Following a detailed appointment process and interview, the Board of the West Somerset Railway are delighted to announce the appointment of Kerry Noble as permanent General Manager. Kerry will be fully responsible to the Board for the operation, commercial success and development of the railway, and for the management of the staff and volunteers. She will be taking up the post with immediate effect.
Kerry joined the staff of the railway in 2017. She progressed through the roles of administrator, PA to the General Manager, PA to the Chairman, and Assistant General Manager. Prior to joining the railway, she worked in the tourism and catering industry. As Assistant General Manager she has supported the Board in steering the railway through the very difficult period of the Covid Pandemic. The railway is now on a sound footing and about to reopen fully for the first time since 2019.
Kerry who was born and brought up in West Somerset said: I am delighted to have been offered the opportunity to lead the railway on a permanent basis. As with all businesses the railway has been through a lot in the last few years and recovery from the effects of the pandemic continue. We have a wonderful railway and with the support of our dedicated staff & volunteers I know we will ensure a bright and prosperous future.
Jonathan Jones-Pratt, Chairman of the West Somerset Railway Board said:
The Board are very pleased indeed that Kerry has been appointed to the post of General Manager. Kerry has already made a considerable contribution to the development of the railway, and we are sure that in her new role the railway will develop and prosper. The Board offer her our warm good wishes and congratulations on her appointment.