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Lord Richard Faulkner, President

Richard Faulkner is an active working peer and deputy speaker of the Lords who takes a passionate interest in the railway and railway heritage. He has been president of the HRA since February 2011, and is a former chairman of the Railway Heritage Committee, serving until his ministerial appointment in the government whips’ office in the House of Lords as Lord-in-Waiting and deputy transport spokeman.

Following the 2010 election, he was reappointed to the board of trustees of the National Museum of Science and Industry (now the Science Museum Group), and is chairman of the new Railway Heritage Designation Advisory Board. Following a long but ultimately successful campaign by Lord Faulkner, the board took over the statutory designation powers of the Railway Heritage Committee on 1st April 2013, following abolition of the Railway Heritage Committee under the government’s Public Bodies Act. His Science Museum responsibilities also include the chairmanship of the advisory board of Manchester’s Museum of Science and Industry, which has recently come within the Science Museum Group family of museums.

Richard’s involvement with the railway goes back very many years. His father left school at 14 to work as a clerk on the Great Western Railway in Birmingham, and his great-grandfather was top-link driver on the GWR, based latterly at Old Oak Common. Richard worked at the British Railways Board headquarters as a communications adviser to successive BR chairmen, starting with Sir Peter Parker. He is co-author of Holding The Line – How Britain’s Railways Were Saved, which will be published by Ian Allan to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Beeching Report.

He is president of the Cotswold Line Promotion Group, and a member of the First Great Western advisory board.

In Parliament, Richard is treasurer of the all-party railways group, and vice-chairman of the new rail heritage group. He has led a successful campaign in the Lords to persuade the government to tackle the crime of metal theft, which has reached epidemic proportions, with the heritage and national railways particular victims. Largely as a result of his efforts, the law has been changed to outlaw the use of cash in settling transactions for the sale of scrap metal.

He is a graduate of Oxford University, and lives in London and Worcester.