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West Yorkshire railway worker recognised in Queen’s New Year Honours

A Huddersfield-based Learning and Development Manager has been recognised in the Queen’s 2022 New Year’s Honours list.

Richard Holliday, who works for TransPennine Express (TPE), has been given the British Empire Medal for services to mental health in West Yorkshire.

The railway worker, known as Rich, regularly gives up his time to provide life-saving support for Samaritans, and has been a strong advocate in raising awareness about suicide prevention on the railway.

He is passionate about creating opportunities for young people and helps lead TPE’s annual apprenticeship programme, where individuals are also given the opportunity to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh scheme. Outside of work, between 2013 and 2018, he volunteered with Kirklees Council as an Appropriate Adult supporting 10–17-year-olds in police custody.

Rich played an important role in supporting his colleagues through the Covid-19 pandemic, introducing ‘Zoom elevenses’ calls that anyone could dial into. He champions mental health awareness in the workplace and is open about his own experience in this area when providing support to others.

Reflecting on his achievement, the 47-year-old said:

“I’m completely overwhelmed.

“I didn’t realise I’d been nominated but am thrilled – what an incredible honour.

“Samaritans do such important work and I am proud to do what I can for them. Giving back to others is so important and I’m so happy that my contribution has been recognised in this way.”

Matthew Golton, Managing Director for TransPennine Express said:

“I am so proud to see Rich recognised in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list.

“His passion and energy are infectious, and he uses this in the best possible way, by supporting and inspiring others.”