Four Lothian Directors to leave over next two years
All four of Lothian Buses Executive Directors to leave the operation over the next two years was one of three key decisions taken during a meeting of the Lothian Buses board on 21 January 2015. The board meeting also decided that there would be a review of management, organisational and remuneration arrangements together with the development of succession planning arrangements with transition, continuity and stability prioritised.
Tony Depledge was appointed as Chair on an interim basis in November to develop a solution using his extensive transport industry expertise and experience to bring back confidence and stability to the leadership of the company. He said, ‘My commitment is to ensure that Lothian Buses is equipped to thrive as a modern, agile business to the benefit of its customers and to the wider city economy as part of an integrated network. Recent months have been bruising and damaging for this company in terms of its reputation but, in terms of its performance as a business, we continue to succeed. However, for this success to be sustainable it’s vital that we restore confidence and stability to the leadership of Lothian Buses. This means that change is required. This decision hasn’t been taken lightly and issues raised in recent weeks have led me to the understanding that structure and governance need action.’
‘I see a management team with strong individual qualities and talents but with deep seated relationship issues. We must start a process to help solve those problems. The Board of Directors will want to ensure that any changes made will be in the best interests of the company as a whole. I want Lothian Buses to retain the level of skills and expertise it needs through this period. My focus with the Executive Directors will be on effective succession planning to achieve a logical and realistic process of change. We want to have the right people in place to manage the business and we need to take account of changes as people retire or move on.’