BARRIE CHILDS

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.

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