Five minutes with Peter Rawcliffe of TransPennine Express

Thu, December 19th, 2019

Pete has worked for Transpennine Express (TPE) for five years...

Peter Rawcliffe
HR Business Partner & Chair of Diversity and Inclusion Council

Pete has worked for Transpennine Express (TPE) for five years, primarily supporting the Customer Experience, Commercial, Operations Directorates and front-line colleagues. Being a strong believer in what can be achieved in a business that focuses on building a diverse workforce, Pete put himself forward to become the chair of the Diversity and Inclusion council, a role he has done for the last three years.

In those three years, Transpennine Express have grown their Diversity and Inclusion policy and strategy and worked closely with different communities to build on inclusivity and equity within TPE and the railway. For the second year running TPE have been included in the Top 50 Inclusive companies.

What does a typical working day look like?

There is no typical day at TransPennine Express, which makes my role very interesting. Dealing with a vast variety of people ensures that I am kept on my toes. I could be advising and guiding managers on many of our complex Terms & Conditions in the morning and in the afternoon talking to students about the railway and all its benefits. My role allows me to get out around the network working with our onboard colleagues and being a listening ear or take an active role in our excellent training and development opportunities.

What changes would you like to see to improve or develop your sector?

We are making huge steps in development of equality within the railway, we need to make greater steps to ensure this sector is fully inclusive. I would like to see a step change in promoting the railway in communities that may not see the potential of the railway as a career. We need to move away from an industry set in the past and move to a forward-thinking sector that can embrace every culture reflecting the communities we serve.

What advice would you give your teenage self?

Advice for my teenage self would be to always enjoy what you’re doing. Take every opportunity that is given to you and experience life, even if it scares you. The world changes so quick it’s easy to miss out.

Where would we find you on your day off?

My days off are generally looking after animals whether that be my chickens, cats, fish or frogs. If not looking after my animals I will tend to be baking or if it is more than one day off I love to travel the world. My most recent holiday included a safari and diving with great white sharks. My next holiday hopefully will be seeing Orangutans in Borneo.

What is the best advice you have been given in your career?

The best advice I have been given was from the post lady in a previous role. “Always do what you enjoy doing! Be thankful for what you have and never be jealous of others! You have one life to enjoy so don’t have regrets and live for today”

Who or what has inspired you in your career?

I have drawn inspiration and learning from many people throughout my career. The majority of inspirational leaders come not from CEOs MDs or senior managers but those that are on the front line working everyday enjoying what they do Speaking individuals and getting to know about their lives and interests particularly with those individuals that are seen as often the quiet individuals are the ones that truly inspire me personally and in my career.

Why choose Liverpool City Region?

Liverpool can be seen as just another city in the North of England, but its culture and diversity provides an astonishing past present and future, one the will continue to grow and develop through the hard times and the good will always have a charm and whit rarely seen.

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