John Hind – Chairman and Trustee
John Hind, BSc, C.Eng, M.I.Mech.E – AST Group Chairman
Elected Chairman of the 5AT Group in 2012, John Hind is a Chartered Engineer and member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. He is a project management and project-planning specialist, with over 20 years of experience in the Power Generation and Automobile industries.
In the 70’s John was part of the GWS team that rescued ex GWR 2-6-2 5572 from Barry scrap yard. He is currently one of the shareholders in sister-engine 5542 and was involved in the manufacture of new parts for its restoration.
John wrote two articles for Steam Railway Magazine titled “Do You Want New Steam?” (Issues 288/9 in 2003).
John was closely involved with the 5AT Group from 2006 until the suspension of the project in 2011. In addition to chairing the Engineering Planning Working Party, he undertook detailed estimates of both costs and timescale for the 5AT project. The techniques and methodlology that he established have enabled the 5AT Group to estimate the costs for new-build steam locomotives, whether for heritage or mainline use.
John lives near Manchester in England.