Since announcing my intention to retire on the 30th April next year the Company Board have been giving a great deal of thought as to how the management team may be reshaped to keep our enterprise striding forward and cope with the ever increasing demands that growth and legislation places upon us.
The following appointments have been made which will be fully implemented on 1st May although there will be a gradual transition over the next four months.
Mike Evans will be Managing Director with all functional managers reporting to him and he in turn to the Board of WyvernRail plc. Mike will retain the roles of Operations Manager and responsibility for the fleet of locomotives, diesel multiple units, carriages and wagons.
Mick Thomas will undertake the role of Infrastructure Manager responsible for our permanent way and our many structures as we assume full responsibility for these from Network Rail.
Anton Shone will take over responsibility for Catering both static and on train together with the presentation of our stations and outside events as Catering, Stations and Events Manager. (Anton will effectively take over the catering responsibility from 1st January)
Leigh Gration will assume responsibility for all "front of house" functions; our Booking Offices and associated accountancy. retail sales, social media and web based marketing with the web shop together with co-coordinating telephone and email enquiries and responses as Commercial Manager.
If re-elected by the share holders at next year's AGM I will remain a Director of the Company with a continued involvement with mytesttrack.com where necessary and retain my interest by training as a driver.
Change will always bring stresses and strains but I trust all of you will give the team every support to ensure the Railway benefits from this opportunity to move forward.