Council Business Co-Ordinator


The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust (A1SLT) is an educational charity which exists to build classes of ex-London & North Eastern Railway (LNER) main line steam locomotive which are long extinct for operation on Network Rail and on heritage railways.  Based in a historic building in Darlington, the Trust has already completed and operates a Peppercorn class A1 express passenger steam locomotive,  No. 60163 Tornado – the first new main line steam locomotive to be built in Britain for over 50 years – and is in the process of building what will be the UK’s most powerful steam locomotive, a Gresley class P2 No. 2007 Prince of Wales.  Plans are also being drawn up to construct a new member of Sir Nigel Gresley’s last design, a class V4 No. 3403.

The Trust is controlled by a Council, led by Chairman Steve Davies MBE.  It is also supported by various technical and commercial advisers who come together periodically for Board meetings.  A small paid staff provide administrative support, engineering capability and commercial capacity.  There now exists a vacancy for a business coordinator, working to the Chairman, to regulate, control and generally bring procedural discipline to the Council and Board’s workload.  The role will not be remunerated (all Council members are volunteers) but reasonable travel expenses will be paid.  The A1SLT is an extremely professional, exciting and ambitious group and the successful candidate should be motivated to be associated with such a leading-edge railway heritage body.  

The Role

  • Develop a full understanding of the Council, its objectives, its outputs and its current business load; engender a relationship of mutual trust with members.
  • Control and publish meeting dates etc.
  • Gather and publish agenda items.
  • Ensure the mechanics of supporting meetings are in place, coordinating with the Trust’s paid staff and office manager when necessary.
  • Stage manage meetings and take and publish the minutes.
  • Monitor and where necessary influence the successful delivery of actions agreed at meetings.
  • Ensure that records of business are efficiently stored and archived, and are readily accessible.
  • Bring your personal experience to bear in recommending more efficient ways of coordinating the Trust’s charitable objectives.
  • Act as Company Secretary to the charity and its subsidiary companies.

Person Spec

The role would suit someone with experience of business management and coordination.  A cheerful disposition is essential in order to harmonise with a tight-knit Council, as is complete discretion as the successful candidate will be privy, at times, to commercially and personally sensitive information.  Although not essential, living in the north east would be an advantage.

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