Train company director Ruth lands top award

Torbay Weekly

Great Western Railway’s HR director has won a top award.

Ruth Busby was named HR Director of the Year at the Personnel Today Awards.

Ruth was praised by judges for the way in which the South Devon rail operator’s Human Resources department helped lead colleagues through the Covid-19 pandemic.

She was chosen from a shortlist of seven and received her prize from Personnel Today Editorial Director Rob Moss and comedian Russell Kane during a glittering awards ceremony at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel in a ceremony held before Christmas.

The judges’ summary said: "“Ruth joined GWR in 2018. Within a year, the pandemic hit and the rail operator faced a workforce fearful of the future of railways. Ruth ensured that HR truly partnered with the business.

“GWR increased communications and senior leader visibility, providing regular guidance to line managers, and engaging with trade unions to make sure colleagues felt listened to. Our judges were impressed with the agile and responsive use of communications, and the fact that GWR did not furlough any staff.”

Ruth said: "It was incredibly humbling that my fabulous team took the time to nominate me for HR Director of the Year. It is even more incredible to have won the award.

“None of this would have happened without such a fantastic team who are passionate, creative, innovative and, most of all, supportive. I’m incredibly proud to work with them and all my colleagues at GWR.”

GWR Managing Director Mark Hopwood said the award was richly deserved: "“This is a fantastic achievement. Railway people winning national awards against competition from other sectors is great. During her three-plus years with the business Ruth has absorbed everything about the railway and then helped the railway do better while inspiring her team.”