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Board of directors

Wolfhart Hauser

Chairman; Chair of the Nomination Committee 3

Appointed: 2015
Key areas of prior expertise: Governance, Strategy
Skills and experience: Starting his career with various research activities covering also road traffic safety, Wolfhart went on to establish and lead a broad range of successful international service industry businesses. He was Chief Executive of Intertek Group plc for ten years until he retired in May2015. He was previously Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and President of TÜV Süddeutschland AG for four years and CEO of TÜV product services for ten years.
Other appointments: independent Non-Executive Director of Associated British Foods plc and Senior Independent Director of RELX Group plc.

Tim O’Toole CBE

Chief Executive 5,6

Tim O’Toole, Chief Executive

Appointed: 2009 and became Chief Executive in 2010
Key areas of prior expertise: Transportation, Strategy
Skills and experience: Tim brings to the Board a wealth of international transport management experience gained over a number of years in the sector. Prior to joining the Company, he was Managing Director, London Underground, having previously been at Transport for London. He was President and Chief Executive of Consolidated Rail Corporation and a Non-Executive Director of CSX Corporation until March 2017.

Matthew Gregory

Chief Financial Officer 5,6

Matthew Gregory, Chief Financial Officer

Appointed: 2015
Key areas of prior expertise: Finance, M&A
Skills and experience: Matthew has strong financial and operational expertise, including strategic and financial planning and control, as well as extensive international experience of driving performance improvement and restructuring. Former Group Finance Director of Essentra plc, having previously been Director of Corporate Development as well as having held a number of senior finance roles. His early career was spent at Rank Group plc and Ernst & Young.

Richard Adam

Non-Executive Director; Chair of the Audit Committee 1,2

Appointed: 2017
Key areas of prior expertise: Finance, M&A, International Business
Skills and experience: Richard has served as Finance Director of private and listed businesses fornearly 30 years. From 2007 until retiring in 2016 he was Group Finance Director of Carillion plc. Prior to this he was Group Finance Director of Associated British Ports Holdings plc for seven years. He was also previously Non-Executive Director and Chair ofthe Audit Committee of SSL International plc. He qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG in 1982.
Other appointments: Non-Executive Director of Countryside Properties plc, Countrywide plc and BMT Group Ltd; Chair of the Audit Committee of Countryside Properties plc and Countrywide plc; Chair designate of the Audit Committee of BMT Group Ltd; Senior Independent Director of Countryside Properties plc.

Warwick Brady

Non-Executive Director 1

Appointed: 2014
Key areas of prior expertise: Transportation
Skills and experience: Warwick has a strong track record of delivering restructuring, cost reduction and modernisation programmes. His previous roles include Chief Executive of Mandala Airlines in Asia, Deputy Operations Director at Ryanair plc and Chief Operating Officer at Air Deccan/Kingfisher in India and easyJet plc. Warwick also held board positions at Airline Group and NATS, the UK’s airspace provider, and was Deputy CEO of Buzz.
Other appointments: Deputy Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Stobart Group Ltd (until 1 July 2017 when he will become CEO) and strategic Board Advisor at Vistair Systems Ltd.

Jimmy Groombridge

Group Employee Director 4

Appointed: 2017
Key areas of prior expertise: Bus Industry, Employee Relations, Employee Engagement, Safety
Skills and experience: Jimmy has been a bus driver for almost 40 years and is currently employed as a bus driver for First Eastern Counties, one of the Group’s bus operations. An Employee Director for First Eastern Counties Buses Ltd. for more than a decade, he was also elected as the regional Employee Director for Norfolk and Essex. Safety is a passion for Jimmy and as such he is a Be Safe champion. Having gained experience working on projects for different departments within FirstGroup, he has a unique wealth of experience of employee engagement.

Drummond Hall

Senior Independent Non-Executive Director 2,3

Appointed: 2014
Key areas of prior expertise: Marketing, Strategy
Skills and experience: Drummond brings to the Board a wealth of experience gained across a number of customer-focused businesses in the UK,Europe and the US. He was formerly Chief Executive of Dairy Crest Group plc, prior to which his career was spent mainly with Procter & Gamble, Mars and PepsiCo. He has also been Chairman and a Non-Executive Director of Mitchells & Butlers plc and a Non-Executive Director of Taylor Nelson Sofres PLC.
Other appointments: Senior Independent Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Remuneration Committee of WH Smith plc and of TheSage Group plc.

Martha Poulter

Non-Executive Director

Appointed: 2017
Key areas of prior expertise: IT, Business Process Transformation
Skills and experience: Martha’s experience intechnology spans the telecommunications, financial services, and hospitality industries. She was most recently the Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO) of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide and, prior to that, she was Vice President of General Electric and CIO of GE Capital with global responsibility for IT strategy and operations.
Other appointments: Board Director of Norwalk Community College Foundation

Imelda Walsh

Non-Executive Director; Chair of the Remuneration Committee 2,3,4

Appointed: 2014
Key areas of prior expertise: Remuneration, HR
Skills and experience: Imelda brings considerable experience to the Board gained across a number of sectors, as well as outstanding remuneration practice skills. She was formerly Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Remuneration Committee of Sainsbury’s Bank plc and Mothercare plc and has held senior executive roles at J Sainsbury plc (where she was Group HR Director), Barclays Bank plc and Coca-Cola & Schweppes Beverages Limited.
Other appointments: Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Remuneration Committees of William Hill plc and Mitchells & Butlers plc.

Jim Winestock

Non-Executive Director; Chair of the Board Safety Committee 1,3,4

Appointed: 2012
Key areas of prior expertise: Distribution
Skills and experience: Jim brings to the Board considerable operational experience gained within a large complex organisation, together with a track record of achievement. He has served in a number of senior roles and was a member of the management committee during his career at United Parcel Service, Inc, latterly as Senior Vice President and Director of US operations and global security with responsibility for all US operations and 360,000 employees.
Other appointments: Non-Executive Director of YRC Worldwide, Inc; also serves on the Board of two not-for-profit organisations in the US.

  • 1 Member of the Audit Committee
  • 2 Member of the Remuneration Committee
  • 3 Member of the Nomination Committee
  • 4 Member of the Board Safety Committee
  • 5 Member of the Executive Safety Committee
  • 6 Member of the Executive Committee