Nick Ralls

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Nick Ralls joined the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society as General Manager of both SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society(H) and the Guarantee Company on 25 June 2007. The previous incumbent Colin Binch was succeeded by an Executive Committee of Roger Smith, Mike Ball and Tony Bending until Mr Ralls started. He was succeeded by Helen Smith.

Prior to the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society

Previously he was Curator/Manager of Aston Hall in Birmingham, part of Birmingham Museums Service. Before this, he carried out a similar role at Rufford Old Hall in Lancashire for the National Trust, working as Property Manager. He worked in the heritage and volunteer sector since 1997, having qualified with a Masters Degree in Museum Studies from Leicester University.[1]

At the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society

The new GM’s arrival would be less than one week after the worst event in SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society history, the 2007 Storm Damage.[2]. He oversaw the huge rebuilding and restoration operation that followed, which attracted a number of awards. During his tenure the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society opened The Engine House Visitor Centre at Highley, the Diesel Depot and enhanced visitor facilities at Bridgnorth with a refreshment room in authentic GWRGreat Western Railway period style and much improved parking provision. It established the Heritage Skills Training Academy.

Other roles in the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society

He is a volunteer guard.

Departure

In 2019 Mr Ralls resigned to join the Ironbridge Gorge Museums Trust as chief executive, to return to the museum sector.[3]

See also

SVR General Managers

References

  1. SVR Live (Retrieved 4 April 2019)
  2. SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society News 158
  3. Shropshire Live 25 June 2019 (Retrieved 28 June 2019)

Links

SVR Senior Management team on SVR Live