ELR Board Vacancies

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ELR Board Appointments

We are currently looking to fill two important volunteer ELR Board vacancies (unpaid).


The award winning East Lancashire Railway (a registered charity) now enjoys the accolade as one of the top tourist attractions in the North West of England and is currently the 2nd largest paid attraction in Greater Manchester, welcoming over 200,000 visitors in 2016. The Heritage railway is responsible for operating services along its 12 miles of track with seven stations. With over 750 working volunteers we are a successful volunteer led organisation achieving a turnover around £4 million.

The role of Board Director is very rewarding but challenging with a great opportunity for someone, with senior management experience to help us sustain but importantly further develop the infrastructure, customer and operational facilities along the railway.

The successful candidate is someone who is likely to be able to demonstrate a successful commercial or operational or engineering or strategic or business management track record, whilst having the character and personality to engage internally and externally to work with staff, volunteers and an extensive range of external partners?

The ELR has embarked on a modernising programme to improve its strategic planning capabilities; engineering, operational, and business administration infrastructures. As a Director on the Board you will part of a committed team to oversee the successful completion of these programmes, whilst protecting and preserving the importance of our proud railway heritage, its culture and values.

Infrastructure Director

The maintenance of the heritage railway’s infrastructure is a safety critical function ensuring all operational aspects of running trains is safe at all times.

The Infrastructure Director working with Signalling and Permanent Way managers/supervisors are responsible for this crucial infrastructure. Whilst effective oversight in the role will be key to delivering on the ELR’s business objectives the post holder will be required to maintain a relationship with Chairman, General Manager and those ‘front-line’ colleagues that promotes autonomy and entrustment of authority sufficient to successfully deliver the day-to-day management of this new department.

Have you the skill, experience and time to represent and support our front-line P Way and Signalling teams? If you have and would like to know more please contact Mike Kelly, Chair of ELLRCo.

Call 0161 764 6955 or by e mail to chair@eastlancsrailway.co.uk

Development Director

The development of the Heritage railway infrastructure is an important function in looking forward.

The Development Director, working with the Chair, ELR Board and General Manager would develop appropriate strategies that protect, preserve heritage but crucially, create new schemes which meet the growth and commercial needs of the Company going forward. In addition, make recommendations for development projects that offer opportunities for revenue growth and make bids for capital expenditure.

The portfolio will also be responsible for leading on any agreed grant funding applications and seeing these through to application and if successful liaising with appropriate funding organisations/partners and where necessary securing match funding.

Have you the skill, experience and time to support the Board  in this crucial area of ‘blue sky’ thinking through to implementation? If you have and would like to know more please contact Mike Kelly, Chair of ELLRCo.

Call 0161 764 6955 or by e mail to chair@eastlancsrailway.co.uk



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