Kerri-Anne Scott, a TransPennine Express (TPE) conductor based in Preston has had their story celebrated as part of TPE’s first ‘Week of Inclusion’.-2

Preston conductor celebrated during TPE Week of Inclusion

A TransPennine Express (TPE) conductor based in Preston has had their story celebrated as part of TPE’s first ‘Week of Inclusion’.

Kerri-Anne Scott detailed her inspiring story in a video as part of TPE’s ‘Week of Inclusion’ which has seen the train company celebrate diversity and embrace the individuality of its employees and customers.

Kerri-Anne, recently returned to work after celebrating the arrival of her son but struggled to understand how she would juggle both work and raising her recently born son.

Kerri-Anne said: “As most mums know, having a baby is very time consuming. The thought of returning to work was very daunting, but that’s where TPE stepped in to help.

“When I approached people at TPE they were very understanding of the situation and we worked together to come up with a plan that suited me, my partner and my baby boy. Now I can come in and do the job I love, but also have the quality time I want to spend with my family. It’s a great work life balance and I’m thankful that TPE was so supportive.”

Harriet Harbidge, Diversity and Inclusion Manager at TPE, said: “We’re so excited to celebrate our first ever ‘TPE Week of Inclusion’ and highlight some of the incredible colleagues we have, such as Kerri-Anne, who make a real difference to TPE.

Catering for family life is just one part of how TPE is looking to attract and retain a more diverse workforce.

TPE is supportive of all colleagues, their families, health and wellbeing, and ensures they work together closely to give each person the right work/life balance.

Kerri-Anne’s story comes hot on the heels of the unveiling of TPE’s Nova 1 ‘Unity’ train, featuring the most up to date Pride Progress Flag, which is now set to travel throughout the North and into Scotland, becoming a beacon of hope for the millions of diverse communities TPE serves.

Harriet added: “Launching the ‘Unity Train’ was a perfect way to kickstart the week. Speaking to our LGBTQ+ network group we know how important it is to our colleagues and the communities we serve, that this train is now in service.”

To mark the week, TPE also announced a partnership with The Proud Trust, an LGBT+ youth charity empowering young people to be proud of who they are.

Lisa Harvey Nebil, CEO of The Proud Trust, said: “Seeing the ‘Unity Train’ in all its glory fills myself and our team with huge pride and we can’t wait for the LGBT+ community to see the train as it travels throughout the North.

“We’ve already received fantastic support from TPE and we’re looking forward to doing more inspiring work together.”

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To download a video of Kerri-Anne detailing her story, click here: TransPennine Express - Kerri-Anne’s story on Vimeo