Chairman of A1 Steam Locomotive Trust

The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust is seeking to recruit a Chairman to lead and support the Board of Trustees. The Trust, formed in 1995, has seen great success in the completion and running of new build steam locomotive Class A1 No.60163 Tornado, and is continuing to build on this as well as undertake new and ambitious projects. The successful candidate will provide the strategic leadership and direction to enable these projects to be developed and delivered, whilst ensuring the sustainability of existing activities with particular regard to Tornado itself. It is the responsibility of the Chairman, working with the Trustees, to ensure not only the above, but that the charity continues to operate efficiently and effectively, and in compliance with relevant legislation.

Information for Candidates

The following information outlines the responsibilities and attributes that this role require. This is not an exclusive list but is designed to give candidates an indication of what the role entails.

Please note that this is a voluntary Chairmanship.


  • Management and leadership of the Board of Trustees
  • Upholding the goals and responsibilities of the Charity whilst ensuring its security and compliance with relevant legislation.
  • Providing financial oversight and ensuring probity
  • Chairing board meetings (typically 4 to 6 per annum)
  • Working with the Trustees to develop and deliver the Trust’s vision and strategy
  • Providing focus to define priorities
  • Communicating to the wider team developments and progress
  • Giving smart, stretching objectives but not breaking ones
  • Helping the organisation to grow by becoming more scalable and encouraging delegation
  • Ensuring application and maintenance of the Charity’s health and safety policy
  • Developing a succession plan for Trustees and advisors

Personal Attributes

Able to provide collegiate leadership of the team, whether Trustees or volunteers, be of strong character and able to collate information available and pull the team together to bring matters under consideration and discussion to a satisfactory conclusion.


  • Gravitas, easily able to engage with top people in industry, government, press and elsewhere
  • Able to motivate and lead a committed team
  • Working with the team, recognising people’s strengths, and weaknesses, getting the best out of everyone
  • Understanding of the challenges of running and developing a volunteer-run organisation which has responsibilities akin to many companies of full time paid people
  • Financial management, company and charity law
  • Commercial astuteness, an appreciation of risk and how to manage it


  • Leading successful teams
  • Growing organisations
  • Railway industry
  • Charities/third sector
  • Fundraising
  • Organisations having a mix of paid and volunteer members
  • Interacting with government

Application Process

To register your interest in being considered for the role of Chairman of the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, please submit a CV and cover email outlining your suitability to 

Should you have any questions or require further information about the role please contact Sophie Bunker-James on 07929828014 or email 

Closing Date Friday 9th June 2017

About the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust

No. 60163 Tornado

The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, a registered charity, built Peppercorn class A1 Pacific No. 60163 Tornado, named after the RAF aircraft, at its Darlington Locomotive Works. Fitted with additional water capacity and the latest railway safety electronics, Tornado is fully equipped for today’s main line railway. The A1 class was designed by Arthur H Peppercorn for the London & North Eastern Railway and 49 were built in 1948/49 by British Railways. However, following modernisation, all were scrapped by 1966.

After 18 years of construction and fundraising the £3 million locomotive was completed in August 2008. Tornado was named by HRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall at York station on 19th February 2009. Frequently headlined in the press and on TV and radio, Tornado was the subject of a BBC documentary ‘Absolutely Chuffed: The Men Who Built a Steam Engine’ and featured in ‘The Race to the North’ on Top Gear. The Trust is still seeking to raise £200,000 through The 163 Pacifics Club to purchase the tender currently leased from principal sponsor William Cook Cast Products Limited.

100mph Record – Whilst undertaking test runs in connection with raising its permitted maximum speed, No. 60163 Tornado reached 100mph during trials conducted on the East Coast Main Line (ECML) between Doncaster and Newcastle on 12th April 2017. Tornado is currently limited to 75mph, but it has always been the intention to run the locomotive at speeds up to 90mph to better fit in with other trains on the busy UK rail network.

Plandampf –Tornado took to the rails on 14th, 15th & 16th February, pulling regular timetabled services (usually diesel hauled) over part of the Settle and Carlisle Railway (S&C), on what were the first steam hauled service trains in England since the 1960s. In three days around 6000 people travelled on these trains, all 12 of which were sold out.


No. 2007 Prince of Wales

The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust is now constructing Britain’s most powerful steam locomotive – Gresley class P2 No. 2007 Prince of Wales.

The Gresley class P2 2-8-2 ‘Mikados’ were the most powerful express passenger locomotives to operate in the UK. As the builders of new main line steam locomotive No. 60163 Tornado, we have therefore decided to set ourselves a new challenge: to develop, build and operate an improved Gresley class P2 Mikado steam locomotive for main line and preserved railway use.

We are using the latest computer aided design and modelling techniques to realise the potential of the original design and estimate that No. 2007 Prince of Wales will cost around £5m to build over a 7-10 year period. As with Tornado, funds will be raised through regular monthly donations, donations dedicated to specific components, The Boiler Club and commercial sponsorship.