New managing director required to stoke the engine of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway

A vision for the future using transportation from the past will be one of the core skills of whoever steps into the driving seat of the world’s most popular heritage railway, where the imminent retirement of Philip Benham from the North Yorkshire Moors Railway will create an exciting opportunity for its new managing director.

“Philip has been a huge asset to the railway for almost 11 years, and has combined his own love of anything that runs on rails with running a self-sustaining visitor attraction, building an operational team of professional heritage railway specialists that is unrivalled in this country,” comments Andrew Mead, PLC Chair .  “With Philip’s retirement, we are now in the position where we are looking for a new managing director who, building on Philip’s achievements, can develop the NYMR in more of a direction as a vibrant heritage tourism business, increasing our income so that we can continue to grow and improve the visitor experience on the railway.”

Primarily based at Pickering, where the railway has its main base, the managing director will be responsible for the day-to-day operation of the business, from ensuring that all health and safety policies are up-to-date, liaising with external organisations and developing the railway’s business plan, to co-ordinating staff and the hundreds of volunteers who help run the visitor attraction. 

“NYMR has both a board of charitable trustees and a board of the PLC, so the managing director will be the primary liaison between the business and the boards.  Although an enthusiasm for engines is a bonus, this is a strategic and business management role, so no prior experience of managing a railway is necessary,” says Andrew.

The whistle will be blown to close applications on Tuesday 31 March 2015, with more information about the role and details for how to apply available online at


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Jay Commins

Pyper York Limited

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