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NURTURE has been designed specifically for the RTPI by Women in Transport, a non-profit professional network that supports the professional development of women working in transport. Their Advance mentoring programme has successfully supported over 300 mentees and mentors since 2018. The Advance programme was designed and is delivered for Women in Transport by Sonya Byers and Angela Gainsford.

Sonya and Angela have co-designed the NURTURE pilot mentoring programme for the RTPI and will be responsible for training, matching and evaluation of the programme. The NURTURE programme has been designed for Chartered RTPI members in the UK or Ireland at the mid-point in their careers, looking to progress, regardless of gender. Read the full eligibility requirements and FAQs.

Sonya Byers

CEO, Women in Transport

Sonya has a professional background in transport planning, business development and marketing across a wide variety of sectors. Sonya has been a member of Women in Transport since 2008 and became a board member in 2013.

Angela Gainsford

Independent Consultant, Gainsford Elliot Associates Ltd

Angela is an independent consultant with over 30 years’ experience in operational and technical transport roles. A mentor with senior management experience, Angela’s diverse career and skillset includes HR, team management and stakeholder engagement. Angela is a long-standing member of Women in Transport.