Jackie Chappell

Jackie ChappellThe first woman CEO of British Rail, Ambassador for Women in Business and National Charity Sue Ryder. Jackie has smashed the glass ceiling, worked with prime ministers, cabinet members and union bosses.

When Jackie Chappell went to her first board meeting within British Rail they thought she was the minute taker; they were wrong she was the NEW CEO! Be inspired by her fantastic journey of smashing the ceiling of one Britain’s hardest industries.

2018 is being called the celebration year for Women as we mark the 100yr anniversary of Women suffrage and them getting the vote. In celebration, we are pleased to announce that we will be having Jackie Chappell the 1st Woman CEO of British Rail as one of our keynote speakers.

Jackie Chappell can tell it like it is a woman in business today. She has been at the coalface of British industry, worked her way to the top in a corporate environment, and (most recently) set up her own business which is now also a massive success.Jackie has fought passionately for gender equality, equal pay and equal representation at the board level. Having worked with previous prime ministers, cabinet members and trade union bosses Jackie Chappell provides a unique “voice” for women in business on some of the industry stories hitting the headlines, as well as offering expert advice and expertise on how to get ahead in business today.

Jackie’s Story: As a woman, if you were to think of a dynamic, creative and rapidly growing industry that could take you places (excuse the pun) – the rail industry probably isn’t the first, second, or even third industry that would spring to mind. The UK makes more than a billion passenger railway journeys each year – but despite that, it’s an industry that few of us know much about.

It’s also an industry we begin to form preconceptions about from an early age. Some of the nation’s most treasured books, such as Thomas the Tank Engine depict our railways controlled by a stoic male – the Fat Controller. Although the rail industry has rapidly changed since then – those male-dominated images remain with us.

In this male-dominated sector, Jackie Chappell had a successful career in the rail industry where she rose from being a part-time employee selling tickets to become the first woman Chief Executive of British Rail, making her the first ever women CEO in the British Rail Industry.

Through Jackie’s influence, the first female train drivers in the 80’s were introduced however this resulted in men refusing to get on trains when a woman was at the helm. Even today the rail sector is still working hard to change its image.

We invited to be inspired and motivated by Jackie Chappell and the amazing stories of her fight for equality, smashing the glass ceiling and changing perceptions within British Industry to help women put their best foot forward in their careers.