Biggest line-up yet for Young Bus Managers Network

Nine organisations are represented in the Young Bus Managers Network event, its biggest line-up ever.

Set to take place on Tuesday 18 and Wednesday 19 October, the Young Bus Managers Network autumn conference will be held at The Quays Hotel in Sheffield city centre.

Thomas Ableman, Director of Strategy & Innovation at TfL, having previously worked at National Express and Chiltern Railways before founding Snap Travel Tech and the Freewheeling transport and mobility blog will lead the main days conference.

Meanwhile, Zenobe is helping some of the UK’s biggest operators in their transition from diesel to electric. Business Development Director, Bradley Fox, will outline current innovations in this area of the industry.

Two former graduate management trainees, now leading two of the most respected bus operations in Yorkshire, will offer a local perspective. Ben Gilligan and Matt Kitchin are in charge at East Yorkshire, part of Go-Ahead, and Stagecoach Yorkshire respectively. They will offer their career highlights, lessons and the current opportunities and challenges serving two contrasting areas of Yorkshire.

Andreas Schörling, UK managing director of Flixbus, is to speak about the company’s tech-first approach to travel and its future expansion plans.

John Dowie, presently Executive Director of Infrastructure and Place at South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority, will tell the Network about the important work from his perspective in this fascinating area of the country and how it is linked to wider development and infrastructure. He has held senior roles at both FirstBus and the Department for Transport.

The usual site visit will take us to First’s Olive Grove depot. Reputedly one of the largest depots in the county, FirstBus Sheffield’s base will provide an insight into how it serves the city, giving delegates a behind-the-scenes visit and tour of this impressive facility.

Two YBMN members will take to the stage: Matt King of Arriva Midlands and Scott Cooper of Cotham Coaches in the North East. The conference will be rounded off with the interactive Dragons Den group session, where the ideas and visions of those in attendance get put to the test by three key industry figures who will offer feedback and further discussion.

“This promises to be another can’t miss event for any young bus manager keen to develop their knowledge” – Young Bus Managers Network committee member, Alex Hornby

“This promises to be another can’t miss event for any young bus manager keen to develop their knowledge, learn from industry experts and network with like-minded individuals”, says Young Bus Managers Network committee member, Alex Hornby.

“We rely on the support of our great industry to make these events a success and a rewarding occasion for those at the beginning of their career – and are confident all who join us in Sheffield will be better future leaders for doing so!”

To book your place and find full details about the conference and how to get there, click here.

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