Sarah Noble – Senior Project Manager for Thales Ground Transportation Systems


“I like to think that every day is International Women’s Day. Whilst it’s great to have a day that recognises all the amazing achievements that women have made and are making to help shape the world, it is still clear that a lot of work needs to be done in order to ensure gender equality across our personal and professional lives; women are still underrepresented across many industries.”




“When I look back at my upbringing it brings a smile to my face. Remembering going for walks with my Grandfather to the local footbridge over the railway lines and being lifted so I could see the trains pass underneath. From this, it might not seem like a surprise that my career today is as a Senior Project Manager for Thales Ground Transportation Systems working on 4LM, which is the largest urban signalling project in the world.”

“It might, however, surprise you if I tell you that after school, I went on to study Biology at university. On paper a career delivering major transportation projects doesn’t seem obvious, but my degree equipped me with many skills – be it analytical thinking, or the ability to understand data and draw evidence-based conclusions – that are vital to success in my field.”

“In addition to these skills, I’ve always been a strong believer in equal division of labour. From an early age my brother and I would help by father, a builder, at the weekend and during school holidays – it was clear that anything my brother could do, so could I!”

“It was this belief that has helped to shape who I am today, and why it’s important for me to not only act as a role model for young women, but to actively help them and improve gender equity and representation across Thales and my industry.”

“In fact, I have chaired the GTS Women’s network at Thales since 2019. I have really enjoyed being able to grow the network and influence what Thales are doing to improve gender diversity in our organisation. I’m looking forward to the next phase in the network’s evolution as we launch a Thales UK-wide gender diversity network on International Women’s Day.”