PSPS Office Bearers from Inauguration to Date

This page lists PSPS Office Bearers from the Society’s inauguration in 1959 up to the present day.

The very first PSPS member was Mrs Eileen Pritchard who had a large influence on paddle steamer preservation in the 1960s.

President

Date Name Notes
1962 – 2019 Professor A R Robinson Founder

Vice President

Date Name Notes
1968 – 1989 Nick Knight
1976 – present W G Prynne
1988 – present Nigel Coombes
1999 – present J T Sylvester
2004 – present Nick James
2004 – present Douglas McGowan MBE
2017 – present John Anderson

Chairman

Date Name Notes
1959 – 1962 Professor A R Robinson Until November 1962
1962 – 1963 J D Potter Resigned May 1963
1963 Bill Prynne Caretaker role until November 1963
1963 – 1967 Nick Knight
1967 – 1976 Bill Prynne
1976 Alan Peake Resigned due to ill health
1976 – 1980 Victor Gray
1980 – 1982 Douglas McGowan
1982 – 1988 Nigel Coombes
1988 – 1991 Jeremy Gold
1991 – 2004 Nick James
2004 – 2012 Myra Allen
2012 – 2013 Douglas McGowan
2013 – 2017 Iain Dewar
2017 – present Paul Semple

Vice Chairman

Date Name Notes
1959 – 1962 Captain L G H Thomas
1962 – 1963 Peter Southcombe Until May 1963
1964 – 1965 Victor Gray Acting Vice Chairman. Also Membership Secretary
1965 – 1967 D V Wainwright
1967 – 1976 John Millar
1976 – 1980 Douglas McGowan
1980 – 1981 Victor Gray
1981 – 1982 Nigel Coombes
1982 – 1991 Douglas McGowan
1991 – 1994 Jeremy Gold
1994 – 2001 Graham Hand
2001 – 2004 Myra Allen
2004 – 2007 Alex Lewis
2008 – 2012 David Haddleton
2013 – 2016 Jeremy Gold
2016 – 2017 Paul Semple
2017 – present Gordon Wilson

National Secretary

Date Name Notes
1959 Tony McGinnity Resigned due to ill health
1959 – 1960 Bernard Cox Acting National Secretary. Also Assistant Secretary
1960 – 1962 Victor Gray
1962 – 1964 T G Cadman Resigned May 1964
1964 – 1968 W Blakeney
1968 – 1972 Christopher J M Phillips
1972 – 1975 Iain MacLeod
1975 – 1979 Mike Hodges
1979 – 2017 John Anderson
2017 – present Angela Johnston

Assistant Secretary

Date Name Notes
1959 – ? Bernard Cox
1962 – 1968 V F Burrell
1968 – ? D K Jones

Treasurer

Date Name Notes
1959 – 1959 Tony McGinnity Acting Treasurer. Also Secretary and Editor
1960 – 1961 E T Y Randle
1961 – 1962 V F Burrell
1962 – 1964 D L Dougan
1965 – 1975 Victor Gray
1975 – 1980 Iain MacLeod
1980 – present Martin Longhurst

Membership Secretary

Date Name Notes
1962 – 1965 Victor Gray Subscriptions Secretary
1965 – 1969 A P Clark
1969 – 1980 David Swaffield
1980 – 1983 John M Beveridge
1983 A W McRobb
1983 – 1993 Clem Robb
1993 – 2000 Vacant
2000 – 2009 Brian Whitmore
2009 John Anderson Temporary
2009 – 2013 Jon Joliffe
2013 – 2015 Vacant
2015 – 2018 Jon Joliffe
2018 – present Gordon Wilson

Subscriptions Officer / Subscriptions Secretary

Date Name Notes
1975 – 1976 Victor Gray Subscriptions Officer
1976 – 1980 G A Lewis Subscriptions Officer
1980 – 1988 P M Reid Subscriptions Secretary
1988 – 1989 Leslie Brown Subscriptions Secretary
1989 – 2000 Mrs G Anderson Subscriptions Secretary

Editor

Date Name Notes
1959 – 1961 Tony McGinnity Resigned 1961. Also Secretary and Treasurer
1961 – 1962 J H P Ellis
1963 – 1965 J H Stay
1965 – 1966 Dr Duncan Egdell
1966 – 1978 Russell Plummer PW27 – 74
1979 – 1980 Iain MacLeod
Russell Plummer
Editor PW75 – 80
Layout & Design. PW75 – 80
1981 – 1992 Russell Plummer PW81 – 126
1992 – present Myra Allen PW127 onwards

Other Postholders

Date Name Notes
1960 – 1975 D L Dougan Auditor
1960 – ? Capt. LGH Thomas Records Officer
1962 – ? E A Peacock Auditor
1961 – ? Bernard Cox Curator
1979 Basil Craggs Sales Officer
1980 – ? Dr Joe McKendrick Sales Officer
1994 – 2014 Andrew Gladwell Museum Officer; then Collections Officer from 2004
2010 – 2011 Malcolm Palmer PR & Promotions Officer
2014 – present David Green Archivist
2014 – present David Green Data Controller

Patron

Date Name Notes
1960 – 1984 Sir John Betjeman
2016 – present Timothy West CBE &
Prunella Scales CBE