Rose Rees Awardee MBE for Services to Diversity and Inclusion in the Midlands

Rose Rees Awarded MBE for Services to Diversity and Inclusion

We are proud to announce that Rose Rees, a valued member of the Auctus Management Group and Midland Metro Alliance (MMA), has been honoured with an MBE in King Charles’s birthday honours for her exceptional contributions to diversity and inclusion in the rail industry. Rose Rees’s tireless dedication and remarkable achievements have made her a celebrated figure in the West Midlands and beyond.

A Journey of Commitment and Excellence

Rose Rees’s journey towards this prestigious recognition began over thirty years ago. From her early career in the brewing industry to her role as a recruitment specialist at Ecco Employment, where she often personally ensured candidates reached their job sites, Rose has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to helping others. Her transition to teaching Functional Skills and Work Skills at Birmingham Metropolitan College and later as Head of Sales at Bournville College further showcased her dedication to empowering the youth and underrepresented communities.

Notable Achievements and Awards

Rose Rees has been instrumental in stakeholder engagement and talent development throughout her career, earning numerous accolades. Her work on the Trailblazer Light Rail Apprenticeship programme garnered the Institution of Civil Engineers Education & Inspiration Award in 2020. Other notable awards include the Aston University Engineering Academy’s Employer Contribution of the Year Award, Talent Match Black Country’s Employer of the Year Award, and the Constructing Excellence Award for Developing People in 2019.

In 2024, the MMA received recognition from the Careers Enterprise Company for its efforts in widening participation for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) students, highlighting Rose’s commitment to inclusive practices.

Impact on the West Midlands and the Rail Sector

At Auctus Management Group and Midland Metro Alliance, Rose Rees has been pivotal in developing training programmes for 18—to 25-year-olds without prior qualifications. Her initiatives have enabled nearly 1,000 residents to gain rail and construction industry competencies, significantly impacting the local community and the West Midlands region.

Rose’s efforts extend beyond professional training. She has supported numerous charities, including St Basil’s, hosted over 8,000 work experience placement hours, and provided Information, Advice, and guidance services to 3000 unemployed residents. Her contributions have created a more inclusive and equitable environment within the rail industry.

EDI Values and Charitable Contributions

Rose Rees embodies the principles of Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI). She has driven industry change by creating a welcoming environment, ensuring equal recruitment and career advancement opportunities, and empowering diverse employees. Her charitable contributions and extensive support for underrepresented groups reflect her commitment to making a difference.

A Truly Inspirational Leader

Rose Rees is more than a leader; she inspires many. Her generosity, kindness, and unwavering commitment to helping others have positively impacted the West Midlands rail community. Her recognition as an MBE is a testament to her exceptional contributions, and the high regard her peers and the broader community hold her.

A Few Words from Rose Rees

Upon receiving the MBE, Rose Rees expressed her gratitude: “Thanks to everyone for your kind words on the award. It was a total shock – a bit overwhelming, but I am very honoured. My mom is thrilled, and my dad would have been too – sadly, I lost him last year. Dad helped people all his life and was a great role model. He worked six and a half days a week to provide for his family and was the kindest man I have ever known. That’s all I try to do – help others where I can. I am very grateful to those who have worked so hard and for so long behind the scenes on the nomination.”


Rose Rees’s receipt of the MBE is a fitting recognition of her outstanding contributions to diversity and inclusion in the rail industry. Her work at Auctus Management Group and Midland Metro Alliance has transformed lives and set a benchmark for excellence and commitment to EDI values. Rose Rees continues to inspire and lead by example, making the world a more inclusive place for all.

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Auctus Management Group offers various services to the infrastructure sector, such as Arboriculture, Civils & Construction, Geofencing, Rail Operations, Safety-Critical Resource, Signalling & Telecoms, Track Warning Services, and Welding. We can also provide specialised training for the infrastructure industry.

RSS Infrastructure, a provider of infrastructure solutions, is also a member of the group.

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