UK bus operator appoints David Martin as chairman


UK’s largest bus operator, FirstGroup plc said it has appointed David Martin to the Board and will become Chairman with immediate effect.

David is the former Chief Executive of Arriva, a leading passenger transport group providing a range of services including bus, coach and rail operations across 14 countries, with revenues of over €6bn. His career in the transport industry began in 1986.

He was appointed to the Board of Arriva in 1998 with specific responsibility for international development, before taking over the leadership of the company in 2006. During his tenure, Arriva was transformed into a multi-national transport services group through a number of key strategic mergers and acquisitions. In September 2010 the company was purchased by Deutsche Bahn, one of the world’s leading passenger transport and logistics companies. David remained as Chief Executive throughout this period, before stepping down in January 2016. He remained on the Arriva Board advising on a range of issues until May 2017.

David is currently Senior Independent Director at waste management group Biffa plc and served as Interim Chairman of that company for a period of six months. He was formerly a Non-Executive Director at Ladbrokes plc and was Chair of their Remuneration Committee, as well as a member of their Audit and Nomination Committees. He is also a member of the advisory board at Nottingham Business School and a member of the steering committee at Nottingham Trent University.

A chartered management accountant, David was previously Operations and Acquisitions Director at British Bus plc, where he was responsible for development of strategy and M&A. He has also held roles at shipping company Holyhead Group and business services group Initial Services plc.ll stakeholders.”