A former Colonel in the British Army, Steve has been a lifelong railway enthusiast, and is involved in a significant number of heritage railway projects both on a professional and voluntary basis. Born in 1959 and raised in Darwen in Lancashire, his youth and formative years were spent in the heart of industrial Lancashire in the dying days of steam on the main lines of British Railways, with his railway interests heavily influenced by his grandfather, a former driver at Lower Darwen engine shed. Steve joined the Army at 16 as an electronics apprentice, entering Sandhurst at the age of 18. Commissioned into The Queen’s Lancashire Regiment in 1978, his Army career saw him serve in a wide variety of countries, many on operations. He rose to become the Commanding Officer of his Regiment. He enjoyed two tours in the Ministry of Defence in London engaged at the military/political strategic level, and his final military appointment was as Chief of Staff of a Division with responsibility for military planning across 45% of the UK land mass.
It was whilst on secondment to the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces that he exercised his personal initiative to create the Country’s National Railway Museum. On retirement from the Army he subsequently served as Director of the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester then as Director of the National Railway Museum. During his time at the NRM, Steve achieved possibly the most incredible and imaginative project ever seen in the history of railway preservation by bringing together all six surviving Class A4 Pacific steam locomotives, two of which were resident on the other side of the Atlantic. This allowed the 75th anniversary of Mallard’s world record-breaking 126 mph run to be celebrated in considerable style, attracting literally hundreds of thousands of visitors to York and Shildon, some from the other side of the World.
A natural leader, organiser and communicator, Steve has had wide experience on TV and radio, notably appearing in the ‘Caravan Train’ episode of Top Gear, and his railway heritage consultancy also managed the development of the Channel 4 carriage restoration series fronted by Peter Snow. Steve has been working alongside the Trustees at The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust in an advisory capacity for some time, and recently formed part of the negotiating team at Meiningen resulting in the placement of the order for two new boilers, joining the Board in 2019. Steve was appointed Chairman of the Trust at the end of March 2020.
A career railwayman of some 39 years Paul comes from a family of rail workers dating back to 1841. Paul had an inevitable enthusiasm for all things rail and for steam in particular. After ‘A’ levels in 1979 he deferred the lure of university ‘til later in life and joined British Railways Operations Department in York. Initially in Signalling & Accidents he moved into the maintenance control looking after locomotive maintenance scheduling before taking an area operating role at Bounds Green depot in 1982. Here he met fellow A1 Trust member, Richard Peck, and in 1984 joined Richard at Thornaby depot. This was the period when DMU operations were transferred to Teesside after the closure of Darlington depot.
After marrying Sue in 1985, Darlington was once again playing a greater part in the Bruce life and they have made it their home ever since. In 1988 Paul took a role as Operating Manager at Heaton Depot, restructuring the cleaning and operations team to reflect the increasing move of the workload to nights. He set up a dedicated team to look after the presentation of the then Tees-Tyne Pullman. A similar venture yielded rewards, and awards, when he managed the postal fleet based there for Rail Express Systems.
After secondment to the Engineering HQ in Derby during the early 90s he became Fleet Commercial Manager for Regional Railway North East in Leeds. That caused paths to cross again with Richard during negotiations with First North Western for depot servicing. Responsible for managing stores and stock holdings as well as heavy maintenance and train refurbishments it was the period leading into privatisation. With a move to York he eventually became Head of Procurement and Head of Property in RRNE’s successor organisations of Northern Spirit, Arriva Trains North East and Northern Rail.
Having long hankered to ‘go it alone’, 2006 saw Paul finally taking the leap into being self-employed and with a specialism in procurement, rail franchising and the Access Regulations he has been kept busy ever since. His commissions have involved mobilising a number of new franchises including East Midlands Trains, Southern Rail, Anglia and more recently Caledonian Sleeper. He has also occupied various interim roles such as Head of Rail Procurement for Stagecoach, Lead Procurement Manager for Tube Lines as well as Lead Procurement and Head of Regulatory for HS1 supporting the sale of the High Speed rail network in 2010.
More recently he could be found around the Highlands of Scotland with Caledonian Sleeper delivering new facilities such as Guest Lounges, introducing wi-fi to Corrour (the UK’s highest and most remote main line station) as well as supporting the introduction of the new Mk5 overnight sleeper trains. It was this period in Scotland where he was working with Graeme Bunker, the Trust’s Operations Director. After a number of discussions over merlot, the link to the Trust grew and he took on the role of project manager for the Trust’s new Whessoe Road steam depot which will provide a new home for Tornado, Prince of Wales, the V4 and the new train, joining the board of Trustees in 2017. His key area of focus with the Trust is property management but he is also the Trust’s representative on Darlington Council’s Rail Heritage Steering Group Board. This is driving development of the North Road Railway Heritage Quarter and its part in the 2025 celebrations.
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
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
Organisations having a mix of paid and volunteer members
Interacting with government
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.
Gillian was responsible for the procurement, distribution and sales of merchandise for the benefit of the trust from the time that Tornado entered traffic in 2009. Gillian retired as a bank officer in 1997 to set up her own genealogy research business covering all aspect of historical research. With the expertise gained, the opportunity came along to teach others genealogy and Gillian became a tutor for the Workers Education Association which enabled her to pass on her passion for history and heritage.
