Pensions man is CPT’s new Chief Executive

The Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT) UK has announced the appointment of Graham Vidler as its new Chief Executive. Mr Vidler was previously Director of External Affairs at the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association. He takes up his new post on 7 May.

Before joining the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association, Graham was Director of Communications and Engagement at NEST Pensions from 2008-14, having previously held marketing, policy and research roles at AVIVA, Which?, the ABI and the House of Commons. Graham has a degree in Geography and Sociology from the University of Kent.

Joining Graham at CPT are Tom Brackenbury and Alison Edwards. Tom and Alison will be taking on the roles of External Relations Manager and Policy & Public Affairs Manager respectively within CPT’s newly created External Relations Unit.

Current Interim Chief Executive, Peter Gomersall, will return to the role of Deputy Chief Executive during the transitionary period.

Speaking on Graham’s appointment, CPT President, Martin Dean, said: “Following a lengthy and detailed interview process, I am delighted that Graham has agreed to join CPT as our new Chief Executive. Graham’s vast experience within External Relations and communications and policy roles means he is ideally positioned to lead our trade association during these challenging and ever-changing times.

“Graham brings a huge amount of practical and detailed business knowledge to this key position within the industry, and I am confident that his appointment will further establish CPT as the organisation leading the debate on the future of road transport and the on-going contribution of bus and coach.”

Mr Vidler added: “I am delighted to be joining CPT during these critical yet exciting times for the industry. There has never been a better time for bus and coach operators to join together and demonstrate the vital role they have to play in helping governments, local authorities and stakeholders meet our shared objectives – improving air quality, reducing road congestion and supporting the economic prosperity of our towns and high streets – while also continuing to provide a first class service to passengers.

“I very much look forward to meeting with CPT members across the UK to learn first-hand about the many challenges they face and the changing operational landscape which lies ahead.”

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