Chris is responsible for maintaining the merchandising team volunteers database. He also has to ensure that there are sufficient volunteers for each event that The Trust sales team attends and for the on-board sales team for trains that Tornado pulls. He then has to ensure that the volunteers turn up in the right place and at the correct time. Chris is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Transport and Logistics. He started his working life in the schedules office of Leeds City Transport in 1963 and ended his time in bus operations running West Midlands Travel’s largest garage at Walsall before moving into computer systems for transport operations. He is now semi-retired and works two days per week providing support for the systems, just to keep his hand in. Dealing with his Trust duties, which also involve inventory control for The Trust’s line of merchandise, nicely fills the other five days!
Julian is experienced in dealing with the Heritage Lottery Fund and responsible for promoting relationships with other organisations. He secured the support coach for Tornado and a £48,000 loan for the engine. He also acquired the required track for Hopetown Works. Julian is chairman of the Locomotive Conservation and Learning Trust, developing a scheme with the NRM to demonstrate and preserve skills involved with locomotive restoration by restoring J21 65033, subject to a million pound HLF grant. As director of the North Norfolk Railway he was project director for the Sheringham Level crossing, fundraiser for the Quad Arts, carriage shed and lead the appeal to save Sheringham station from developers.He has been responsible for three successful HLF applications totalling £1.million. He recently became the owner of the 1902 Quarry Hunslet Alice.
Roger Dye has been a Covenanter since 1991. Over the past 12 months, Roger has become more available to take up tasks for the Trust and is now our Special Projects man. This means lending a hand where necessary, especially as ‘Tornado’ is now a commercial proposition. His past experience in managing and financing a large international group should prove very helpful over the coming years.
Day to day, Sophie is responsible for the marketing of Tornado’s railtours. She also oversees Education and Outreach for the Trust. Having studied Teaching and History at university, Sophie worked within the Learning and Public Programmes Department at the National Railway Museum before managing the Commercial and Marketing function for a steam railway. Not afraid to get her hands dirty, Sophie is a passed fireman at the NRM and is a member of the A1 Support Crew.
Wreford was the project’s taxation and charitable-status adviser for over 17 years. He is a Chartered Accountant and a retired partner of Ernst & Young. He is a past-President of the Institute of Taxation and an acknowledged expert on the taxation of charities.
Tony fulfils the role of Merchandise Licensing Manager, liaising with manufacturers who produce goods which benefit the Trust. He is also a vital member of the merchandising team when Tornado is in traffic. He started work in 1961 as an Apprentice Electrician at the Colwick Locomotive Depot near Nottingham, working on steam locomotives with Stones generators and electric lighting and as time progressed, on diesel electric locomotives and railcars. As this was a railway apprenticeship, he was also involved in building services and the obligatory six months works training at the Derby Locomotive Works, three month mechanical training followed by three months electrical training.
When he finished the apprenticeship, Tony moved into the drawing office at the Divisional Managers Office in Nottingham where, as a Technical Officer, he was involved with the design and contract control of electrical installations as well as the provision of back up services for locomotive functions at depots in Nottingham, Derby and Leicester.
In 1973, he moved to the Chief Civil Engineers Office, Stephenson House, Euston in London, where Tony joined the electrical design section as a Senior Technical Officer dealing with the design of new electrical installations from London to Carlisle. In 1975, he moved to the British Railways Board offices at Marylebone London as a Senior Engineering Assistant, to the newly set up Chief Architects Building Services Department, dealing with the technical management of building services in such locations as the TOPS centre local to our office and the Derby Railway Technical Centre.
Tony’s next move was to the County Surveyors department at Leicestershire County Council, dealing with the County’s Transportation depots and street lighting departments. He joined the County in 1976 and in 1977 was appointed to the post of Assistant Lighting Engineer, in charge of the maintenance organisation of the County’s Street Lighting Organisation. He moved to the National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting in 1983 from which he retired (officially) in 2009 but has continued to work part time for them to the present day.