In his role as MD Bus Development, Martin is responsible for identifying and developing new business opportunities both in the UK and internationally. He also has expertise in bus policy/strategy and is current President of the bus and coach industry’s trade body The Confederation of Passenger Transport
Carolyn works with Go-Ahead’s Board to ensure best practice corporate governance and compliance, the delivery of the Board’s evaluation and development programmes, risk management and the Board’s culture and sustainability agenda. Also responsible for bus pensions de-risking strategy and a qualified coach and mentor.
Enrique has been with Go-Ahead since 2012, where he has focussed on innovation, development of strategy, digital re-design, and large-scale programme delivery. He has a proven track record of leading a wide array of complex, multinational, multicultural and multi-site change initiatives for Technology and Digital, Retail, Finance, Supply Chain, Transportation and Property.
He also serves as the Chairman of On Track Retail, an ecommerce firm with a proven track record in rail ticketing, web and mobile software development.
Mark joined The Go-Ahead Group PLC in 2016. As Group Financial Controller of the Go-Ahead Group, his responsibilities include all aspects of financial control, treasury, reporting and analysis. He has extensive experience in all aspects of finance, systems and audit in large complex organisations.
Mark joined Go-Ahead from Well Pharmacy, (the UK’s 3rd largest Retail Pharmacy business), where he had been Group Financial Controller for 3 years. Previously he spent over 10 years at the Co-operative Group including roles in Internal Audit, Group Finance and Divisional Finance. Mark is Chartered Accountant who trained at PwC in Newcastle.
Holly Gillis is Head of Investor Relations at The Go-Ahead Group plc. She has 14 years of experience in finance and investor relations roles in the UK public transport sector. Holly is an ACCA qualified accountant and has a Bsc in Psychology.
David is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer and a Fellow of both the IMechE and CILT. After 23 years as an engineering officer in the Army, David came to the Group after 8 years with Associated British Foods where he was a Supply Chain Director, a CI Director and an Ops Director. David works across Property, Environment, Engineering, H&S and CI functional areas.
Charlie was appointed Managing Director of Rail Development in July 2013. He joined Go-Ahead in April 2012, as a member of its rail bid team. Prior to joining Go-Ahead, Charlie was an Associate Director at KPMG, during which time he supported Govia on its winning South Central franchise bid in 2009. Earlier in his career, Charlie spent five years working in Government, including at the Department for Transport and the Strategic Rail Authority.
Leads Go-Ahead In-House Legal function, providing support to our operating companies both in the UK and overseas. Also, responsible for managing, executing and delivering various compliance and training policies and programmes.
Scott Maynard is currently the interim Group People Director at Go-Ahead. Alongside his role for the group, he has been the Human Resources Director for Southeastern for just over four years. Prior to this he has been in HR Director roles across a range of sectors including Financial Services, Logistics and Utilities. Scott has been leading the Diversity and Inclusion agenda at Southeastern through the introduction of Colleague Network Groups, changing the approach to resourcing and introducing training and development.
Katy leads commercial development, customer experience, corporate affairs and strategy across Go-Ahead’s 12 bus and rail companies worldwide, working with brands including Southeastern, Thameslink, Brighton & Hove Buses and Go North East. She also leads the Future of Transport strategy at Go-Ahead, looking at Mobility as a Service, Demand Responsive Transport and active travel initiatives.
Prior to Go-Ahead, Katy spent over 20 years leading customer focussed transformation in financial services, media and leisure, including director level roles at Kroll, VTB Bank and IG Group.
Cathrine has worked in the Norwegian rail sector since 2002 and has extensive experience in the field of public transportation in a variety of subjects including safety. Cathrine joined the Go-Ahead Group in 2016, first as a consultant. She has been involved in both the procurement phase as well as in charge of the mobilisation for the first Norwegian operation. Today she is CEO of Go-Ahead Norway AS.
Nigel has a strong record of success leading change at bus businesses in a range of ownership environments and of sizes ranging from SMEs to large corporates. Business he leads have a reputation for growth and innovation. Nigel joined Go-Ahead to lead its North West start up business in 2019.
Martijn is the Managing Director of Go North East, operating over 1,000 vehicles with 3,000 employees across operations in the North East of England and a subsidiary company, East Yorkshire.
Prior to joining Go-Ahead in 2018, Martijn spent nearly 4 years as the Chief Executive of Council owned Reading Buses, an operation famed for a number of industry innovations and best practice.
He also spent seven years working for Arriva in both its bus and rail divisions, following six years in the independent sector including running his own small bus and coach business.
Martijn is passionate about good public transport, excellent customer service and the people who make it happen. He has a breadth of experience from major PLC’s through to independent SME businesses and across bus, coach, metro and rail modes. He is also a Fellow and Board Member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.
Managing Director Brighton & Hove Buses and Metrobus
Martin heads a team constantly striving to be more than “just a bus company” at two of the country’s leading bus brands, with reputations for pioneering work on customer focus, accessibility and social value. Through widely acclaimed partnerships with local authorities, Gatwick Airport and other operators, passenger growth and more use of buses per head of population of any city outside of London has been a constant. Martin is Chairman of the UNESCO Biosphere for Brighton & Hove and Lewes Downs, a board member at the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership, Transport for the South East, and the East Sussex Credit Union Foundation.
