CPT Regional Manager, John Burch, to retire
The Confederation of Passenger Transport‘s regional Manager for the West, John Burch, is to retire from the CPT. His last meetings will be at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel West Midlands event on 8 November, and South West regional meeting on 23 November.
John, who has worked for the CPT for 18 years, was formerly General Manager at Red Bus Services in Devon, where he still lives. He joined the operations team at CPT in 2005, and became a Regional Manager in 2010: “I reach the grand old age of 65 soon and at that point I will have earned my living from the bus and coach industry for 46 years,” John says.
“I decided earlier this year that it was time to move over and allow someone new with fresh ideas and a different skillset to take over. My last day with the organisation will be 30 November. I have thoroughly enjoyed dealing with the variety of operational issues upon which members have sought advice. I hope that my experiences in the operational world with bus and coach operators large and small within both the state and private sector have been useful to pass on to members. They say that every day is a school day and that has certainly been true of my time at CPT.”
John won’t be putting his feet up, however: “This really is a people industry and I have made many friends over the years. Switching to a four-day week with CPT in 2017 has allowed me to develop my interest in teaching and training and general compliance work outside CPT. I have been able to pass on the benefit of my experience to operators, and I intend to continue and expand my work to this end after I leave CPT.”
Among other plans, John will become the Transport Manager for a heritage railway’s vintage bus operation.