New chief financial officer joins Go-Ahead today

Patrick Butcher, formerly Group Finance Director of Network Rail, has today joined The Go-Ahead Group as its Chief Finance Officer.  

David Brown Group Chief Executive said:

“Patrick is an excellent appointment bringing strong financial management capabilities as well as significant transport sector and stakeholder experience. I’d also like to thank Paul Edwards, Group Financial Controller, for his support in covering the role on an interim basis until Patrick’s arrival.”

Patrick Butcher added:

“Go-Ahead is a respected transport Group and has a well-earned reputation for strong, transparent, financial reporting and investor relations. I’m looking forward to playing my part in leading the organisation and delivering its growth strategy.”


For further information, contact:

The Go-Ahead Group

Sarah Boundy, Group corporate communications director
07808 568 667


Go-Ahead is a leading UK public transport operator, providing high quality services in the bus and rail sectors. Employing around 26,000 people across the country, over one billion passenger journeys are undertaken on our services each year. We are committed to operating our companies in a safe, socially and environmentally responsible way and are proud to have been accredited with triple Carbon Trust Standard for reductions in carbon, water and waste. In addition to the travelling public, our customers include the Department for Transport, Transport for London (TfL) and local authorities.


Go-Ahead is one of the UK’s largest bus operators. With a fleet of around 4,800 buses, we carry around two million passengers every day. Our operations are focused on high density commuter markets. We have a strong presence in London, with around 24 per cent market share, where we provide regulated services for TfL. We operate deregulated services in Oxford, East Anglia, the South East, Southern and North East England.


The rail operation, Govia, is 65 per cent owned by Go-Ahead and 35 per cent by Keolis. It is the largest rail operation in the UK, responsible for around 35 per cent of all UK passenger rail journeys through its rail franchises: GTR (Govia Thameslink Railway), Southeastern and London Midland.