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Younger Members

The principle objective of the Younger Members (YM) is to contribute to and improve the benefits that the IRSE provides for its younger members

This is achieved by providing a focus within the Institution for the co-ordination of YM events and communications.
The YM arrange several events around the world every year.
These usually include a seminar, an IRSE examination review meeting and meetings with YM groups from other institutions. Feedback is sought to enable the YM to plan events for the future to help meet the professional development needs of younger members.


Younger members' section

The YM also strive to raise awareness of the benefits that the IRSE offers to younger members and to understand the issues and topics relevant to younger members, so they may be raised and addressed through events and communications.

The YM support the initiatives of the IRSE Council, committees and sections for younger members. The YM committee aims to encourage the Institution’s other committees and sections to ensure that the needs of their local younger members are met through appropriate representation within their events and organisations.

The YM Forum, established in 2007, published two technical papers on Train Detection and Automatic Train Operation. The forum is presently considering how best to contribute to the development of young engineers. This web based forum encourages links with younger members throughout the world. The forum is always looking for new participants, please get in touch to find out more.

The IRSE professional examination is very relevant to younger members and provides a way of learning about and demonstrating your knowledge of railway signalling and communications and allied topics. For further details about the examination and the support available to study for the examination, see the IRSE exam page in the careers area of this site.

Exam study materials and workshops

Videos of many study workshops and the exam review of previous exams are available on in our dedicated IRSE Exam Study resources area on Vimeo.

The YM arrange in-person and online workshops for the IRSE Professional Examination modules - please keep an eye on the events pages and announcements via social media and members' e-bulletins for details of dates, subjects and how to book your place(s).

YM Committee and contacts

To contact the IRSE Younger Members Committee, please email them at 

The committee comprises of:

  • Chairperson - Hariharan Sugumar
  • Treasurer - John Chaddock
  • Publicity Secretary - Prerna Sharma
  • Secretary - Andy Ward
  • Past Chairperson - Dawid Van Der Spuy

And voting members are:

  • Shuxia Lu
  • Chris Oxford
  • Alex Patton
  • Xiaolu Rao
  • Hariharan Sugumar (Education & Professional Development Committee representative)
  • Duncan Hui
  • Charlotte Dartnell
  • Aishwarya Ashok
  • Istvan Darazsi
How to join us

There are no separate membership requirements for younger members. If you are a member of the Institution and are still in your formative years of professional development, then contact us if you would like to receive e-mail updates on Younger Members events or would like to become involved in organising YM activity.

Please remember to keep us updated if your contact details change.

If you'd like to contact the committee, email us: You can also join our Facebook Page "IRSE Younger Members" and follow us on Twitter: @IRSE_YM, LinkedIn and Instagram.

Young Railway Professionals

The Young Railway Professionals have come to together through the younger members' sections of the Rail Engineers Forum (REF), which is comprised of the Chartered Institution of Railway Operators (CIRO), Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), Institution of Railway Signal Engineers (IRSE), Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) and Permanent Way Institution (PWI).

It is their aim to inspire young professionals to see the wider rail industry and understand the deeper perspective on their role within the railway. They also hope to assist young professionals to network and build up links across the industry, benefiting your career in the long-term. See their website for more information.