During my time as a Trustee since 2004, I have endeavoured to bring to the Swanage Railway a mixture of my business experience and strong enthusiasm for my love of ‘the Southern’ and the former railways of Purbeck.
Although partially retired, by profession I am a successful businessman with a background in management and am currently a Swanage Railway Trustee and Director, previously I served as a director for our railway operating company for 11 years and chaired the board for 6 years.
I currently chair the Purbeck Mineral and Mining Museum committee, convenor for the Museum, Heritage & Learning Group and sit on the Governance Review Group
I am totally committed to the long-term sustainable future of our member-led railway.
The railway we have today is solely due to the dedication and determination of many people over the years, a legacy I very much respect and appreciate. As an organization, we need to move forward and build on this.
I passionately believe for our future success and development we will need to work even closer with our key stakeholders, so that we can deliver an enhanced heritage operation together with a robust and sustainable service to Wareham and the national network, but key to delivering this are dedicated maintenance, restoration and operational facilities –without these our railway will struggle to operate and deliver our contractual obligations.
Volunteers are so key to our success and we must continue to develop the ability to attract and retain more volunteers together with bolstering personal training and development – without motivated and appreciated volunteers we will not succeed in achieving our goals.
I ask for your vote and will, if re-elected, continue to work towards these important and achievable goals.
Term ends: 2021. Proposed by: Bill Trite. Seconded by: Dr David Evans