West Somerset Railway

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Director: Infrastructure



The Director of Infrastructure will be responsible to the PLC Board via the Chairman. He/she has the lead developmental and policy role on the Board for these activities. 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 infrastructure maintenance, development, and replacement on the West Somerset Railway PLC .The person appointed will work closely with the Chairman and the Board, General Manager and Head of Infrastructure in this regard.

This is a voluntary role undertaken initially in a hybrid management role 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.

  1. To take the policy lead on infrastructure work at Board level on behalf of the PLC working closely with the Chairman, General Manager, and Head of Infrastructure.
  2. To oversee the development of the Infrastructure Plan in line with the strategic objectives of the PLC Corporate Plan. The Infrastructure Plan will cover buildings and facilities, permanent way, lineside and landscape [where the responsibility of the PLC], workforce, equipment, bridges, embankments, cuttings and crossings. The Plan will also address issues around regulation and compliance and access to the railway.
  3. To take the policy responsibility for the development of an infrastructure asset register, its establishment, content and development working with the Head of Infrastructure.
  4. To provide policy advice and support to Board and management team in relation to listed buildings and facilities, their maintenance and compliance with external guidance and requirements.
  5. To work with the Director, Heritage, and Preservation to ensure that there is policy and implementation coherence between infrastructure needs and heritage and preservation requirements on the railway.
  6. To develop effective links with relevant external bodies including Network Rail, Heritage Rail Association, other preserved railways, local authorities, Environment Agency and others as appropriate. To make recommendations and coordinate the application of learning around best practice in infrastructure management as required.
  7. To provide a policy focus for discussions with other WSR railway family organizations together with local landowners on the wider issues around infrastructure. To ensure that these are reflected in the day-to-day planning and management of the railway.
  8. To support the Head of Infrastructure in the development of a workforce plan as part of the overall corporate approach to workforce development. In parallel, to help identify the future volunteer requirements around infrastructure and to ensure that these are built into the plan.
  9. To work with the Finance Director and Head of Infrastructure and General Manager on the development of a long-term infrastructure capital programme with hypothecated budgets for medium term programmes of work. To advocate for these within normal Board discussions on plans and finance. To identify opportunities for the Director Inward Investment in terms of potential external funding.
  10. To support the Head of infrastructure in the development and maintenance of common sets of standards for infrastructure management, including condition monitoring, inspection and assessment and to provide assurance to the Board that these are being applied. These include policies and procedures as appropriate covering both infrastructure activities but also areas such as emission control, use of fuels and non-disposable materials, waste disposal [including hazardous materials], noise management, and abatement.
  11. To provide regular reports to the Board as required.

As a member of the Board, the Director Infrastructure 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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