As details emerge of the complaints levelled against Lothian Buses boss Ian Craig, Edinburgh transport convenor Lesley Hinds is under growing pressure to explain why the council blocked a move to dismiss him

 

Lesley Hinds (left) and Ian Craig, pictured on an Edinburgh tram earlier this year

 

Staff at council-owned Lothian Buses are calling for an independent inquiry into City of Edinburgh Council’s decision to block a move by the company’s non-executive directors to dismiss chief executive Ian Craig.

In November, the company’s five non-executive directors agreed unanimously to sack Craig following a 10-week investigation into his conduct. Leaked details of the investigation have subsequently revealed that five of the eight complaints against him were upheld. However, council transport convenor Lesley Hinds refused consent to remove him, leading Lothian Buses chair Ann Faulds to resign her position.

Hinds and interim Lothian Buses chair Tony Depledge want to “rebuild the leadership” of the company, but others are demanding answers. Marjory Rodger, a non-executive director of Lothian Buses, wrote earlier this month to Sue Bruce, chief executive of the council, to ask why the decision to remove Craig had been rejected. The company’s Joint Trade Union Committee has called for an independent inquiry into the rejection.

Meanwhile, it is understood that Craig removed many personal effects from his office on December 19.

 

Further coverage in the latest issue of Passenger Transport:

Hinds wants to move on, but story won’t die
Details of Lothian Buses boardroom rift continue to emerge

 

This article appears inside the latest issue of Passenger Transport.

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