Paul Abell

Former editor of Today’s Railways UK

Paul is a lifelong railway enthusiast, especially after a round trip on the Liverpool Overhead Railway. After a career as an engineering and maths teacher, he became editor of Today’s Railways UK.

Adedoyin Ayoola

Station and community rail reader, Department for Transport

Ade has responsibility for supporting and
promoting community rail development through
the continued delivery of the Community Rail
Development Strategy and engaging with
key stakeholders.

Mark Barker

Chair, Cheshire Best Kept Stations

Mark is a career railwayman now retired after
lengthy service, latterly as client & stakeholder
manager for Northern Rail. He is now chair of
Cheshire Best Kept Stations, a group that
recognises, promotes and rewards the work
of volunteer and community groups at stations
in the former county of Cheshire.

Paul Bigland

Photographer & writer

Paul is a well-known photographer and writer whose career spans 20 years. He works for both the national and international media and companies within the rail industry.

Nicky Forsdike

Railway consultant, Forsdike Associates

Nicky has an extensive background in developing business and marketing plans for railways. In 2018 she completed a PhD at the University of York which explores how rail industry managers know what they know, and why new timetables fail in implementation. Alongside her continued research she teaches marketing, business planning and entrepreneurship at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Bill Freeman

Chief executive, Community Transport Association

Bill has been chief executive of the Community Transport Association since 2013. He leads their staff team and manages relationships with senior politicians, government officials and other national representative bodies and charities. He speaks, writes and tweets regularly on community transport and the association’s wider interest in making passenger transport accessible and inclusive for all. Bill has spent the last 19 years in senior roles in national membership bodies within the UK’s voluntary and community sector, focusing on a diverse range of public policy areas including education, youth services and health.

Jan Garrill

Chief executive, Two Ridings Community Foundation

Jan has been chief executive of the Two Ridings Community Foundation since September 2014. She started her working life in transport with British Rail, Tyne & Wear Passenger Transport Authority and Stagecoach, and held the position of head of communities at Newcastle City Council.

Dominic Lund-Conlon

Head of accessibility and inclusion, Rail Delivery Group

Dominic has worked in transport policy for ten years on a variety of challenges, both customer and strategy focused.  As a person with lived and professional experience, Dominic focuses on inclusive solutions that empower customers to control their journey with confidence and dignity. Recent projects include the Passenger Assist Improvement Programme and supporting Greater Anglia with the design and implementation of the new Stadler Flirt vehicles.

Peter Roberts MBE

Chair Emeritus, Community Rail Network

With a career in transport spanning more than fifty years – public and private sectors, bus and train – Peter has been active in community rail at all levels for the past twenty years. Awarded an MBE for services to rural transport, he was chair of ACoRP from 2003 to 2018. As a writer and historian, he continues his research and publications on rural transport.

Barbara Saunders OBE

Consumer consultant

Barbara is a consumer consultant and past board member of Passenger Focus (now Transport Focus), which represented passengers in the bus and rail sectors. She has considerable experience of complaints handling and regulating professions. Barbara is currently a trustee of the Association of Nutrition and the Academy of Nutrition Sciences. She brings an independent and analytical approach to the judging process.

Andy Savage

Executive director, Railway Heritage Trust

Andy has been the executive director of the Railway Heritage Trust for the last ten years. This post has involved the restoration of the industry’s built heritage and finding new uses for redundant property. Previously deputy chief inspector of Rail Accidents, Andy has always had an interest in railway heritage, with over thirty years as director of the Ffestiniog Railway.

Nik Schofield

Communications & marketing manager, Community Rail Network

Nik is responsible for communications and marketing at Community Rail Network. He has a wealth of experience in advising on visual communication and design from previous roles with charities and local government, which he now applies within the organisation and to its members. Nik also edits Community Rail News and runs Community Rail Network’s social media channels

Chris Selman

Stations & Community rail policy manager, Department for Transport

Chris has been the stations and community rail policy manager at the Department for Transport since May 2021. He previously
worked as the policy lead for the Veterans Railcard and has also advised on HS2 policy. Before working in rail, Chris worked at the
Department for Education, advising on academy funding policy.

Jim Trotman

Former tourism specialist

Jim has been the vice-chair of the Lakes Line in Cumbria since 2018 and has been involved with community rail for many years. When working as tourism manager for Lancaster City Council, he founded the Leeds-Morecambe Community Rail Partnership and spent over seven years as an ACoRP board member. In 2010 he became the community rail officer for the Furness and Lakes lines, working closely with local station groups, councils and Cumbria Tourism during his eight years in this role. Although Jim retired in April 2018, he is still involved at least one day per week.