Ruth Busby with her OBE

Big date at Buckingham Palace for Great Western Railway and Network Rail director

Inspirational Great Western Railway and Network Rail director Ruth Busby was at Buckingham Palace on Friday to receive her OBE from the Princess Royal.

Ruth, People and Transformation Director (Regional) for GWR and Network Rail Wales and Western, was recognised in the New Year Honours ‘for services to diversity in the rail industry’.

Her award recognises not only her work within GWR and Network Rail, but also the numerous other organisations she represents to champion Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in the rail industry.

Ruth said:

“I still feel so humbled that people took the time to nominate me and the memories from Friday’s ceremony will last a lifetime.”

Ruth joined GWR in 2018 and, after helping to lead colleagues through the Covid-19 pandemic, was named HR Director of the Year at the 2021 Personnel Today Awards.

Last year she began a joint strategic role with responsibility for the HR and Internal Communications teams in both GWR and Network Rail’s Wales and Western Region.

Over the past few years, she has also worked with the Department for Transport, the Samaritans, and Mental Health at Work, to lead a research study on mental health and wellbeing across the rail industry.

As a non-executive director of the Youth Futures Foundation, Ruth also works to improve employment outcomes for young people from marginalised backgrounds and is currently chair of its People and Culture Committee and Employer Advisory Board.

Photo credit: GWR

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