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Mark Smith, Vice Chairman

Mark is Vice Chairman of the Heritage Railway Association.

Mark represents heritage railways at UK Inbound and the British Tourism Development Committee and has taken a special interest in assessing the economic impact of tourism. He assists a number of railway members with business advice, and regularly acts as mediator to help resolve disputes and difficulties. He serves on the Association's committees responsible for Training & Education, Operating & Safety and Legal & Parliamentary Affairs as a lay representative.

Trained as a teacher, and with a lifelong interest in Railways, Mark was invited to join the Board of the West Somerset Railway in 1986. Two years later he was appointed managing director and under his guidance the Railway became profitable, visitor numbers rose from 90k to their current 225k per annum, it has been voted Independent Railway of the Year on three occasions and has secured substantial investment of European funds to support its on-going development.

In 2006 Mark resigned from this executive role for personal reasons. In October 2008 he returned to the Railway as Chairman of the Board, but now serves as a non-executive director.

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