GWSR plc Director Profiles

Richard Johnson - Chairman and Company Secretary

I joined the railway in 1981; initially as a member of the team rescuing Merchant Navy 35006 from Barry.

After six years working on that project, I joined the Loco Department for a short time, before graduating to the Carriage & Wagon department which was just taking up residence at Winchcombe in the old goods shed.

I was asked to become the head of the Carriage & Wagon department in 1999; a post I held for 18 years. I joined the board as Company Secretary in 2014, and in late 2017 was invited to become Chairman; a position which I was very privileged to accept.

In my role as Chairman I shall do all I can to ensure the continuing development of the GWSR; to further our aim to become one of the premier heritage railways in the country.


Richard Winstanley - Finance Director

I joined the Steam Department in 2015 after a fire and drive experience day on 3850.  I consider it a privilege to volunteer alongside many experienced and passionate steam enthusiasts who, at the end of a day, can still crack a joke when covered head-to-toe in soot and oil!


Graham Radband - Commercial Director

As Commercial Director, my role is to encourage visitors to come to the railway and to ensure that whilst they are here they have an enjoyable time. We want everyone to come back time and time again and recommend us to their friends.


Iain Gray – Safety Director

I am a Chartered Engineer with over 40 years' experience in the nuclear industry. My latter working years were spent as a nuclear safety regulator, providing me with good knowledge of health and safety law, and its enforcement. I was introduced to the railway by my wonderful wife buying me a fire and drive experience for a special birthday. I bumped into the recruitment team in Cheltenham shortly before retirement and became a member the next day. I also volunteer as a travelling ticket inspector and a steward with Railway Catering Services.


Peter Muir - Civil Engineering Director

I have responsibility for the Civil Engineering department which is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the railway's infrastructure. This includes stations, platforms, ancillary buildings, bridges and signal boxes, embankments, trackside drainage and lineside clearance and fencing.


Ian Stewart - Volunteer Resources Director

As the Volunteer Resources Director (essentially the personnel officer) I oversee volunteer requirements across the railway, advise on legislation and best practice relating to volunteering, and assist in helping to resolve personnel issues.

I work closely with the Safeguarding Officer, Work Permits Secretary, the Volunteer Recruitment Team and the Volunteer Liaison Officer. Together we support all the volunteers on the railway.


Alan Miller – Permanent Way Director & IT

All my life I have had a passionate interest in transport and trains and joining the GWSR has allowed me to enjoy my hobby in a practical and rewarding way.

I have been a volunteer since 2002 mainly as part of the Permanent Way team.

In 2016 I was privileged to become a director of the GWSR Plc.

The Permanent Way department is responsible for providing a safe operational permanent way for all railway operations, meeting the requirements of the railway as agreed by the Board.

Since the end of 2017 I have taken on the role of projects director acting as liaison between the board and those involved in the various construction projects around the railway.

I am also IT director, the aim being to improve the way we use computing and software across all departments. 


Richard Summers – Retail Services Director & Cross Board Director

I hold one of the two seats on the GWSR board nominated by the GWRT.  The trust, being the largest single shareholder in the GWSR and the organisation that all volunteers are required to join before they may work on the railway, is invited to nominate two of its own directors to sit on the GWSR board.  With my fellow cross-board director I provide a link between the two organisations so that our efforts in fund raising, volunteer recruitment and promotion of the railway are focused to best advantage.  Normally these posts do not carry a portfolio; however, in view of my experience gained over twenty years with the railway’s catering services, I report to the board on matters concerning the retail and catering service businesses.


Glyn Cornish – Cross Board Director

I first volunteered on GWR in 2002, joining the Permanent Way Department; I also joined Railway Catering Services and later trained as a DMU driver. Also upon my retirement, I became Membership Secretary and a Director of GWRT in 2008, Chairman of GWRT at the beginning of 2015 and a Cross-Board Director of GWSR Plc shortly afterwards.