West Somerset Railway plc Chairman Jonathan Jones Pratt has announced a number of significant staff changes today (Thursday 29 November) with two new appointments in key roles and a significant, sad departure too.
WSR plc Head of Finance, Finance Director and Company Secretary Richard Maw has resigned from all three posts he held with immediate effect for personal reasons.
Joining the WSR team in April 2017, originally as Head of Finance, Richard then worked very hard within a short period of time to quickly become a valued and well-respected colleague. His experience and financial expertise then saw him take on the role to line manage the Commercial Department, and his efforts within this area have been greatly appreciated.
In the early part of 2018, he was co-opted to the plc Board to carry out the role of Finance Director and, later the same year, also became the plc Company Secretary.
Commenting about his departure, Richard Maw said: “The period from when I first joined the Board has been both interesting and, at times, enjoyable, but there is still a lot of work to be done. I offer the Chairman, the current and future Directors, my best wishes in all their endeavours to get the railway back on track. I will continue to look on the WSR favourably and may yet return in due course as a volunteer.”
Jonathan Jones Pratt added: “Richard Maw has been a true, professional asset to this company, and he will be missed greatly by his colleagues, but I respect his decision to resign and the WSR will move forward of course. But, as testament to his commitment before he left the company, Richard played his part in the appointments of two new members of staff which I am delighted to announce today.”
“Danny Scroggins, known to many already via HOPS (Heritage Operating Processing System) will be joining the WSR soon as our Safety and Compliance Officer and his role will include a full review of our SMS and other Safety reviews, and to ensure best practice standards are achieved, as well as ensuring a smooth introduction to the HOPS system on the WSR. This role clearly demonstrates the WSR’s commitment to safety and investment, and to build a strong credible team that will deliver high end results.
“And Bob Meanley, well known from his sterling work over the last quarter century at Tyseley loco works, will also be joining the WSR team too as Acting Chief Mechanical Engineer. His appointment is one of the first steps in our high-level restructuring plan begun recently on the WSR. Bob is no stranger to the heritage railway industry, and he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to us. Bob’s wide skill set will offer stability and engineering professionalism that will support the West Somerset Railway on our journey towards best practice during 2019, and which will secure the status of the West Somerset Railway as a premier railway which sets the standards for others to follow. “