Commercial and Marketing Director Appointment

12 March 2020

The Bluebell Railway has appointed Paul Lelew as Commercial and Marketing Director.

Paul has a commercial background and worked in the food business before retiring eight years ago. He started his working life as an accountant with Sainsbury’s and his last roles were as a director of various companies with expertise in turning them around.

He will serve on the Plc board with oversight of the sales, marketing, retail and catering activities.

Paul said: “What I’m looking to do is find new commercial opportunities at the Bluebell Railway and review existing operations with a view to building on the great success so far.”

He lives near Maresfield on the Ashdown Forest and is the volunteer finance director of Uckfield FM.

Paul’s father had a railway career as manager of the Royal Train and his grandfather was awarded an MBE for services to the railway during World War II.

Chris Hunford, Bluebell Railway Plc Chairman, said: “Paul will bring a commercial focus to all our operations and look at our income generation. He has catering, retail and sales experience and will bring energy and vigour to the railway.”

Paul Lelew fills the vacant position of Commercial Director and also replaces Neil Glaskin who is standing down after 14 years as an officer of the railway including nine years as a Plc director.