Our People

Terry Jenkins: Chairman & Trustee

Terry is a Chartered Civil Engineer whose career was primarily in highway and bridge design construction and maintenance rising to senior management roles. Married with two sons Terry is now Trustee & Chairman of EMF concentrating on arranging the “hands on” side of the funds locomotives. He is also a steam driver on the Severn Valley and West Somerset railways.

Stephen Burnett: Trustee

Stephen started working on steam locomotives as a young child with his father and grandfather at the local model engineering society. Through model engineering, he met John Hancock, who introduced him to the Fund. Stephen has been a working member of the fund since he was 16, starting off working on 7812 at Swindon Works and more recently on 7802 and her new tender at Tyseley.

Whilst working with the fund, he has also graduated with a Mechanical Engineering degree, and is now a Engineering Manager for Rolls-Royce in Derby. Stephen is also a driver on the GWSR.

Philip Hammond: Trustee

Philip was one of the earliest active members of the Fund, assisting with the initial recovery of Erlestoke Manor from Barry scrapyard in the 70s and has been closely involved ever since. From that time until the mid 90s he was also an EMF trustee, only surrendering that position to devote more time
to his light engineering services. On reaching retirement he is now able to take up trustee duties again, but his light engineering experience continues
to be put to great use on specialist engineering tasks for the locomotives

Alan Gormley: Marketing and Fundraising                         

Alan is the new boy on the block having joined in April 2016. Alan’s background is in IT and Sales and Marketing in the automotive sector. He now runs a successful sports coaching business and raises funds for his local hockey club too. Married with three children and three grandchildren. His marketing expertise has put together our new website and information leaflet.

Des Ainsworth – Trustee

Des is a Chartered Accountant (FCA), having previously obtained a degree in Mathematics from Cardiff University. He has Senior Manager experience in Finance, Aquisition & Mergers, Information Technology and Logistics. More recently he was Treasurer (honorary) of The Bardsey Island Trust Ltd, a registered charity.

He became an “armchair” supporter of EMF in 1993 – Bradley Manor was the last steam loco he saw going though his local village – on the SLS Steam Special in 1965. Trustees Dave Kilner and John Whitcomb eventually persuaded him to take a more active role and John coached him in painting during the final stages of Erlestoke Manor’s last overhaul. He became a Trustee in 2011.

His other passions include music (folk, blues and rock), the family dogs and beer….

Matthews Gunn – Volunteer

Matthew joined Erlestoke Manor Fund at the age of 17 after meeting fellow trustee John Hancock through a Model Engineering Club. He was introduced to the fund in 2007 just as 7812 Erlestoke Manor was nearing completion of its 10 Year overhaul. Matthews involvement in the group can be anything from helping out on fund stalls to lending a hand during work parties and Winter maintenance to more recently being a part of 7802 Bradley Manors return to steam. His involvement in the fund has encouraged him to pursue a career in Engineering which he has since completed an Apprenticeship at Roll-Royce serving his time on Large CNC Machining Centres and progressing to his current role as a Manufacturing Engineer. Matthew recently Graduating in 2016 from Coventry University with a Bsc (Hons) Engineering.

Chris Field – Volunteer

Chris joined the coal-yard miniature railway at Kidderminster aged 13 were he stayed until turning 16, in that time his first miniature locomotive was purchased and the interest in mechanical engineering cemented. Upon turning 16 he joined the SVR motive power department at Bewdley, within the first 12 months he met Terry Jenkins, who enlightened him to the funds activities with the overhaul of 7802. Chris became a working member and shareholder during 2011 at the age of 17 were-by he assisted throughout the overhaul 7802 and maintenance of 7812. Latterly Chris went onto plant the idea of holding an anniversary celebration in 2015 to mark 50 years since BR scrapped the last of the class members from the network, this became known as ‘Manor 50’. Through involvement through the SVR and EMF Chris secured an apprenticeship with a train operating company as a maintenance technician at Tyseley TMD. Chris is also a qualified fireman on the SVR.