Ivor Warburton interviewed by Frank Paterson

Frank Paterson

Oral history interview with Ivor Warburton, conducted and recorded by Frank Paterson at the interviewee's home in Croydon on 29 August 2018. Duration: 3 hr. 4 min. 5 sec. British Rail: London Midland Management Trainee; Assistant Area Manager Oldbury; Crewe Orphanage; Area Manager Luton; University of Warwick business school; Arnold Kentridge; management development; Overseas Tourist Manager; David Rayner; Regional Passenger Manager York; business sector management; Policy Unit; sectorisation; Passenger Marketing Services Director; APTIS (Accountancy and Passenger Ticket Issuing System) and Portable Operated Ticket Issuing System (PORTIS) implementation 1984; Assistant General Manager Birmingham; budget overspend; Cyril Bleasdale; employee relations 1987; Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen (ASLEF); National Union of Rail Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT); British Railways Board (BRB) difficulties; Director Operations; General Manager London Midland 1990; Organising for Quality (OfQ); Nick Mitchell; Leadership 500; meeting with John MacGregor; Railtrack flotation; separation of track from trains; InterCity 250; management buyout (MBO); Office of Passenger Rail Franchising (OPRAF); Virgin takeover; Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) role; relationships

One of over 150 oral history recordings made as part of the Britain’s Railways All Change (BRAC) archive project. BRAC was set-up to cover gaps in documenting the railway privatisation process in the United Kingdom, between 1994 and 1997, when the government-owned British Rail was dismantled into over 100 privately-owned companies. The interviews capture the recollections of people involved in the planning and implementation of the privatisation process, the management of change and running the railway during privatisation.


Oral Histories
Britain's Railways All Change
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Britain’s Railways All Change (BRAC) oral history archive, created in partnership with the Friends of the National Railway Museum, the Retired Railway Officers’ Society and the National Railway Museum.