Past President 2017-2018
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Carolyn Griffiths has been an influential figure within the rail Industry. Her career began on the shop floor following her graduate training scheme with British Railways. She has worked in various types of organisations and roles within the UK and overseas, including operations, manufacturing, consultancy and regulatory work connected with industry's privatisation. More importantly, Carolyn has been involved in the establishment of new organisations and railways within the UK and overseas.
She has lived and worked in the UK, Singapore, Sweden and Germany.
Carolyn worked as a Senior Vice President of an international manufacturing organisation. She departed this position and went on to found and lead the UK's Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) reporting directly to the Secretary of State for Transport. At the point she left, RAIB was considered a world leading organisation in its field and ranked as one of the top performing organisations in terms of team work and motivation across the Civil Service. Under her management, the RAIB conducted over 250 full investigations; 95% of the recommendations arising from those were accepted and implemented, creating real positive change in the industry.
Carolyn has supported the Institution throughout her career. She has been a member and Chairman of the Railway Division Board, Member of Council, Deputy Chairman of the Technical Strategy Board, Chairman of the International Board and a Trustee. She established the Institution's successful railway training scheme as well as the International Rail Accident Investigation Conference.
Carolyn is a Non-Executive Director of Irish Rail and spends significant time working voluntarily with the Engineering Council and the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Carolyn was formerly a Governor of Imperial College London.
Carolyn has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Cranfield University for her professional work and achievements within the rail industry.
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