New MD appointed for Oxford Bus Company

Phil Southall will be appointed MD for Oxford Bus Company as Philip Kirk is stepping down after 20 years with the company.

The role incorporates Thames Travel and Carousel Buses.

Phil is currently the Operations Director at OBC joining The Go-Ahead Group in 2006, moving there from Go North East in 2012. He will take on the role formally in the autumn following a handover period.

David Brown, CEO of Go-Ahead said:

“I’m very pleased Phil Southall is being promoted to MD of Oxford Bus Company. He joined the industry as a management trainee in 1998 and has extensive operational and commercial experience that he will be bringing to the role. We’re sorry to see Philip leave – as under his leadership it has become the successful bus company it is today. We wish him the best for the new projects he’s looking to pursue.”

Phil Southall said:

I’m delighted to be taking on the position. It’s a great team here and I’m looking forward to growing and expanding the business and continuing our success.​"​

Philip Kirk added:

“It’s been a pleasure to lead a tremendous team of people who have transformed the company over the last two decades. But I feel the right time to hand over the reins to a fresh pair of hands.”


For further information, please 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 acorss 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, or customers include the Department for Transport, Transport for London (TfL) and local authorities.