Martijn Gilbert has been named as the new chief executive officer of council-owned Reading Buses. Gilbert (pictured), currently business director of Arriva’s 125-vehicle Yorkshire Tiger business, will take up his new role on November 1. He will spend time with his predecessor, James Freeman, before and after that date to make sure that there is a smooth transfer. Freeman is leaving to take charge at First’s Bristol-based West of England business (PT086).

Gilbert, 31, began his career in the scheduling department at London Underground in London Underground in January 2000. He got his first taste of the bus industry a year later when he joined White Rose, a small bus operator in Surrey, as operations manager.

In February 2002, he established his own bus business in the county, Thames Bus, in February 2002. He created an eight-vehicle fleet with a turnover of £0.75m within 12 months, before selling the business to Centra in October 2003.

After two years with Centra, Gilbert joined bus company Tellings Golden Miller as general manager of its operations in Surrey and Portsmouth. After TGM was bought by Arriva, in December 2007, he took up a new role as road transport manager for the group’s UK Trains division.

He stayed with the UK Trains business for five years, serving in different roles, before leaving in August 2013 to lead the transformation of Centrebus Holdings into Yorkshire Tiger.

Commenting on his successor, Freeman said: “This is great news for Reading Buses, for our staff and for our customers. The company’s future looks bright!”

 

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