West Somerset Railway

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Director: Heritage and Preservation



The Director Heritage and Preservation will be responsible to the PLC Board via of the Chairman. He/she has the lead developmental and policy role on the Board for this activity. Working as one of the Directors within the new PLC structure, the individual concerned will take responsibility for supporting the Board and the management team to optimize the opportunities, scope and development of the PLC heritage and preservation activities across the West Somerset Railway The person appointed will work closely with all the Friends Groups, "family" organizations across the WSR and relevant external bodies to maintain and develop the heritage and preservation work of the PLC.

This is a voluntary role undertaken in a hybrid management and then subsequently in a non-executive capacity within the new corporate structure being designed and implemented across the PLC and is in addition to the corporate board responsibilities of a PLC Director.

Specific Responsibilities
  1. To lead the PLC policy work at Board level that maintains, restores and enhances the preservation of the WSR heritage in conjunction with all relevant stakeholders on the railway.
  2. To oversee the PLC strategic intention to view the existing buildings and structures on the built railway as if they were listed at Grade 2 status. This will require a clear policy on historical appearance, approach to modification and overall visual impact of the WSR to the enthusiast and general visitor alike.
  3. To identify and develop proposals for maintaining and preserving traditional railway working practices [including making essential alterations and engineering techniques] and through OEC, the management team and the railway family, to progressively oversee the implementation of these principles and requirements across railway
  4. Working with OEC, the management team and stakeholder organizations, to develop a policy on acquisitions and disposals. Once approved by the PLC Board and endorsed by other organizations, to oversee implementation.
  5. To develop PLC policy and a plan on archiving. To coordinate this with other stakeholders and to prepare proposals for implementation.
  6. To undertake an advisory role on heritage and preservation in respect of all major projects undertaken by the PLC, and where invited, by other railway organizations.
  7. To develop effective relationships with bodies such as HRA to draw on best practice and guidance in relation to heritage and preservation and to apply learning where appropriate to the WSR.
  8. To establish a historical artefacts asset register and to make arrangements for its maintenance within the PLC.
  9. To provide regular reports to the Board and relevant Committees as required.

As a member of the Board, the Director Inward Investment will be expected to fulfil the statutory duties of a PLC Director which include:

  1. To ensure that WSR PLC complies with its governing document, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations.
  2. To ensure that WSR PLC pursues its objects as defined in its governing document.
  3. To ensure WSR PLC uses its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objects: the company must not spend money on activities which are not included in its own objects or corporate plan, no matter how worthwhile those activities are.
  4. To contribute actively to the Board's role in giving firm strategic direction to WSR PLC, setting overall policy, defining goals and setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets.
  5. To safeguard the good name and values of WSR PLC.
  6. To ensure the effective and efficient administration of WSR PLC.
  7. To ensure the financial stability of WSR PLC.
  8. To protect and manage the property of the company and to ensure the proper investment of the company's funds.
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