I am pleased and delighted to announce the appointment of Tracey Parkinson as our new General Manager.
Tracey has a longstanding history with railways, which started when she won a Footplate Experience on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway and following that began volunteering. Since then she has worked as the Marketing Officer at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, Train Services Manager at the National Railway Museum, UK Operations Manager for the Railway Touring Company, Information Controller at National Rail Communications Centre and Customer Relationship Manager at Hull Trains. Tracey will be joining the East Lancashire Railway from the Talyllyn Railway, in North West Wales, where she served as their General Manager.
Mike Kelly, East Lancashire Railway Chairman, said: “The railway has seen significant growth over the past few years, with record visitor numbers, new events and ambitious developments and expansions, something which we expect to continue going forward; therefore it was essential that we appointed the right person as General Manager to lead us during the exciting times that lie ahead.
Tracey has a deep-rooted relationship with heritage and mainline railways and is immensely knowledgeable and passionate about the industry. Tracey is also a volunteer Fireman on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. She will bring with her a wealth of experience and some inspiring ideas which will be of great benefit to us at the ELR. We look forward to welcoming her to our team in July.”
Miss Parkinson, said: “I have fond recollections of times spent on the ELR and I am delighted to be joining the railway. I look forward to the opportunities and challenges that the role will bring”.