Hugh McQuade, Chairman of the SVR Charitable Trust
A lifelong railway enthusiast from my pram, and descendent of Darlington Works engineers, I have been an SVR volunteer from the age of 17. After 21 years service on BR at Paddington, Saltley and Bescot, I took voluntary redundancy and joined the SVR full-time staff as Paintshop Supervisor at Kidderminster.
As chairman of the LNER(SVR) Coach Fund, and Team Leader at Bridgnorth Carriage Dept, my association with the Rolling Stock Trust began when I was invited to join as 'carriage expert' in an advisory role. Closely involved with the acquisition of vehicles 4509 and 35219 by the Trust, and with the practical issues of conversion of 4690, and the use of our contractor on 9084, the last two years have been busy for me with Trust works.
I intend to use my unique position as Trust Chairman, SVR(H) Supervisor, SVR(G) volunteer, and LNER(SVR) Coach Fund trustee to the full to the benefit of as many carriages as possible, while building up the fundraising profile with a view to restoring loco 7819 back to working order.
David Mead, Trustee
I have been a volunteer on the SVR for nine years, working both as a guard and in the Carriage & Wagon Department. It's given me the opportunity to combine my engineering and management skills with a love of heritage railways.
I see my role as a Trustee as supporting the Charitable Trust in safeguarding the future of the SVR, both its artefacts and the skills needed to maintain them. I have a particular interest in the SVR's unique fleet of historic coaches covering the period 1912 to 1964.
I'd like to act as a further link between the Trust, volunteers, paid workshop staff and our apprentices. I am particularly proud to act as a mentor to the young people currently training in our Heritage Skills Training Academy.
Roger Scanlon, Trustee and Membership Secretary
Roger has been a working member of the SVR since 1971, arriving with 46521 which together with other members of the MPD he helped restore to traffic in 1974. His principle interests are in the locomotive fleet but he was involved with the selection and acquisition of some of the first Mk1 vehicles on the SVR.
A driver with 27 years experience and a former locomotive crew roster clerk, he was appointed the SVR Association's Director on the Rolling Stock Fund. In daily life Roger is a professional railway man and since 1991 has almost exclusively worked with traction and rolling stock projects.
Paul Thursfield, Treasurer
Born in 1952 in Sutton Coldfield, Paul is a qualified Chartered accountant working in industry. He joined the SVR in 1980 as a working member in the Carriage & Wagon Department at Bridgnorth.
He moved to live in Bridgnorth in 1986 to become a more active volunteer and has also worked as a Travelling Ticket Inspector and Booking Office clerk. Paul is also a regular Steward and Assistant Chef on the Severn Valley Venturer.
David Williams, Trustee & SVRG Rep
David joined the SVR early in 1966, some seven months after the preservation scheme started, when the label “mission impossible” still applied. Very soon he was editing the quarterly “Severn Valley Railway News”, a task that he has continued for 170 issues to date. He was instrumental in helping to originate three locomotive preservation schemes, for 43106, 80079 and 75069, and has taken a personal interest in supporting several other locomotive and rolling stock funds.
He was on the first firing course for outsiders, and similarly for driving, spending fourteen years on the footplate, based at both Bridgnorth and Bewdley, on duty almost every weekend. Other work has included writing/compiling guide and stock books, and providing SVR slide shows.
David was on the committee of the original SVR Society from 1967 to 1970, and became a Director of Severn Valley Railway Company Ltd in 1972, being elected Chairman in 1979. He is currently one of the Company’s nominees to the SVR (Holdings) Board, and has been Deputy Chairman of the Joint Board of the two companies which has managed the Railway for the past four years.
He was an engineering designer in Birmingham for 42 years, eight at GEC Traction at Witton and the remainder at Metro-Cammell (later Alstom) at Washwood Heath until the end of 2003. David’s hobbies include railway study, photography and travel.
Nick Paul CBE – Trustee & SVRH Rep
Nick joined the Company’s Board in 2002 and was appointed Chairman of SVR Holdings plc in August 2011. Currently he is also Chairman of Tricorn Group Plc and Non-Executive Director of Worcester Warriors Rugby Club. He has been the Deputy Chief Executive of IMI plc, a FTSE 100 international engineering group and a former Chairman of Advantage West Midlands.
In the past Nick has been Chairman of the West Midlands CBI and a Non-Executive Director with John Laing Homes plc and SIG plc. Also he has been Chairman of the Governors at the Downs School and a Governor at the City Technology College, Kingshurst, Birmingham.
John Leftwich, Trustee & Chair of Development Committee
The grandson of a boilermaker on Tyneside, John has steam - LNER steam to be precise - in his blood. Having received a “Tornado” model locomotive from his wife for Christmas, the ritual spare room conversion has been undertaken and a sizeable layout is now under construction. One thing led to another and when invited by the Chairman of SVR Holdings, Nick Paul, John jumped at the chance of joining the Charitable Trust.
John combines his interest in steam with his many years of experience in senior sales & marketing positions around the world. He plays a key role in the Railway’s fundraising efforts, to enhance and maintain the SVR’s position as the leading heritage line in the country.
Peter Copsey - Trustee
A partner in the Company Comercial Division at mfg Solicitors LLP, Peter brings many years of business experience and an enthusiasm for heritage rail that stretches back five decades. He has a wealth of charity experience from his active involvement with six separate Building Preservations Trusts. Living and working in Kidderminster, Peter has long been a regular visitor at the Railway, bringing first daughters, then grandchildren, to experience to joy of heritage rail.
Ron Treverton-Jones - Trustee
As the Chairman of stockbrokers EFG Harris Allday, Ron was already familiar with the Charitable Trust's work before he joined the Board of Trustees. Not only was he the Chairman of our Investment Committee, but also his company EFG are members of our Corporate Partnership Club, and have supported the Railway through event sponsorship. With his robust background in investment, Ron is particularly interested in improving the financial wellbeing of the SVR, and is keen on developing a new generation of engineers within the Heritage Skills Training Academy. Ron's expertise in helping to identify trusts and grant-making bodies will be invaluable as the Charitable Trust looks increasingly to these sources of income in the future.
Severn Valley Railway Charitable Trust Ltd
Number One, Comberton Place, Kidderminster, DY10 1QR Registered Charity Number: 1092723