Paul Bunting is rated by Transit Magazine to be the 50th most powerful person in the UK passenger transport industry. Heh, I remember Paul! He was a British Rail Management Trainee in the same year as me! Now he is strategic marketing director of National Express Group.
Looking through the other people in the Transit 2009 Power 50 there are 7 or 8 more BR management trainees (plus a couple from London Transport’s management training scheme). The list below shows their name, position in the Power 50, and, as far as I can tell, the year they joined British Rail.
Mike Mitchell – 11 – 1970
Richard Brown – 12 – 1978?
Ian Dobbs – 18 – 1978?
Adrian Shooter – 24 – 1970
Ian Brown – 31 – 1971?
Nick Brown – 40 – 1981
Paul Bunting – 50 – 1981
I’m not sure about David Franks. He joined the railway at 16, but I have a feeling he later joined the management training scheme.
British Rail’s management training scheme was regarded as being one of the best in the country. It was actually several schemes, including an engineering scheme, a personnel scheme, and an operations scheme. Briefly there was also a marketing scheme, which is what I was on between 1981 and 1982, as was Paul Bunting. I think I will write another post about what we actually got up to – but for me it was a wonderful 18 months that covered just about everything that British Rail did from night shifts at Stratford Yard to ships, hotels, and an advertising agency.