Editor in Chief, Stuart Jones, is taking one step back from his traditional role at Bus & Coach Buyer, which he founded with business partner Steve Cole in 1988. He will retain his current title but in future work only three days a week, sharing the Editorship with David Cole (no relation), who has been a freelance contributor since the outset. David will take the title Managing Editor and assume responsibility for much of the day to day running of the title while Stuart will concentrate on the element that he has always enjoyed the most; going out and researching articles.
David has a lifelong interest in the industry and a first class degree in Mechanical Engineering from Birmingham University. His primary career was in management within the gas industry, so he’s used to perpetual change. A fluent German speaker, he lived in the country for a time while seconded to one of British Gas’ partners. He is no stranger to the demands of magazines either, having edited Model Bus Journal for a number of years in his spare time. He has recently acquired a preserved bus; a 1969 Midland Red S23 saloon.
Stuart commented, ‘I still love the job and the industry and I have no intention of giving it up altogether, but I’ve reached a stage at which I’d like to reduce the hours I do in a week and pursue other interests alongside a continuing pivotal role with the magazine. I was at school with David and we’ve been very good friends ever since. His knowledge of the industry together with his impressively wide range of skills give me total confidence that this new editorial partnership will work well and take Bus and Coach Buyer forward. ATG Media is committed to developing the magazine and this reorganisation brings new capabilities to the team without sacrificing its existing strengths.’
David said, ‘I intend to drive Bus and Coach Buyer’s commitment to bringing you a varied and positive magazine each week and give Stuart the opportunity to pursue the activities that most interest him, researching and writing articles on all aspects of the industry. It is good to know that Stuart’s extensive knowledge of the industry and, perhaps more importantly, its people, will continue to be central to the magazine’s editorial direction. I look forward to working with the established writing team of Chris Peat and Kirsty Flatt together with our regular contributors including Roger French, Roger Davies, Rob Orchard and Doug Jack.’