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 – 2019Professor A R RobinsonFounder
2019 – presentDouglas McGowan MBE

Vice President

Date Name Notes
1968 – 1989Nick Knight
1976 – 2020W G Prynne
1988 – presentNigel Coombes
1999 – presentJ T Sylvester
2004 – presentNick James
2004 – 2019Douglas McGowan MBEPresident from 2019
2017 – 2021John Anderson

Chairman

Date Name Notes
1959 – 1962Professor A R RobinsonUntil November 1962
1962 – 1963J D PotterResigned May 1963
1963Bill PrynneCaretaker role until November 1963
1963 – 1967Nick Knight
1967 – 1976Bill Prynne
1976Alan PeakeResigned due to ill health
1976 – 1980Victor Gray
1980 – 1982Douglas McGowan
1982 – 1988Nigel Coombes
1988 – 1991Jeremy Gold
1991 – 2004Nick James
2004 – 2012Myra Allen
2012 – 2013Douglas McGowan
2013 – 2017Iain Dewar
2017 – 2019Paul Semple
2019 – 2020Peter MorleyInterim Chairman until March 2020
2020 – presentJohn Allen

Vice Chairman

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

National Secretary

Date Name Notes
1959Tony McGinnityResigned due to ill health
1959 – 1960Bernard CoxActing National Secretary. Also Assistant Secretary
1960 – 1962Victor Gray
1962 – 1964T G CadmanResigned May 1964
1964 – 1968W Blakeney
1968 – 1972Christopher J M Phillips
1972 – 1975Iain MacLeod
1975 – 1979Mike Hodges
1979 – 2017John Anderson
2017 – presentAngela Johnson

Assistant Secretary

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

Treasurer

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

Membership Secretary

Date Name Notes
1962 – 1965Victor GraySubscriptions Secretary
1965 – 1969A P Clark
1969 – 1980David Swaffield
1980 – 1983John M Beveridge
1983A W McRobb
1983 – 1993Clem Robb
1993 – 2000Vacant
2000 – 2009Brian Whitmore
2009John AndersonTemporary
2009 – 2013Jon Joliffe
2013 – 2015Vacant
2015 – 2018Jon Joliffe
2018 – presentGordon Wilson

Subscriptions Officer / Subscriptions Secretary

Date Name Notes
1975 – 1976Victor GraySubscriptions Officer
1976 – 1980G A LewisSubscriptions Officer
1980 – 1988P M ReidSubscriptions Secretary
1988 – 1989Leslie BrownSubscriptions Secretary
1989 – 2000Mrs G AndersonSubscriptions Secretary

Editor

Date Name Notes
1959 – 1961Tony McGinnityResigned 1961. Also Secretary and Treasurer
1961 – 1962J H P Ellis
1963 – 1965J H Stay
1965 – 1966Dr Duncan Egdell
1966 – 1978Russell PlummerPW27 – 74
1979 – 1980Iain MacLeod
Russell Plummer
Editor PW75 – 80
Layout & Design. PW75 – 80
1981 – 1992Russell PlummerPW81 – 126
1992 – presentMyra AllenPW127 onwards

Other Postholders

Date Name Notes
1960 – 1975D L DouganAuditor
1960 – ?Capt. LGH ThomasRecords Officer
1962 – ?E A PeacockAuditor
1961 – ?Bernard CoxCurator
1979Basil CraggsSales Officer
1980 – ?Dr Joe McKendrickSales Officer
1994 – 2014Andrew GladwellMuseum Officer; then Collections Officer from 2004
2010 – 2011Malcolm PalmerPR & Promotions Officer
2014 – presentDavid GreenArchivist
2014 – presentDavid GreenData Controller

Patron

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