Vice Chairman John Harrison

John Harrison

Vice Chairman of the BTPF, John Harrison

My name is John Harrison, and I was delighted to be elected National Vice Chairman of the BTPF in March 2012.  My railway career started as a Trade Apprentice in the Derby Carriage and Wagon Works, (Now Bombardier) and ended in a managerial role associated with Channel Tunnel Freight Services.  Along the way I had spells with British Transport Hotels, Travellers Fare, BR’s Civil Engineering Department, BRB HQ at 222 Marylebone Road, London Midland’s CM&EE Departments at Derby and Birmingham, Freight Engineering at the RTC Derby, and with Railfreight Distribution at Crewe.  I also completed a project for Transmark, the former BR Consultancy Group, in Tanzania, East Africa.

I have always believed that the railway industry is a great family of people, in many cases it is not just a job of work, but in reality it is a way of life.  People past and present have made our industry what it is, some of them we must never forget, especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice.  We were proud to commemorate this, with the unveiling of our memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire on 22nd May 2012.

Whilst most definitely not forgetting the past, we are also very keen to keep moving our organisation forward.  Recruitment from people retired or thinking about retirement is a high priority of ours, and with that aim I am currently chairing a Recruitment Strategy Group, in order to ensure we make ourselves better known to both today’s industry employers and industry employees.

I believe that by joining the BTPF you will help us to secure a better future for all of us, whilst enjoying an amazing quality of life by being active in an informal and relaxing atmosphere, with humour generally high on the agenda.  As well as meeting people, you will help us to secure better travel arrangements, even for non safeguarded staff.  Please contact me anytime, I will gladly respond to all emails as soon as possible. It always gives me great pleasure to hear of railway stories and experiences.  I very much look forward to hearing from you and meeting you.

My telephone number is 0116 275 0730 or please drop me an email