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Martyn Pring grew up in Bristol. A life-long rail enthusiast, he remembers as a youngster the final days of steam on the old GWR, LMS and Somerset & Dorset systems. With a career spent in marketing, tourism, and academia, he’s held chief marketing officer posts in both the private and public sectors. A long-term Dorset resident with a particular penchant for O gauge model railways, he established specialist retail outlet www.shamrocktrains.com in 2005. Plotting a course in recording railway, social and luxury tourism narratives, Martyn is currently a travel researcher and the author of several highly successful rail and maritime travel history books.


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Alison Pettitt is our financial director and oversees the company’s finance function. A qualified certified accountant, she has over 30 years accounting industry experience, including working in owner managed businesses within manufacturing and engineering industries. She has extensive experience working at board level providing financial management and strategic guidance. Alison, too, lives and works in Purbeck.

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Cara Pring is providing additional marketing support for the company and taking us in new directions. She has a first-class honours degree in business management and marketing from Exeter University Business School and an M.Sc. (Distinction) in Marketing from Bath University School of Management. Cara is currently a brand manager in the FMCG healthy snacks sector.

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