WSRA Life Member 2221

I am a regular volunteer as signalman, guard and Responsible Officer on the WSR, where I first volunteered (at Washford) 41 years ago now.

I now hold the fundraising brief amongst the Trustees.  I have contributed to the fundraising effort to return 9351, to traffic, the £187,000 raised by the WSRA towards 2019/2020 winter works and the effort now gathering pace to complete 4561.  I now chair the Joint Fundraising Group for the whole Railway, which recently submitted a substantial bid to the DCMS heritage recovery fund.  I have a view of fundraising from the ‘other side’ as an independent member on the grant-making committee which manages the community fund associated with Hinkley ‘C’ power station.

In the past I have worked for the WSR plc as its Operations Manager, and served as WSRA Trustee and Chairman, WSSRT Trustee and WSR plc Director.

I worked as an Operations Manager for British Railways (last post Traffic Manager Bristol).  I retain my connection with the national network as a committee member of the south-west region of the Institution of Railway Operators.  Since 1995 I have been an employment and discrimination barrister, practising from chambers in London.  I often provide legal assistance to heritage railways and heritage railwaymen and women across the country.

I live alongside the Railway in the Station Master’s house at Stogumber.

I enthusiastically support the ‘Bailey’ reform proposals.

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