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Catherine Kingdom

Community Rail Education Development Officer

Catherine joined Community Rail Lancashire in January 2023 after over 20 years teaching in primary school and SEND settings. She is working on different education projects as well as the Try the Train project which launched this year. She is looking forward to building people’s confidence to use the trains and giving them new experiences. Catherine has a lot of experience of taking children out on trips both through her professional roles and her role as a Brownie leader. In her spare time, when she is not taking her children to their many exciting out of school activities, she likes to go walking and supports Huddersfield Town FC.
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Dave Savage

Community Rail Officer

Dave joined Community Rail Lancashire in September 2022 after spending the past 15 years as a qualified Geography teacher. Dave is working on the “Feel Good Field Trips” project funded by Avanti. He is looking forward to taking groups out on field trips along the West Coast Main Line. Dave enjoys the outdoors and has lots of experience leading groups on DofE expeditions and Geography field trips in the UK and abroad. In his spare time Dave enjoys running and is a run leader at Accrington Road Runners. He also has a season ticket for Accrington Stanley.

Shahiesta Raja

Community Rail Education Development Officer

Shahiesta is based in Lancashire and is a qualified Secondary School teacher of 20 years. She gave up teaching three years ago to join Community Rail Lancashire’s education team and has never lookedback! Shahiesta works with Primary and Secondary schools all over Lancashire to deliver rail safety and confidence sessions. Although she loves working with children, Shahiesta has enjoyed working with adult community groups in East Lancashire over the last three years to help marginalised groups to travel safely and confidently by train. She has set up a women’s support group in Accrington known as Stations of Welcome who have adopted Accrington Station and has worked with a number of refugee families from Syria, Afghanistan and other countries to provide support and rail confidence to groups for whom English is not the first language. In her spare time she loves to walk and read, sometimes simultaneously!
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Katie Douglas

Accessibility and Inclusion Officer

Since 2018 Katie has worked in the wonderful world of community rail as part of the education team at Community Rail Lancashire. She started out working specifically with SEND schools and colleges on our rail confidence programme which grew to including arts and photography-based projects that aimed to connect youth and community groups to their local railways stations. During the lockdowns Katie found herself working to support technology-based resource development such as a virtual reality station environment and ‘how to….’ films that have the aim to give people an idea of what to expect from rail travel before they head out into the real world. She self confesses she’s not particularly tech-minded myself but always up for a challenge!
Karen leading a workshop at the National Railway Museum.

Karen Bennett

Education Team Leader

Karen, based in West Yorkshire, is a qualified teacher, who has worked in community rail for four years. Karen also chairs the National Community Rail Education Network and sits on the board at the Community Rail Network. Karen enjoys facilitating safety, careers and sustainability sessions in primary and secondary school. She also works with colleges and community groups. Karen has worked on many award-winning projects including Backtrack: Anti-trespassing competition, 100 Women 100 Journeys and Horizons Art Mural at Dewsbury Station. She is an avid member of railway twitter and can be found at @kazza_belle . In her spare time, Karen enjoys keeping fit and travelling to new places with her son Laurie.