Christina has a Masters Degree in Business Administration and was a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Secretaries. Christina has run her own consultancy business for over 25 years. Before her retirement from consultancy work, she worked at Board level acting as Company Secretary in a variety of listed companies: AIM, top 250 and overseas companies with a secondary listing. She also held roles as a non-executive director, being chair of remuneration and audit committees.
Christina’s industry experience is wide ranging and includes manufacturing, leisure and service companies. Her specialism was Corporate Governance, and she continues to provide support for governance issues in her capacity as trustee and volunteer in charitable and not-for-profit organisations both in the community and the preserved railways, having been involved in the Midland & Great Northern Joint Railway Society, the North Norfolk Railway PLC and the Locomotive Conservation and Learning Trust.
Christina also acts as County Treasurer for Somerset Beekeepers Association; Vice Chairman for Carymoor Environmental Centre, Treasurer for Shepton Mallet Horticultural Society and is Project Co-ordinator and fundraiser/treasurer for Shepton Mallet Snowdrop Festival.
Roger was a time served electronics technician with Rediffusion East Midlands before transferring to the Lichfield branch of Rediffusion Business Electronics where he became Senior Engineer responsible for the activities of a team of service technicians. We covered an area from Aberystwyth in the west, to Norwich in the east, Staffordshire to the north and the borders of Bedfordshire to the south. In 1984, he was responsible for the installation and commissioning of the flight information display system at Birmingham International Airport.
Having moved to Wales in 1985, Roger left Rediffusion to start my own electronics and model business in 1986. He was for a while a full time model maker specialising in 16mm scale narrow gauge battery powered locomotives and then started volunteering at the Bala Lake Railway.
In 1991, Roger was offered the post of Chief Engineer at Bala Lake Railway and in 2001 became the General Manager responsible for all the commercial activities until retiring in 2014. Since then, he has continued to build 16mm models to customers requirements and have developed a successful clock repair service.
Roger was invited to become a trustee in 2013.
- Driver on the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways since 1983
- General Manager of Welsh Highland Light Railway Ltd (Caernarfon - Rhyd Ddu) and Welsh Highland Railway Construction Ltd (Rhyd Ddu - Porthmadog)
- Founder of Highrail Systems Ltd
Roland has been apppointed as the Project Manager for the Red Dragon Project and is also acting as a consultant engineer.
Narrow-gauge railways are not new to Roland; he became a fireman on the Ffestiniog Railway when he was 15 in early 1971, progressing to Driver by 1983. From 1991 he lead the project to complete the rebuild of Palmerston, an original Ffestiniog Locomotive. Taliesin, a single Fairlie, on the FfR was one of Roland's next projects, completed in 1999.
Roland was the General Manager of Welsh Highland Light Railway Ltd (Caernarfon - Rhyd Ddu), then Welsh Highland Railway Construction Ltd (Rhyd Ddu - Porthmadog), which were wholly owned subsidiaries of the Ffestiniog Railway Company and setup solely to build the Welsh Highland Railway.
In 2006, Roland started Highrail Systems, making certain items of infrastructure and equipment for the WHR and other railways. This included Train Operated Trailable Points, RRM's (Roland's Rail Movers), trap-point actuation equipment at Cae Pawb (the WHR/Network Rail Flat Crossing) and the conversion to Coal Firing of Merddin Emrys. MicroETS is a 9-year project approaching completion. This system allows electric token machines to be connected by the internet rather than miles of vunerable and expensive lineside cabling.
There are many other people involved with the Bala Lake Railway Trust and the Red Dragon Project to deliver the extension of the Bala Lake Railway:
The Bala Lake Railway Trust is a charity registered in England and Wales, registration number 1151841. Please contact the Trust via Julian Birley:
The Bala Lake Railway is operated by Rheilffordd Llyn Tegid Ltd, a company registered in England and Wales, registration number 01055353: