Martin Dean takes helm at Go-Ahead Regional Bus

The Go-Ahead Group has appointed Martin Dean to become Managing Director, UK Regional Bus, with responsibility for all its bus companies in the UK outside London.

With more than three decades’ experience in transport, Martin is well suited to his new role and is Chairman of the industry’s trade body, the Confederation of Passenger Transport.

Martin was previously Managing Director – Business Development for Go-Ahead, where he was successful in identifying new business opportunities, both domestically and internationally which included leading the Group’s expansion into Manchester in the UK, Singapore, and the Republic of Ireland overseas.

In his new role, Martin will be responsible for overseeing the performance of Go-Ahead’s UK regional bus companies. This includes Go North East, Go North West, Go South West, Go South Coast, Oxford Bus Company, Metrobus, Go East Anglia, East Yorkshire, and Brighton & Hove Bus Company.

The new appointment is announced as Christian Schreyer, Chief Executive of The Go-Ahead Group, launches the Group’s new business strategy, called ‘The Next Billion Journeys’. It is aimed at delivering profitable, sustainable growth for the company in a changing market for public transport.

Christian Schreyer said: “Martin brings a wealth of expertise after 13 years at the Go-Ahead Group. He understands the industry from top to bottom and he has a track record of success in building and managing bus businesses as well as his wider industry links through CPT. Martin is the ideal person to build on our UK Regional Bus management. I am confident he will help to achieve the priorities set out in the ‘The Next Billion Journeys’ strategy, helping the business to grow and prosper across all UK regions.”

Martin said: “It’s a privilege to take on this role as we encourage more and more people back onto the buses following the pandemic. I’m looking forward to working with the outstanding regional teams across the UK. I’m excited to see what the future brings for UK regional buses especially as we start seeing the benefits of the Government’s investment in zero emission fleets and Bus Service Improvement Plans.”

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