Equaliteas in the workplace

Bondholder University of Derby recently supported Pauline Latham OBE, MP for Mid-Derbyshire as she hosted an 'Equaliteas' event to remember and celebrate how women's rights have changed in the 100 years since voting rights were extended to women for the first time.  

Following a welcome of tea and cake guests were inspired by talks from female speakers including Judith Lamie, Pro Vice-Chancellor of External Affairs for Bondholder University of Derby, Anna Ince, Chief Executive Officer for Bondholder and rail technology company Resonate, Georgia Vicars who is Project and Account Manager at Bondholder Fluid Ideas as well as Jasvinder Sanghera CBE, an award-winning human rights campaigner and Jacci Woodcock who spoke about her Dying to work campaign.

Within her empowering speech Judith Lamie said "Education is a powerful tool that will enable us to overcome inequality and we must keep on ensuring fair and full opportunity for all to access education so that we realise a place of working and living in an equal society."

Georgia Vicars who talked about the need for more women in technology based roles said "I was really honoured to be asked by Pauline Latham OBE MP to talk at her Pankhurst and Equaliteas Tea Party. It was an incredibly tough act to follow, following Judith, Jasvinder, Anna and Jacqui, all sharing such inspiring stories. Everybody who attended left the event feeling extremely empowered, myself included!"

Following the event a wreath was laid in the Derby City Council's Council House to mark in memory of Emmeline Pankhurst, a British political activist and leader of the British suffragette movement which helped women win the right to vote.  The wreath was also to remember Alice Wheeldon, Derby's own suffragist who was recently honoured in the Made in Derby walk of fame.

Resonate Boosts Great Western

Bondholder Resonate has been involved in the new Traffic Management system on the Great Western Railway, which will boost performance on train journeys between London Paddington and Bristol Parkway. 

The Luminate Traffic Management System could see reactionary delays reduced by up to 15%.

The project to deploy the system has already commenced and once finished in June 2018, the trial will run for a year until 2019.

Network Rail and Resonate have agreed an innovative and ground-breaking way to finance the project so the cost to Network Rail and the taxpayer is minimal and the financial benefits will be shared.

David Waboso, Group Managing Director for Digital Railway said: “Thousands of passengers will benefit from the introduction of this cutting edge technology that could reduce train delays by up to 15% on the main lines out of London Paddington.

“I’m delighted to be working with Resonate on this project to improve performance on the Great Western Railway. The last remaining British signalling company, they have a stellar track record and will undoubtedly be a great partner to implement this trial by early summer 2018.”

Anna Ince, Chief Executive Officer at Resonate, said: “Digital Railway’s enlightened and open collaborative approach to Early Contractor Involvement was the catalyst for our proposal. Understanding the outcomes required, as well as the business case, enabled us to make a ground breaking commercial offer.

“We are delighted that our digital platform, developed in the UK, will be used on this busy and complex route to reduce train delays. We look forward to continuing to work closely with Digital Railway and the Western Route to improve passenger journeys.”