CPMS join The Women in Rail mentoring programme

11 March 2020

We are very much looking forward to being involved in a cross industry initiative which provides a support platform for women and men in UK rail. We are very proud to be sponsoring three pro-bono mentees for the 2020 programme. 

We recently caught up with Alex Phillips, a mentor in the programme and Zoe Bibby a mentee of the programme. 

What is your role at CPMS? 

Alex Phillips - Head of HR.

How long have you worked at CPMS and what is involved in your role? 

I have worked at CPMS for two years. My role includes supporting staff and shaping the people strategy for CPMS, whilst also providing training and development and upskilling, which includes organising four training days for our future leaders. Along with this I also implement new policies, undertake policy revision, recruitment and a point of contact for all employees. 

What do you most enjoy about your role at CPMS?

The people, the team, ability to be involved in the shaping the future of CPMS from a people perspective.

What made you decide to take part in the mentoring programme? 

I really enjoy mentoring and having a confidential and open discussion, sharing views, learning and hopefully being a support for the mentee to openly share and address their key concerns.

What is your role at CPMS?

Zoe Bibby - Project Manager

How long have you worked at CPMS and what is involved in your role?

I have worked at CPMS for 5 years and I am working on the Intelligent Infrastructure (II) Programme within the Electrification & Plant (E&P) Workstream for Network Rail. II is a transformation programme with the aim of enabling the railway to move to a predict and prevent regime through the use of data and emerging technologies, rather than reactive maintenance, when it is often too late, and assets have already failed.

Part of my job is to provide new data sources for E&P which involves installing pantograph monitoring equipment on trains that will be used to provide insightful data on the condition of Overhead Line Equipment (OLE). Clever analytics will be applied that will allow the prediction of asset failure; saving time, cost and effort. Ultimately, maintenance teams will be able to re-focus their efforts where it is most needed and asset managers will be able to understand life cycle costs of assets using informative asset condition data.

What do you most enjoy about your role at CPMS?

The thing I love most about working for CPMS is the experience I have gained. From starting out in a Principal Contractor team with a heightened focus on safety on a large-scale project, to managing bridge replacements from development to handback, to a data-driven construction project, a niche I never thought I would find myself in.

CPMS has provided me with an array of opportunities that continue to pique my interest; project after project.

What made you decide to take part in the mentoring programme?

As part of my personal and professional development, CPMS recommended that I pair with a Mentor, something that I hadn't considered to date but now appreciate how valuable this can be. After one meeting with my inspirational and supportive Mentor, I have already began changing my mindset on what I want to achieve in my career.

I am excited to be a part of the Women in Rail mentoring programme and look forward to the challenges and development this new partnership brings.

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