Allatt quits as Tornado builder chairman


MARK Allatt, one of the best-known figures in the heritage sector today, has stood down as chairman of Tornado builder The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust after 16 years.

Mark Allatt’s proudest moment as chairman of The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust came on February 19, 2009 when, at York station, he accompanied Prince Charles and Camilla for the official naming of No. 60163 Tornado. ROBIN JONES

He told trustees that he wants to devote his time to building the seventh Gresley P2, No. 2007 Prince of Wales, and has become its project director.

Mark, who has been responsible for the trust’s marketing for the past 26 years, will continue as a trustee.

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In addition to his leadership of the P2 Project, for which he will prioritise public relations, fundraising and marketing, he will also continue to have oversight of and contribute to the rest of the trust’s PR, marketing and fundraising activities, as well as playing an important role in the trust’s strategic planning across all of its commitments, said a statement.

David Elliott will continue to lead the engineering and Graeme Bunker the operations and commercial aspects of the P2 Project. Graeme will be expanding his existing role as chairman of the Tornado Steam Traction Executive, which manages the operation of Tornado.

He will lead all of No. 60163’s support activities, assisted by Lt Col Huw Parker as deputy operations director and David Wright of Locomotive Maintenance Services as running engineer.

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