Meet the management team
Running the Shillingstone project takes a great deal of work and we depend on the generosity of our band of volunteer workers who give their time to help build, restore and maintain the station. Supporting and guiding them is a team of Trustees and Managers and the following will help you put faces to names when you visit us and tell you a bit about who does what ...
Geoffrey BakerExecutive Committee Trustee
I've been a volunteer at Shillingstone for about 5 years. I recently retired after a lifetime involved in the engineering industry. I have dealt with the repair and restoration of everything from lawnmowers to vintage tanks at Bovington and have experience with Poole's dock shunters and, at the other end of the scale, tuning engines for high performance rally cars. As well as the practical side of engineering, I have been involved in administration activities since apprentice days, and I am looking forward to using these skills to help the trust move forward.
I qualified as a Chartered Accountant back in 1973 and have been a Life member of the Trust since 2016. Since the beginning of 2017, I have been a trustee and Treasurer of the North Dorset Railway Trust (NDRT) I consider myself a well-rounded financial manager over a period of 40 years with a broad progressive experience of accounting, auditing and banking. I have worked for a number of companies of various sizes and disciplines in senior financial positions.
I come from a family who worked on the Somerset & Dorset Railway and I travelled on the line as a boy. My background is in historical and literary studies. I have a cultural interest in trains and wish to help implement an operational heritage railway at Shillingstone. I have served on a variety of management committees at village, local and regional level in voluntary and private organisations. This is an exciting and transitional time for the Trust and I am delighted to be a part of the team.
Colin FisherSecretary and Trustee
Many of you will have met me volunteering in our station cafe and this role gives me the opportunity to interact with both the Wednesday and the weekend volunteer teams as well as our many other members and visitors. I passionately believe that project has already had a very positive influence on many people and this is something I want to develop in my role as Trust Secretary. I am already involved in a range of voluntary roles which has given me a broad experience of management.
Ian HarringtonExecutive Committee Trustee
I have been a trustee since 2013 and I believe I have made a difference to the running of the railway involving safety, good practice and promoting the value of the railway. I was one of the original founders of the NDRT in 1998 and have worked for heritage railways for over 36 years, including the Glos/Warks, East Somerset, Avon Valley and at Midsomer Norton. My main skills are carriage and wagon restoration but I turn my hand to most things.
Patrick LawExecutive Committee Trustee
Now retired, I worked as a legal adviser in a Magistrates' court. I also owned and ran a village post office stores in Dorset for 7 years. I joined the Trust in 2013 and began volunteering in 2014. I'd previously worked on the Bodmin & Wenford Railway in Cornwall, working on the track and their GWR loco. The skills I bring to Shillingstone are both administrative and physical. I take part in most activities such as gardening, shop and general labouring as well as office work.
Derek Lester-JonesRetail Manager and Trustee
This is someone you are almost certain to meet if you visit the station at the weekend. Derek runs the well-stocked shop in the station building. Not just in but often spilling out on to the platform with rails of tee-shirts, stacks of books and other items you simply can’t do without. During the week, Derek is a teacher in the Portsmouth area where he lives so we are very lucky to have a helper like him who is willing to make the journey to and from Shillingstone every week.
Yvonne ThorneChair and Trustee
I joined the NDRT to become involved in a local project, not far from home and to contribute to something very different to my 'day job' as head of operational resilience and registered manager of DCUK, both requiring me to be a registered nurse. I have been volunteering for the trust for four years supporting retail manager, Derek Lester-Jones, within the cafe and shop. More recently I have taken on the role of administration of medical records for the volunteer workforce.
Alan WisemanMembership Secretary, Magazine Editor and Trustee
Most members will know me as membership secretary and editor of Platform magazine, roles that I have carried out since 2010. Now 65 and retired, my professional career saw me starting as a bank official with Midland Bank (now HSBC). After the bank’s rationalisation in the late 1980s, I joined local transport and distribution company as an administrator. I became freelance in 1994 and worked for a number of organisations including the Guild of Fine Food Retailers in Gillingham. When I’m not busy with railway work, my interests include country sports, photography, travel and walking our Jack Russell dog, Poppy. My wife Christine and I can often be seen along the trailway at weekends.