Emma Nicholson

I currently work for a rail SME consultancy as a Development Project Manager and have recently worked on a major rail project in the north of England.

I am also the Founder of two LinkedIn Groups that support women in the rail and infrastructure, construction and property industries; Women in Sustainable Rail and Women in Sustainable Construction & Property. I have organised number events on topics of sustainability, healthy buildings, leadership, and diversity and inclusion with both LinkedIn Groups. Women in Sustainable Construction LinkedIn group has developed to over 1300 members since I formed it in 2011 and I founded Women in Sustainable Rail in 2020, which has been greeted with much enthusiasm and a growing following. I have 22 years experience of providing project management services to consultancies and have worked in the built environment, moving to the rail sector in 2019. I’m also a STEM representative with a STEM hub in York, and have undertaken numerous voluntary roles for the last 10 years to support schools. I’m a Board Trustee for the Women’s Engineering Society and I’m supporting them with embedding diversity and inclusion within WES as Chair of their Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Specialist Interest Committee. I’m also a key member of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Panel for the CIOB, and have produced blogs for the CIOB to support leadership i.e. my Board experience. I’m passionate about equality, diversity and inclusion matters and agreed to participate in a CIOB panel webinar for International Women’s Day on 8th March 2021 to discuss the imposter syndrome, discussion breaking down barriers in the industry.