Following some recent retirements from the Board of Directors of our trading subsidiary (The Avon Valley Railway Company Ltd) we are currently looking for several people to join and help provide strategic oversight of the railway’s day to day operations. As a statutory railway body we require individuals with relevant skills and experience, but we welcome applications from all backgrounds.
We are currently recruiting for
One Board meeting per month and full day strategy days, plus as much practical support you feel able to give to the team
Infrastructure Director (Voluntary)
We’re looking for someone to provide strategic oversight of our permanent way and associated lineside infrastructure (buildings & structures, bridges & embankments, drainage & culverts, signalling, fencing and arboriculture).
You’ll set the standards for inspection and maintenance to ensure the railway assets are effectively cared for and support the team to successfully discharge the requirements of the railway’s Safety Management System. You’ll also develop processes to ensure tasks are always undertaken by competent people and help grow the size of the volunteer workforce to make this happen.
• Knowledge of, maintenance of infrastructure, ideally in a railway or similarly complex environment.
•Strong leadership skills with ability to manage and motivate staff teams
•Able to successfully articulate infrastructure and maintenance information to non-technically-minded
It would be preferable if you’re an affiliate of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Structural Engineers or similar, and attend regular continual professional development activity to ensure you’re aware of current best practice. An IOSH Managing Safely or similar qualification would also be helpful in demonstrating a level of management capability.
Engineering Director (Voluntary)
We’re looking for someone to support the existing staff and volunteer teams to successfully discharge the requirements of the railway’s Safety Management System pertaining to engineering. This will include inspections, maintenance and overhaul of locomotives and all forms of passenger, freight and maintenance vehicles at the Avon Valley Railway, ensuring they are fit for traffic as required.
We’ll also look for you to create an inspection and recording regime of all Engineering assets and set and manage standards of maintenance works including scoping and budgeting planned works, oversight as these take place and handover once complete. Ensure these processes align, support and form part of the Safety Management System.
• Knowledge of engineering, ideally in a railway or similarly complex environment.
• Strong leadership skills with ability to manage and motivate staff teams
• Able to successfully articulate engineering and maintenance information to non-technically-minded individuals.
It would be good if you’re an affiliate of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers or similar, and attend regular continual professional development activity (preferable) and have attended IOSH Managing Safely or similar.
Please read the Role Profile and the Roles & Responsibilities of a Director documents to find out more about either of these roles. We then invite applications by CV and covering letter to John Lanchester, the AVRCo Chair at email@example.com
Applications will be reviewed by the Board, with selected candidates invited for formal interview and background checks completed.