railway staff and their families attended the RailStaff Awards at the International Convention Centre, Birmingham. Pete Waterman hosted the evening which opened with brief speeches of welcome by Edward Welsh, director of corporate affairs at the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC), and Iain Coucher chief executive of Network Rail. ATOC and Network Rail are Associate Sponsors of the RailStaff Awards. After dinner comedian Alun Cochrane delighted the proceedings. Then, after the actual awards, railway staff danced the night away to live band, Fully FunKtional. ‘It was a great night out, a family get together and a celebration as well as a brilliant party,’ says Gemma King, organiser of the evening and manager of the RailStaff Awards.

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