Rachel Cook puts the credit for her success in engineering management with the people she has worked with at Tran4m, Tube contractor Metronet's contract management business.
Cook started as Tran4m's chief bridges and structures engineer in 2002 becoming bridges and structures engineering manager a year later. She is now responsible for overseeing inspections, assessments and design of underground track-related projects.
Trans4m civil engineering director Nigel Russell says: 'Rachel is a worthy contender for this prestigious award and in applying her outstanding management skills has made a significant contribution to the MetronetTrans4m alliance.' Cook says that she feels privileged to be part of a business which was central to the maintenance of the oldest underground network in the world, adding that she finds 'the trials and tribulations of management both exciting and rewarding'.
'I've also been fortunate to have the full support of the chief engineer, directors and senior managers of Trans4m to manage a team.' The judges were impressed by Cook's attitude towards listening to staff needs.
'I've learnt over the past three years that as a manager you need support from all directions; from those who you report to, and also from those who report to you, ' she says.