Who's who in CRIL

Geoff Bushell


Geoff left the Army in 1989 in the rank of WO1 after 22 years service with the Royal Engineers Postal & Courier Service and has been settled in the area with his family ever since. He has held various management and administrative roles within logistics including a spell as Franchise Development Manager with a national parcel carrier. He retired from UPS Ltd in 2014. He is a lifelong rail enthusiast and is passionate about restoring a passenger service to the line.  

Carl Benfield

Vice Chair

Carl left the Royal Engineers in 2007 after 16 years' service and went on to run a renewable energy company for 9 years.  More recently he has been a business and management consultant to small and medium-sized enterprises.

Carl is also a District Councillor for the Green Party, and whilst CRIL is apolitical, he sees it as an essential way of reducing carbon emissions in the region.

Patrick Scanlon


Bio to follow

James Parks

Campaign Manager

Bio to follow

Kim Coe


Born just before the Beeching axe came down on the railways Kim remembers the importance of train travel.
Kim brings a wealth of clerical and managerial skills to the team, having been a business manager since she was 19.
I must say I never thought I would be campaigning to reopen a rail line, however, as a non-driver I can vouch that the benefit of this line would be huge.

Douglas McLay

Rail Tech

A qualified engineer Douglas spent 14 years working as a Telecoms Engineer for British Rail in the signalling drawing office at Crewe before moving to Scotland and working trackside on major re-signalling and electrification schemes.
After working as a Resident Engineer on the ECML Resignalling Project and as the Project Engineer for the immunisation programme for lines out of Liverpool Street, he moved to BRHQ to manage the development and
introduction of Train to Signalbox radio systems across the network.
He then moved to the defence electronics industry with Marconi, Northern Telecom, Thomson CSF and Raytheon Cossor where he became Divisional Manager. 
He has also spent many years in the Royal Signals TA and as a Regimental Commander.

Rodger Smith

Rodger Smith

Bus Integration

Rodger began work in the municipal bus industry in 1960 at West Bridgford. He has since been Senior Schedules office to Birmingham City,  Traffic Manager and Senior Engineer  in  Northampton Transport and Northants County Council. In 1978 he moved to South Africa to be Traffic Manager with Bophuthatswana Transport and then became Chief Technical Officer of the National Institute for Transport & Road Research in Pretoria.  In 1990 he became an independent consultant working mainly for passenger transport bodies and governments.

Bruce Wakley


Bruce retired from BT/GPO in late 2018 after over 47 years service.  He performed many different roles, latterly as the Lead PSTN Technical Specialist, leading the PSTN compaction programme, nationally. Whilst not a rail expert, he does have system management, data manipulation and analysis experience and firmly believes that hydrogen fuelled rail is the best answer for longer distance travel, with trams for shorter journeys, supplemented by local buses.  He has yet to win the tram argument with Leicester City Council!

Paul Tivey

Operations Manager

Paul has 25+ years in the railway industry from front line operations to executive grade manager. Moving from Derbyshire in 1989 having worked for the Scottish Freight Sector and then transferring to York.  Positions held include, Driver, Driver Manager, Area Operations Manager  & finally Head of Trade Union Relations reporting to HR Director of a large train operating company. Took the opportunity of early retirement in 2015 and moved back to the East Midlands from the North East. Active volunteer for the local Leicestershire based charity Vista which supports people with visual impairments & sight loss.