RPS Trustee Director Gerry Doherty passes away

With enormous sadness, I am sharing with you the news of the passing of Trustee Director Gerry Doherty. Gerry had not been feeling at his best, but it was still a shock to learn of his death, and the Trustee Board will miss his friendship and wisdom.

05 September 2023

Gerry, an RPS 1994 pensioner, worked for the Operations Department of the British Railways Board for over 15 years before devoting the rest of his working life and retirement to representing and improving the future for others.

He did this across several roles within the TSSA union, before serving as its General Secretary from 2004 until 2011, when he retired. Gerry also served on the General Council and the Executive Committee of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) and was also a member of the Commission for Integrated Transport (CfIT) while it operated.

After he retired, Gerry was a director of South Central Youth (SCY), a charity devoted to supporting and empowering young people in South London. Not many people knew that he had met Nelson Mandela, but everyone who spoke with him knew of the pride and joy he had for his granddaughters.

He became a Trustee Director in 2018 and later also joined the Railpen Board in that capacity. In both these roles, he was passionate about protecting members’ benefits and helping members to understand their options. He will be keenly missed by many of us.

I’m sure you will join me in sending our love and condolences to his wife Anne, their children and granddaughters. 


Christine Kernoghan

Chair, Trustee Board



Gerry Doherty, Trustee Director, Railways Pension Schemes