John Haslam has been appointed to the new position of
operations manager and Andy Matthews has been appointed permanent way manager
for the South Devon Railway Trust. Both report directly to general manager
Mr Haslam’s responsibilities centre on the operation of
the railway in a safe and efficient manner. He will also be acting in a
supporting role for the general manager. Up to his new appointment, he
spent his entire working life in local government and was latterly principal
support services officer for South Hams District Council, with responsibilities
including VAT, treasury management and the management of the authority’s
insurance portfolio. On the railway, he has recently led the revision of
the rule book.
Mr Haslam, 53, who lives in Torquay, is a life long railway
enthusiast who first became involved with the South Devon line in 1972.
As a volunteer on the railway, he has worked in a range of roles encompassing
signalman, guard, booking office clerk and on the permanent way.
“This new position is a huge challenge and is part of
the SDR’s establishment of a strengthened management team, comprising Richard
Elliott, general manager, Andy Matthews with responsibility for permanent
way and workshop manager Rob Le Chevalier.
“Through the experienced I gained in risk management and
managing the district council’s insurance portfolio, I have a good understanding
of the fundamentals of the concepts of managing public spaces. On the railway,
I will be able to combine my operating knowledge and experience with my
experience of safety and procedural systems.”
Andy Matthews, 39, who lives in Paignton, has responsibility
for the maintenance and renewal of the line’s trackwork, which is in the
process of receiving a major upgrade. Mr Matthews was previously employed
by Wessex Trains and the Paignton and Dartmouth Railway. He has been a
volunteer on the South Devon line since the 1970s.
The railway is open from March to October and can be contacted
on 0843 357 1420
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