Meet the Team

Norah McWilliam

Queensbury Community Heritage & Action Partnership

There is much to be wondered at in Bradford, West Yorkshire. We have a vibrant mix of people with many talents, languages and creative energies. In our landscape we have grand old gritstone cliffs, rolling moors, tumbling becks and meandering canals. Our city centre is the tie that binds a collection of towns and villages into a fascinating network of communities, pockets of rural landscape and bustling business.

I grew up in the shadow of Manningham Mills, walked to school with the smell of lanolin and coal smoke thickening the air, played on cobbled streets and cycled fearlessly on heavy, cranky bikes. Queensbury was far beyond my horizons. Halifax, a name on toffee wrappers. More than half a century later I’m working on the University campus and am lifted each day by the vitality and determination of young people, drawn to Bradford from all corners of the world (think of it!) for cutting edge stuff happening here - in life sciences, engineering, enterprise and sustainability.

The Queensbury tunnel can connect heritage and innovation, contributing to Bradford’s future. I think that’ll be grand for all of us, young and old in Yorkshire.

Jeff McQuillan

Chair, Great Northern Railway Trail Forum

As far as the Great Northern Railway Trail is concerned, I led a successful campaign in 2002, following concern over possible loss of the railway heritage of Hewenden, Cullingworth and Thornton viaducts. The idea of using these viaducts as a Trail for cyclists and walkers led to a public consultation. It concluded that there was overwhelming support and a report was presented to Bradford Council; shortly after, the Council became a key partner. With well over a £1m spent already on developing the Trail with Sustrans’ leadership, three sections of the Trail have been opened; in particular, the section linking Queensbury with Thornton. For some 12 years I have chaired the Forum that represents many interest groups and steers the project forward.

I am a former town planner and spent much of my professional career with Bradford Council. I work as a freelance consultant running public consultations and raising capital funds for community projects. I love walking and cycling, networking and meeting people.

Dave Stevens

Volunteer and Community Engagement, Sustrans

Supporting local volunteers and advising them about similar community-led projects around the UK.

Richard Kunz

Physiotherapist and Volunteer Coordinator for Sustrans

Jan Rapacz

Technical Advisor

Helen Simpson

National Standards Cycle Coach

Dave Dodwell

Cycle Queensbury

Joe Gatenby

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.”

Ivan Mack

Freelance light and sound designer, musician, photographer and film-maker

He also works at Theatre in the Mill, Bradford, to support new and emerging artists across theatre, live art, visual arts and music. In his own practice he regularly works collaboratively and often uses collaboratively generated material as a starting point. Recent work has included musical collaboration (as part of The Housekeeping Society) with the 154 Collective and A Firm of Poets, both of which have a large emphasis of placing art into the wider non-arts world.

Mark Neale

Local railway historian and author

I was born in Shipley in 1953 and after spending two family holidays entirely watching trains, a lifelong love affair with railways began. I became a volunteer of the embryonic Worth Valley Railway prior to its reopening in 1968 and then a committee member of the Bradford Railway Circle, acting as its librarian and magazine editor.

In more recent years I have volunteered at the National Railway Museum and now work regularly for West Coast Railways and Railway Touring Company, and can often be found assisting with the operation of steam locomotives on the main line.

I also helped Richard Kunz in the early days of the development of the Great Northern Trail and have completed one book Along Familiar Lines, with another in the pipeline.

My motivation with Q-CHAP is to ensure that the Queensbury lines' unique history survives for our children and grandchildren.

Graeme Bickerdike

Tunnel historian, engineering writer and editor of the Forgotten Relics website

If we can celebrate and protect a pile of stones that used to be a castle, why are we content to turn our backs on great civil engineering feats and allow dereliction to take hold? And why, when money is occasionally spent on them, do we not ensure that the public derives maximum value from that investment?

Queensbury Tunnel is an asset, not a liability. It could and should serve a future purpose as a transport link, echoing its intended role. Let's find a way to save the tunnel so it can bring benefits both to the district and wider Yorkshire region. Please lend your support to the campaign.


Tunnel condition under scrutiny

Monday 18 December 2017