The Severn Valley Railway has announced that is has brought on a new General Manager for its Jubilee year.
Helen Smith has taken over from Nick Ralls, who left to join the Ironbridge Gorge Museums Trust.
Helen’s most recent role was Deputy Director at the Tank Museum, Bovington in Dorset, a £30m Heritage Fund project with over 300 vehicles.
Previously, she has held roles as General Manager at The Fusilier Museum in Bury and Operations Director at the Magna Science Adventure Centre in Rotherham.
Helen joins the Severn Valley Railway in a year where it celebrates the 50th anniversary of its official opening in preservation.
Helen relocated to the area from Dorset before Christmas to enable her to experience the Railway during the festive season
What did the officials say?
“The SVR is an incredibly important attraction for the region and I am thoroughly looking forward to building on the great work that has already been achieved by the team here”
“Taking on the role in this very special year for the railway has even more resonance for me and I can’t wait to lead it into a very bright future, ensuring that it is a fabulous place to work, visit and volunteer.”
Nick Paul CBE, Chair, SVR (Holdings) Board, said:
“I am delighted that Helen has agreed to join us. The decision to appoint her was a unanimous one involving the Boards of both the Holdings and Guarantee Company.
“We are confident that she will build on the strong foundations laid by her predecessor Nick Ralls, and lead us forward on our journey.”
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