Meet The Team
Chair of HML CRP
Chair of the Highland Mainline Community Rail Partnership is Sally Spaven. In her working life she encompassed hospitality and tourism, covering hotels, the whisky industry, VisitScotland and finally was a registered “Blue Badge” guide for Scotland, becoming Chair of the Scottish Tourist Guides Association during its formative years and hosting the WFTGA International Conference in Scotland in 2003 on Sustainable Tourism, the only time it has been held in Scotland. She is currently also Administrator for the Pitlochry Partnership.
Sally was an early member in 1994 of “Pitlochry in Bloom” which achieved great success in both Scotland and Britain in Bloom, Entente Florale and Communities in Bloom in Canada, chairing the group from 2004 to 2015. An early project was the restoration of the Armoury Park behind Pitlochry Railway Station, the first such project to receive ERDF funding and opened by John Swinney MSP in 2002. The “Bloom” group adopted Pitlochry Station and were involved in the Pitlochry Station Liaison Group headed by the late Priscilla Lorimer, who instigated the famous Pitlochry Station Bookshop. Since that time Pitlochry Railway Station has gone from strength to strength winning three Heritage Awards in 2014 and in 2019, the NRA for Best Medium Station in the UK. This pretty Grade A listed station always looks stunning in Spring and Summer with wooden and metal planters, hanging baskets and a wooden barrel train. This group took part in the recent document sponsored by the Rail Delivery Group on The Value of Community Rail.
Sally was appointed as the representative of Pitlochry to the newly formed HML CRP Steering Group during its formative years of 2013/14 whilst celebrating the 150th anniversary of the line opening and in 2015 was appointed Chair by the Executive. Sally worked on the Heritage Line Guide, the restoration of the MacFarlane Fountain, “Highland Fling”, numerous smaller events up and down the line and most recently “The Travelling Classroom”. She also worked on the two HML CRP websites and is a passionate champion of Community Rail. Stakeholders are kept informed by her regular newsletters.