Stefan has over 25 years’ experience in the Passenger Transport Industry. He started as a transport consultant and worked internationally on transport systems in New York and Madrid. He joint then Bombardier – Systems Division in 2007 and was responsible for the development of sustainable strategies and business development, management of innovation processes and bid and cost management of turnkey and private public partnership projects. In March 2014 Stefan joined Go-Ahead to enter the German market and build up the business. Since then Go-Ahead has won five rail franchise contracts and first operation has started in Baden-Württemberg in 2019. Stefan is also Vice President of the German private rail operator association Mofair.
Phil is the Managing Director of Oxford Bus Company and its sister companies Thames Travel, Carousel Buses and City Sightseeing Oxford.
He has worked in the transport industry for over 20 years across a variety of operational, commercial and service delivery roles in Staffordshire, Lancashire and the North East of England, in addition to Oxfordshire where he has been since 2012.
Phil is the Oxfordshire President of Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce and Regional Chair of CPT London and South East. In addition to this, he sits on the board of the Transport Knowledge Hub, Chairs the Oxfordshire Strategic Transport Forum, is a non-executive Director of the OxLEP, and a member of the Strategic Transport Forum at England's Economic Heartland.
Phil believes the level of innovation taking place in Oxfordshire presents exciting opportunities for public transport solutions but providing solutions for today is just as important. Our portfolio of companies means that we can work in partnership with both local authorities and businesses to deliver innovative solutions so that our bus companies can continue to play their part in supporting the growth of Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire in the coming years.
Having joined British Rail as a management trainee in 1992, David has over 25 years’ experience in the Railway Industry.
In September 2014, David joined Southeastern as Managing Director. In the past four years, Southeastern has delivered an 11% rise in passenger satisfaction against a backdrop of transformational infrastructure change at London Bridge.
David is also a non-executive Director of Visit Kent.
Magnus has been with the Go-Ahead Group since early 2016 as the Managing Director of the Nordic team, responsible for leading the overall tender process within the Nordic countries. Magnus has extensive leadership experience in specialist companies both in the private and public sector and the field of public transportation. He has a strong customer-focused approach, and constantly strives for innovation solutions and strong partnerships.
Richard was appointed as Managing Director of Plymouth Citybus in May 2012. With an annual turnover of more than 27 million pounds, Citybus serves over 17 million passengers a year and is the biggest public transport provider in Plymouth, employing 550 people and running a fleet of 185 buses. Richard has twenty years of senior management experience of working in the bus industry in the South West. Previously Richard served as an Operations & Commercial Director for Stagecoach South West and prior to that was Operations Director for First Devon and Cornwall; Richard has held many managerial roles, having begun his transport career in 1989 as a bus driver in Penzance.
He is the current chair of the Devon & Plymouth Chamber of Commerce; Richard is also the chair of the Plymouth Area Business Council, chair of the Plymouth Growth Board. Richard sits on the Devonport Task Force, One Plymouth, the Mayflower 400 Leadership group and the Peninsular Rail Task Force. Richard is also a director of Destination Plymouth; the destination management company; he is committed to working with all strategic partners, to ensure that the voice of business in Plymouth, Devon and the region is strong, unified and playing to its collective strengths.
After a successful career at Transport for London, Andy joined Go-Ahead in November 2016, with roles including Group Business Support Manager, the General Manager of Go-Ahead London and the Bid Director (Secondment) for Go-Ahead Group. Highly experienced and versatile, Andy joins the Singapore team with a track record of leading teams to deliver quality results in a range of senior management roles.
John is a 44-year public transport career professional and was appointed Managing Director in 2006. During his tenure the company has effectively doubled in size and it currently employs approximately 7,300 staff from 16 locations, with a vehicle fleet of around 2,300 buses and operates around a quarter of the capital’s regulated bus network.
Go-Ahead London was the first bus operator in the UK to open an electric bus garage (in 2016) at the multi-award-winning Waterloo.
In addition to his London responsibilities, John oversees Go-Ahead’s regulated bus interests in Ireland. He also leads on risk management across Go-Ahead Group.
John is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. He also has a MA in Transport Planning and Management.
Former Managing Director of London Midland Trains, Patrick joined Go-Ahead Group plc as CEO of Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) in July 2018.
Born and educated in the Netherlands, Patrick started his career in the Rotterdam Police Force rising to senior officer level.
Patrick Verwer was Managing Director of London Midland between January 2012 and December 2017. Before that he worked in the transport industry in the UK and Europe, specialising in rail and airport services. He first came to the UK in 2003 as Managing Director of Merseyrail.
Patrick has a long history of collaborating with industry partners such as Network Rail and the DfT to deliver for customers.
Andrew has held senior roles for Go-Ahead in London, the South Coast and Plymouth before becoming Go South Coast’s Managing Director in 2011. A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, he started work in Brighton after graduating with a BSc in Transport Operation & Planning. He actively promotes the role of the bus in economic development, tackling social exclusion and congestion and improving air quality both locally and nationally.
Ed has worked within the bus industry for the last 20 years, the last 10 of which have been with Go-Ahead. Passionate about providing good quality services for customers, Ed prioritises the role that public transport plays in the communities Go-Ahead serves. He has a wide breath of experience having worked for a number of different operators, mainly in the UK deregulated market where he has held responsibility for the commercial, marketing and operational standards in some award winning companies. Ed has also led on business development and has been successful in helping to grow and expand services, through commercial growth and competitive tendering. More recently Ed has been working in Ireland helping to establish and develop Go-Ahead’s overseas operations.