I joined WSRA in 1992 while attending the Taunton 150 event and volunteered aboard Quantock Belle from 1994-2017, culminating as dining train manager for the final two years. Now a member of the WSRA Rally committee, responsible for the beer tent, having been a Rally volunteer since 1995. I worked at all 18 WSR Beer Festivals, having proposed the original festival in partnership with CAMRA and am currently chairman of CAMRA Somerset Branch.
A keen supporter of the WSR in all its various guises, a PLC shareholder, and member of WSSRT, SDRT and DEPG. Previously served as a WSRA trustee during 2015 and 2016. My decision to stand down followed a key recommendation of the Coombes Report, the independent committee of the time suggesting an entire new trustee board be appointed. I have avidly followed the Association’s steady recovery and firm progress since and consider that we are now entering another most critical period in WSR’s development, something I very much wish to be involved with and contribute to, namely structural change. I agree wholeheartedly with WSRA’s stance and stated aspirations for long-overdue reform of WSR’s existing arrangements. I believe the Railway’s ability to survive and thrive now depends on such reform, sooner rather than later.
My career began as computer operator, then programmer for a life assurance company. I left in 1982 to develop my own successful business dealing in personalised car number plates. I am now close to retirement and hopefully more time to devote to my hobbies.