Head of Strategy Claire Porter from Thales UK’s transportation systems business is about to be made President of the Institution of Railway Signal Engineers (IRSE), one of the highest honours in the railway industry.
When Claire receives the honour on 15 April, taking over from Paul Jenkins at the institution’s annual meeting in London, she will be the first female to hold the post in the institution’s 99-year history.
The IRSE is the professional body for those involved with railway signalling and tele communi cations. It aims to improve engineering in signalling and control systems by sharing knowledge around the world with those in the industry.
Claire brings years of transport experience and a wide breadth of knowledge to her new position. In her current role she is in charge of developing strategic business plans for Thales transport business in the UK, as well as outlining the strategy for developing products and putting forward sound arguments why investment in the industry is vital.
“It is a great honour to be asked to become President of the IRSE,” she says. “I’m partic ularly pleased to be the first female president in this role, after 99 years. Our plans for the forthcoming year are now taking shape and we have a very good technical programme planned.”