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The organisation of The Boiler and Engineering Training Trust - BESTT


BESTT - brings together all of the main steam heritage sectors and its board includes:


Patrons -

Gordon Newton - Chairman - Engineering experience. Previous owner of Israel Newton & Sons Ltd. Now boiler consultant. Member of The National Code of Practice - HM Railway Inspectorate.

Member Institute of Welding


Henry Cleary - Lives in South London and is involved with transport heritage and in particular the maritime sector through preservation of VIC 56, a steam powered naval victualling craft with a Cochran vertical boiler, which he acquired from MoD in 1978. He is a Director and Trustee of the Maritime Heritage Trust and retired from the senior civil service in 2011.

Bill Hillier - Director of the HRA. Chairman of both the Operating & Safety and Rail Cableways committees. The terms of reference of those committees give an indication of the responsibilities of these roles. He chairs the joint ORR / HRA Boiler Working Group on boiler maintenance.

Founder Director of the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway, and Company Secretary for over 25 years.

Chartered Engineer he is qualified in both electronics and management. He has many years’ experience as a Director of a major electronics company and was responsible for Research Council funding of manufacturing research at Universities for ten years.


Anthony Hunt - Trained as mechanical engineer and became director of national companies. Developed own company specialising in mechanical power transmission drives. Owner of traction engine. Past president of The Road Locomotive Society.


Robert James Garnett - Trained as a sea going marine engineering officer. Joined an insurance company as an engineer surveyor specialising in high pressure boilers. Now at head office specialising in technical support for boilers. Involved in steam preservation owning road going steam engines. Member of The National Traction Engine Trust General Council. Member of The Office of Rail Regulators Boiler Code of Practice Committee.


David Morgan - Chairman of HRA. Chairman of Great Central Railway Plc and Deputy Chairman of the West Somerset Railway. His longest railway involvement has been with the North Norfolk Railway of which he is now President, having originally joined its Board in 1968. Founder President of the European Federation of Museum and Tourist Railways (FEDECRAIL) and the World Association of Tourist Trams and Trains (WATTRAINS).


Andrew Semple - International Harvester Business Manager. Degree Agriculture Science, CEO own business - Plastic Injection Moulding. Maintaining and driving rail and road steam locomotives.

National Traction Engine Trust, Chairman now President. Deputy Chairman of BESTT.


Lawrence Donaldson - Qualified Incorporated Engineer with a mechanical and Quality Assurance background in the nuclear power industry. Worked in railway preservation for the last 21 years at several railways. He is a former Locomotive Manager at the KESR. He now works assisting the responsible person for assuring the safety of boilers on the KESR. He is a member of the HRA/ORR Boiler Code of Practice committee.


Nick Beilby - Qualified as an Incorporated Engineer and became a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Chartered Management Institute. Worked for British Rail for 20 years and was Resident Engineer (Newcastle) for the ECML electrification. Worked for Railtrack and Network Rail for 14 years being responsible for Buildings and structure maintenance. Since 2009 acted in a voluntary role as Project Manager for NYMR. Has educational experience, especially in science and technology, working in schools and colleges.


John Reddyhoff - Railway rolling stock engineer with over 40 years experience with British Rail and a major rolling stock owner in depot, fleet and project management. Volunteer and Chief Mechanical Engineer of the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway. Chartered Engineer and  Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.


David Fearnside - Chartered Accountant and BESTT Treasurer.


Hugh Harkett - Director of North Norfolk Railway and the Heritage Railway Association.

Supporting Organisations

Llangollen RailwayIsrael Newton & Sons LimitedShipshape NetworkMaritime Heritage TrustSAFed - The Safety Assessment FederationNational Railway MuseumHeritage Railway AssociationSevern Valley RailwaySouth Devon RailwayAvon Valley RailwayLeeds & District Traction Engine ClubEmbsay Railway

Corporate Members

Patrimoine Ferrorviaire et Toursime Asbl.

MONS, Belgium

Heritage Railway Association


Hatch Hertitage & Steam Engineers Ltd

SWINDON

National Traction Engine Trust




North Norfolk Railway PLC

SHERINGHAM

Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway

NEW ROMNEY, Kent

Leighton Buzzard N.G. Railway


Beamish Museum

BEAMISH, Co. Durham

Epping-Ongar Railway

NORTH WEALD

NBR Engineering Services Ltd

SCARBOROUGH



Locomotive Owners Group (Scotland) Ltd

EDINBURGH

Keighley & Worth Valley Railway

HAWORTH



 Leeds & District Traction Engine Club

LEEDS

Flying Scotsman Trust

HENLEY ON THAMES

Road Roller Association


Graham Morris Engineering Ltd

DAVENTRY

The Flour Mill Ltd

BREAM, Glos



Spa Valley Railway

TUNBRIDGE WELLS, Kent

Embsay & Bolton Abbey Railway  

BOLTON ABBEY



The Flour Mill Bluebell Railway National Traction Engine Trust