RIA Directors win recognition in influential Women in Trade Association Powerlist 2024

8 March 2024 


The Railway Industry Association (RIA) is excited to announce that two of its Directors have been nominated and included in this year’s Women in Trade Association Powerlist 2024 (WiTA Powerlist).

Gaynor Pates, Operations Director, and Rose Garber, Member Relations Director, have both been promoted to the list, released on International Women’s Day (8 March 2024), and compiled from over 200 nominations by a combined panel from the Trade Association Forum (TAF), the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

The list champions the achievements of women in trade associations and aims to encourage the next generation of women into the association sector. 

Commenting on the success, Darren Caplan, Chief Executive of RIA, said: “Huge congratulations to Gaynor and Rose on their achievement, being included in the Women in Trade Association Powerlist 24. Both deserve their accolades. Gaynor has not only led RIA’s operations function but she has chaired the Trade Association Forum and been key to its transformation into the successful body that it is today. Rose has led RIA’s Member Relations and raised the bar in terms of member satisfaction, retaining existing members and attracting new ones, and galvanising partnerships.

“This is the third time RIA team members have been elevated to the Powerlist and we couldn’t be prouder of their achievements. Well done, Gaynor and Rose!”

RIA Operations Director Gaynor Pates said: “It is great to be included in the 2024 WiTA Powerlist. There are so many brilliant women making an impact in the UK’s trade associations and the many industries they represent. I’m so pleased to be recognised amongst them! The WITA Powerlist showcases such a range of creative and talented women, and – even better – inspires the next generation of TA female leaders.”

RIA Member Relations Director Rose Garber said: “I am delighted to be named in 2024’s Women in Trade Association Powerlist! Rail is a fascinating and extraordinary industry to work in and it is a privilege to be recognised for helping RIA members make the most of their membership and promote the excellent work they do across the UK.”

Notes to Editors
  1. About RIA: The Railway Industry Association (RIA) is the voice of the UK rail supply community. We help to grow a sustainable, high-performing, railway supply industry, and to export UK rail expertise and products. RIA has over 360 companies in membership in a sector that contributes £43 billion in economic growth and £14 billion in tax revenue each year, as well as employing 710,000 people. It is also a vital industry for the UK’s economic recovery, supporting green investment and jobs in towns and communities across the UK; for every £1 spent in rail, £2.50 is generated in the wider economy. RIA’s membership is active across the whole of railway supply, covering a diverse range of products and services and including both multi-national companies and SMEs (60% by number). www.riagb.org.uk