The Trust’s AGM, held online on 24 April, elected three members to the Board for the first time, with these members having a wide variety of experience.

Andy Norman was already with the Trust as Company Secretary. He had been a heritage railway volunteer for many years. Part of that time was with the West Somerset Railway (WSR). With 35 years of experience, he now runs his own recruitment and consultancy business. His expertise covers many areas including process change, governance and regulatory affairs.

Chris Ruddick has been an active volunteer in the WSR locomotive department for over 10 years. His work there included the last overhaul of the Trust’s S&D 7F No. 53808. Several generations of his family worked on the northern half of the S&D up until closure. His work is in the healthcare IT sector with a wide variety of experience through project management to governance.

Mark Stanistreet is a professional railwayman with a long background in railway operations. He has also worked on the WSR, prior to its reopening in 1976. Previously working for a large transport consultancy, he has been running his own consultancy business for the last seven years. He has extensive project delivery experience and was already reporting on Health & Safety management for the Trust.