Giles Fearnley, Managing Director of UK Bus, FirstGroup
Giles Fearnley has been Managing Director of First Group’s UK Bus Division since February 2011.
In 1991 he led a management buy-out of Blazefield Holdings which operated bus networks principally across Yorkshire and Lancashire. He remained as Chief Executive for two years following the group’s sale to Transdev plc in 2006. In the mid 90’s Giles took a “sabbatical” from the bus industry into rail and was one of the founders of Prism Rail plc, which operated four UK passenger rail franchises. He was appointed as Chief Executive and led the Group prior to the sale in 2000 to National Express. He then served as Chairman of Grand Central, the open access rail operator, prior to its sale to BB in 2011.
At various times, Giles has served as Chairman of the Association of Train Operating Companies and President and then Chairman until 2011, of the Confederation of Passenger Transport.
The UK Government has pledged more than £600 million to further boost the ultra low emission vehicle market and to increase availability of electric vehicle chargepoint infrastructure more widely. With UK freight businesses increasingly taking up greener transportation options this infrastructure space will prove to be an exciting space for further investment. The session will […]