Go Ahead announces Martijn Gilbert as Managing Director of Go North East

The Go-Ahead Group plc has announced that Martijn Gilbert has been appointed as the new Managing Director of Go-North East, its bus business in Newcastle.

Martijn joins Go-North East from Reading Buses, where he has been Chief Executive Officer since 2014.

Prior to that, he spent nine years at Arriva and set up his own bus company in 2002, before selling it to Centra.

Go-North East is the third largest employer in the Newcastle region, with 2,000 people. It runs 700 buses across Newcastle, Sunderland and Durham carrying 75 million passenger journeys every year.

David Brown, CEO of The Go-Ahead Group said “We are delighted to have Martijn join the leadership team at Go-Ahead.  Martijn’s history of delivering customer excellence and stakeholder relationships is an asset to the business.  With his experience and passion, I am confident that he will take the Go North East business from success to success.”

Martijn Gilbert added “It is with great excitement that I am taking up the role of MD at Go-Ahead’s regional bus operation in the North East and at such an important time for the local economy and its transport network.

I’m really looking forward to working with the Go-North East team, their partners and stakeholders to continue their award-winning standards of service, and being part of a Group with such a strong reputation both inside and outside the transport industry.”