Davina McCall, Sir Steve Redgrave and Dr Alex George among star line-up for Rail Wellbeing Live 2023: Rail Wellbeing Live 2023 is almost here

Tuesday 5 Sep 2023

Davina McCall, Sir Steve Redgrave and Dr Alex George among star line-up for Rail Wellbeing Live 2023

Region & Route:
Wales & Western: Western
| Wales & Western
  • Registration has opened for the biggest free wellbeing event for the rail industry, Rail Wellbeing Live (RWL) 
  • Dates announced as 7-9 November  
  • Over 40 pick ‘n’ mix sessions to choose from, all free to attend 
  • Evening sessions for night shift workers 

TV personality and campaigner, Davina McCall, Olympic rowing legend, Sir Steve Redgrave, and physician and mental health ambassador, Dr Alex George, headline the stellar cast of speakers at the fourth annual Rail Wellbeing Live, from 7 to 9 November. 

The three-day online event offers everyone in the rail industry the opportunity to come together and connect with colleagues and high-profile speakers to get inspiration, tips and guidance on how to tackle a wide range of health and wellbeing issues.  

Ruth Busby, chair of the Rail Wellbeing Live steering board and people and transformation director at Great Western Railway and Network Rail Wales and Western said: 

“I’m so proud and excited to be a part of Rail Wellbeing Live 2023. Events like this give us all the opportunity to take a proactive approach to health and wellbeing. 

“All too often, we put ourselves to the bottom of the pile and forget to look after ourselves. Taking part in one or more of these fantastic sessions, will give you the tools to make a positive change – whether that be mentally, physically, emotionally or financially. 

“I’d especially like to ask line managers to encourage their team to join a RWL session. Even if you can’t join live, sessions are available afterwards so please register and watch at a time that is convenient.  

“It doesn’t matter where you are in the rail industry, we all have similar challenges.  I very much look forward to everyone coming together to improve wellbeing as one, big, railway family.” 

Rail Wellbeing Live 2023 will address all aspects of health and wellbeing in an engaging, fun way.  

The three headline speakers this year are Davina McCall (Lesson’s I’ve Learned), Sir Steve Redgrave (You can win at life) and Dr Alex George (Why mental health matters). Other highlights will include Owen O’Kane (How to be your own therapist), Poorna Bell (Finding strength), Dr Megan Rossi (Gut health), Gelong Thubten (Living in the present), Angie Belcher (Laughter as medicine), Dr Michelle O’Sullivan (Strategies for coping with trauma), Nina Finlay (Wim Hof breathing method), Vidyamala Burch (Living with pain) and Dr Nerina Ramlakhan (The art of deep sleep). 

Pick ‘n’ mix sessions allow attendees to create their own agenda and attend topics that interest them most.   

There will be sessions in the evening on Wednesday 8 November, focused towards colleagues on the frontline working evening shifts.  

The opening session ‘Welcome to Rail Wellbeing Live 2023’ will feature Network Rail chief executive, Andrew Haines, SYSTRA assistant engineer and Young Rail Professionals Apprentice of the Year, Lucy Davidson, and Siemens mobility engineer, Henda Moreso Grion. It will be hosted by broadcaster, journalist and author, Kate Silverton. The focus of the discussion will be around young people in the industry, and the future of rail.  

Everyone who registers for the event at www.rwl2023.co.uk before 29 September will be entered into a prize draw and given the chance to nominate a colleague for the Wellbeing Hero Award. The winner of the awards will be announced live on Tuesday 7 November by Kate Silverton

Rail Wellbeing Live is fully funded by organisations across the industry that want to take an active role in supporting the health and wellbeing of their colleagues. They are Alstom, Angel Trains, Arriva, Atkins, BAM Nuttall, Eversholt Rail, FirstGroup, GTR, Hitachi Rail, Keltbray, Keolis, KPMG, LNER, Network Rail, Octavius, ORR, RSSB, Siemens and West Midlands Railway.  

Notes to Editors

Interviews are available with Ruth Busby, chair of the Rail Wellbeing steering board and people and transformation director - Great Western Railway & Network Rail - Wales and Western. 

To request time with Ruth, email john.carter1@gwr.com

For information or promotional material regarding Rail Wellbeing Live, please contact emma.newman@networkrail.co.uk

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