Mike Ball

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Michael Ernest (Mike) Ball (b. November 1943) was chairman of SVR(H) between 2021 and 2023, in succession to Nick Paul and in turn succeeded by Chris Walton. He is a Vice President of SVRSevern Valley Railway(H).

Mike worked for Honeywell of the USA and for Bull of France in a career spanning 35 years. Prior to taking early retirement Mike’s role was Bull’s Director of Customer Services for the UK and Ireland, a multi-million pound business with a staff of some 800 people.

He joined the Railway as a volunteer in 1986. He was chairman of the operating committee for seven years and was heavily involved in the fundraising following the 2007 storm damage, becoming a director. He became deputy chairman in 2011. He subsequently led the development of the SVRSevern Valley Railway’s working relationships with main line train operating companies.

He was one of a group of three volunteers, with Roger Smith and Tony Bending, who stood in for the general manager before Nick Ralls was appointed in 2007.

He was also a director of the guarantee company between 26 July 2003 and 18 March 2014. On succeeding Nick Paul, he also became a director of the SVR Charitable Trust[1].

See also


  1. Companies House (Retrieved 24 January 2022)


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