A new Resource Planning Group has been formed under the direction of Richard Drewitt, Resource Planning Director for the GWSR Plc.
The group has eight members. The purpose of the group is to lead on planning across the whole railway with the following specific functions:
To maintain a dynamic 5-year plan which will focus initially on the extension of the railway to Broadway.
To make reasoned strategic development proposals for Board approval based on researched and costed plans developed in consultation with all departments.
To recommend development priorities to support the agreed strategic objectives.
Each member of the group has been assigned to specific departments with regards to liaison and consultation on planning matters.
Richard Drewitt C&W, BAG, Heritage Group
Steve Price Steam & Diesel
Roger Bigg Buildings & Services, Friends Groups & Commercial/Marketing
Bob Mackintosh Finance, Operations (Timetabling)
Virginia Hawkins Stations, OTC & Trackside Maintenance
Keith Newman Guards & TTI's, Fire Dept.
Iain Gould S&T and Signalmen
Adrian Kenny P/Way, Bridges & Structures
The first task of the group will be to focus on current issues and provide planning support to ensure sustainability of current operations. Following this, the main task will be to prepare for Broadway by looking at the detailed needs of all departments against the business development criteria.
Planning group members will be making contact with department managers within the next two weeks to start the process of consultation and information gathering for the planning process. The group will be consulting with all departments to gather as many views as possible, from as many volunteers as possible, in order to form a detailed plan with all angles considered. To assist this process department members are requested to channel their suggestions for planning matters through their department head or manager.
The purpose of the planning group is not to make decisions on what projects should take place or to run any specific projects. The group will advise and make recommendations to the Board who will decide on strategy and development priorities. One of the functions of the group will be helping departments to identify and find ways of accessing the resources they need to both continue current levels of operations and to be able to support the increased demands on services when the Broadway extension is open. The group will also facilitate the coordination of resource allocation between departments in order to achieve the best outcome for the railway as a whole.
We all look forward to receiving input from your departments and to a close working relationship in the coming months and years.