I'm and active trustee and volunteer. You'll often find me on the footplate but the majority of my volunteering takes place behind the scenes
My key focus areas are: development of rail connected engineering and storage facilities, strategic planning, volunteer engagement, project planning and process. I have a particular interest in improving our stations and customer experience. I'm one of a number of trustees who want tighter control of costs and a cautious approach to expansion.
With expansion to Wareham the next few years are vitally important. It's crucial to have a strong experience team. Our community rail commitments are inescapable and maintaining a healthy balance with the Heritage Railway is vital. I believe the best way to do this successfully is to deliver the Wareham service ourselves.
I've managed many projects including replacing Swanage Station canopy, Swanage goods shed refurbishment, the new LCW workshop and new locker & signing on room for the operations department.
I'm currently working on the development of rolling stock storage and maintenance facilities. This latest project aims to support our growing operation by proving the engineering infrastructure necessary for efficient maintenance of coaches and locomotives to the required high standard. It will enable the railway to become more self sufficient , sustainable and develop new revenue by providing heritage engineering services to others.
During 2018 I've supported the Cygnets and Heritage Coach groups on a number of projects. I lead the 'Loco & Rolling stock Facilities Group' and participate in the Members & Volunteers and Strategic Planning Groups. I drafted the Norden area strategy, started the Swanage Moguls Fund and secured a £ 75,000 grant for the N class to operate on the mainline.
If re-elected I will continue to serve the railway to the best of my ability. Thank you for your support.
Term ends: 2020. Proposed by: Mark Woolley. Seconded by: James Cox.