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


Bio to follow

Douglas McLay

Rail Tech

Bio to follow

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


Bio to follow

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.