In late 2021 Mark retired from the Trust after 30 years involvement. In early 2017, after 16 years as Chairman of the organisation – and 26 years spearheading the Trust’s marketing, PR and fundraising – Mark stood down from the Chairmanship to focus on the construction of No. 2007 Prince of Wales as P2 Project Director; in this role, Mark was responsible for strategy and the overall management of the project. In addition to his leadership of the P2 Project, where he prioritised PR, fundraising and marketing, he also continued to have oversight of and contribute to the rest of the Trust’s PR, marketing and fundraising activities, as well as playing an important role in the Trust’s strategic planning across all of its commitments.
Mark was born in 1965 in Sheffield but raised and educated in Dronfield in north Derbyshire and Bottesford in North Lincolnshire, just outside Scunthorpe. Family cine footage recorded Mark’s first encounter with No. 4472 (with Dave Court firing!) in 1967. His interest in railways was further kindled by Triang-Hornby models, initially purchased second-hand but it was the arrival of a Flying Scotsman set for Christmas in 1970 that probably cemented his love of all things LNER. Holidays usually included at least one day dedicated to the pursuit of steam or railways and found the young Allatt attending preserved lines as diverse as the North Yorkshire Moors Railway (he remembers that Standard 4MT tank No. 80135 was in traffic), Carnforth when Sir Nigel Gresley was in steam and Barrow Hill when Blue Peter paid a visit in the early ‘70s.
University education, initially at De Montfort, Leicester, saw Mark gain a degree in politics & economics while maintaining his interest in railways with membership of the Gresley and A4 Societies, even though he felt both needed a degree of modernising. After experience in the world of politics with a foreign policy ‘think tank’ and running an election campaign (in addition to standing for Parliament in 1997), Mark moved into P.R., initially with Hoskyns, before progressing to ever more senior and demanding roles at the likes of KPMG, GVA, Deloitte and Bird & Bird before branching out on his own as a company chairman, director, NED, consultant and campaigner. Most recently he has been working independently offering experienced marketing, communications, business development and brand consultancy for the B2B sector. Mark was also elected chair of the LNER Society.
Reading ‘Steam Railway’ magazine in 1990, Mark got wind of the A1 project, attending the second meeting at King’s Cross in March 1991; it was at this gathering that David Champion asked for volunteers and Mark put his hand up to help with the marketing, PR and fundraising – the rest, as they say, is history. Mark’s busy life remains intertwined with the A1 Trust, keeping Tornado in the public eye and active on the main line as the organisation commences the construction of the seventh member of Gresley’s master class in engineering and elegance; After 30 years’ effort, Mark remains a Covenantor and supporter, long may he remain involved.
For many years David was the Company Secretary of the Trust, responsible for the statutory and administrative affairs of the Trust and its associated companies and for the preparation and organisation of board and other meetings. David was a Chartered Secretary retired after more than 20 years working in the finance industry. A stalwart supporter of The Trust, he continues to spend time on the support crew.
David became Company Secretary of the Trust in 2001 and a Trustee in 2002. Born in Mitcham, Surrey in 1948 he was brought up in south London and was fascinated by trains almost from birth according to his mother. On leaving school he had an unspectacular career for 20 years in the administrative side of the oil contracting industry but did qualify as a Company Secretary. Upon moving to Guernsey in 1989 he worked in the finance industry in Trust and Company Administration, retiring in 2011.
David has been a covenantor since 1994 . When the Trust was seeking someone to replace Wreford Voge as Secretary of the Trust because of his declining health David stuck his head over the parapet and was appointed. Following his appointment as a Trustee his work increased significantly over the years. David found that because of the way the Trust is structured, much of his work was done from home using email as the main form of communication which worked well considering those involved live all over the country. He admitted to being the least well known of all the Trustees as his work was largely in the background and covered not just the formal role of Secretary but such areas as insurances, purchasing and accounting functions, and all the boring but essential work that any organisation has to cover, but no one really wants to do. He has been a member of the support crew for some years and that provided the antidote to the administrative work. David stepped down from the Board at the beginning of 2019 but still turns out with the support crew on main line runs with No. 60163.
In addition to his role as Financial Director, Barry is responsible for paying the bills, keeping the books of account and preparing the annual financial statements for external audit. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and is a retired director of the trust and company management business of UBS AG in Jersey.
Rob was originally responsible for creating and maintaining the Trust’s Project Plan, starting with the very first plan in 1994. In 2006, with the engine in the final stages of construction, Rob began the design of the A1’s electrical system, which he completed the following year. He and Paul Depledge built and installed the complete system on the engine and are now responsible for its maintenance and ongoing development. Rob is now leading the electrical work on the P2 along with Alan Parkin and Paul Depledge. Rob is a Chartered Engineer, a European Engineer and is Director of his own company, Astutim Ltd, which helps companies make money out of technology in the field of electronics and mobile communications. He has also been an active footplate volunteer on the Talyllyn Railway for over 40 years, and is related to railway preservation pioneer, the late Tom Rolt.
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.