DUDLEY Canal & Tunnel Trust has appointed Traci Dix-Williams as its new CEO, following Nick Morris’ early retirement.
Currently operations director for the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust in Shropshire, Traci (51) from Telford, will take up the post on April 10.
Jeff Luesley, chairman of Dudley Canal & Tunnel Trust, says: “We are delighted to be welcoming Traci to head up our team. With her successful track record in managing the high profile Ironbridge Gorge Museum, we look forward to working with Traci to take Dudley Tunnel & Limestone Mines forward to the next stage of its development as a growing visitor destination.
“Working with our dedicated volunteers, staff and partners, we want to attract more people, maximise the potential of our new Portal Visitor Centre to bring revenue for the Trust to reinvest in the site, and look at opportunities to develop this incredible heritage asset that we care for.
“Sadly after three years with the Trust, during which time he worked with our funding partners to deliver the construction, opening and running of our award-winning Portal Visitor Centre, Nick had to take early retirement due to ill health. I’d like to thank him enormously for all that he has helped us achieve here at Dudley Tunnel & Limestone Mines.”
Traci adds: “I’m looking forward to joining the Dudley Canal & Tunnel Trust in April to begin working with Trustees, staff, volunteers and partners to maximise the potential of this fantastic heritage attraction.
“Thanks to decades of restoration and development work by the Dudley Canal & Tunnel Trust, this wonder of 18th century engineering, with a history dating back 428 million years, already welcomes over 100,000 visitors a year to enjoy boat trips into the tunnel system.”
Dudley Canal & Tunnel Trust runs regular daily 45-minute boat trips, bringing the history of the mines to life with on-board commentary, a music and light show in the Singing Cavern, a video show in Little Tess Cavern explaining how limestone was formed and mannequin displays in Hurst Cavern depicting miners working during the 18th century.
At the Museum’s new £3million visitor centre The Portal, which opened in October 2015, as well as embarking on their boat trip, visitors can enjoy an interactive exhibition in the Biffa Award Gallery, the Trust’s gift shop and waterside dining in The Gongoozler restaurant.
Dudley Canal & Tunnel Trust also offers a variety of longer trips, including two-hour trips through the full 2,888-metre length of Dudley Tunnel, two-and-a-half hour Open Water Trips around the canals of Dudley and Tipton, and six-hour Voyages through the heart of the Black Country, taking in both the Dudley and Netherton Tunnels.
The Portal Visitor Centre is open from daily, from mid-January to December. For more information visit www.dudleycanaltrust.org.uk or call 0121 557 6265.