Graham Whitehead has been appointed as Railway Mission Chaplain for Glasgow and the West of Scotland and joins the Railway Mission Chaplaincy team from Scotrail. A career railwayman, Graham started to work on the railway 25 years ago after graduating from University with a Psychology Degree. He began his railway career as an Assistant Ticket Examiner, before working as a Train Guard, a Train Driver and latterly as a Train Planner.
From an early he age had a love of all things railway, volunteering in his youth on the Talyllyn Preserved Railway, a narrow-gauge steam railway in rural mid-Wales. Looking forward to the challenges of his new role Graham said “I’m looking forward to combining my three great loves, faith, building relationship with people and the railway. I want to earn people’s respect and trust, leaving them with a smile and in a better place than when we first met.”
The Executive Director of the Railway Mission, Liam Johnston, welcomed Graham to the team and added: “The geographical area of chaplaincy cover is huge, but with Graham railway background he not only understands the enormity of the task but also is ready to embrace it with determination and care for railway people.”
As chaplain to the Railway Industry, Graham will work with ScotRail, Network Rail and BTP as well as the other railway companies operating in Scotland and will use the Chaplaincy Office at Paisley Gilmour Street Station as a base.