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Giles Fearnley

Managing Director, First Bus

Giles Fearnley

In 1991 Giles Fearnley led the management buy-out of Blazefield Holdings which operated bus networks principally across Yorkshire and Lancashire. He remained as Chief Executive for two years following the Group’s sale to Transdev plc in 2006. In the mid 90’s, Giles took a 'sabbatical' into the rail industry and was one of the founders of Prism Rail PLC, which came to operate four passenger rail franchises in the UK. He was appointed its Chief Executive in 1997 and led the Group prior to its sale in 2000 to National Express. Most recently he served as Chairman of Grand Central, the open access rail operator prior to its sale to DB in 2011.

Until January 2011 Giles was Chairman of the Confederation of Passenger Transport, having also been a past President of the organisation. He is also past Chairman of the Association of Train Operating Companies. He formerly chaired Journey Solutions, the bus and rail industry initiative to promote integration and also chairs Greener Journeys, the UK bus and coach industry’s campaign to promote modal shift from cars to buses and coaches. Giles joined FirstGroup in February 2011 as its Managing Director responsible for the UK Bus division.

Dave Leach

President and CEO, Greyhound

Dave Leach

Dave is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Greyhound Lines. He began his career with Greyhound Canada in 1986. He joined Greyhound Lines, Inc. in 2006 as Chief Operating Officer, after leading Greyhound Canada as Senior Vice President. As COO he was responsible for all customer service functions, safety, real estate and facilities, driver operations, maintenance, industry relations and the company's subsidiaries. With more than two decades of experience in the private intercity bus industry, Dave has an unrivalled understanding of its challenges and opportunities. Dave is a board member of both the Canadian Bus Association and American Highway Users Alliance.

Dennis Maple

President, First Student

Dennis Maple

Dennis joined First Student in January 2014 from Aramark Corporation, a leading services organisation with revenues of over $13bn, where over the previous ten years he performed a number of senior roles, most recently as President of Aramark Education. Prior to that, he undertook a number of senior management roles within large organisations including Coors Brewing Company, Kraft General Foods, Inc., PepsiCo, Inc., and Quaker Oats Company.

Dennis has an outstanding record of leadership and delivery, particularly in contract based operations, as well as considerable experience of the North American education sector. As President of Aramark Education, he oversaw the provision of integrated services to the K-12 sector (elementary, middle and secondary education) of approximately 3,600 schools across some 500 school districts in the US.

Steve Montgomery

Managing Director, First Rail

Steve Montgomery

Steve's career in the railway industry spans almost 30 years, during which time he has gained significant experience in all aspects of rail management. He started his working life with British Rail and held various senior posts before becoming Operations and Safety Director at ScotRail, coinciding with FirstGroup taking over the franchise in 2004. He was appointed Managing Director of First ScotRail in 2009. Under his leadership, First ScotRail achieved the highest ever levels of customer satisfaction and punctuality in the franchise's history and won countless awards including Rail Operator of the Year in 2014 and Scottish Public Transport Operator of the Year in both 2012 and 2013.

Brad Thomas

President, First Transit and First Vehicle Services

Brad Thomas

As President of First Transit and First Vehicle Services, Brad Thomas is responsible for more than 19,000 employees across North America. Brad joined First Transit as senior vice president of the East Region in 2003 and was named president in 2009. With nearly 20 years of experience in the transit industry, Brad is well versed in fixed-route, paratransit, university transportation systems and fleet maintenance solutions.

Brad earned a bachelor’s degree in political science at the State University of New York College at Cortland and holds a master's degree in political science - public policy analysis and administration - from Binghamton University (NY). Committed to service, Brad encourages his teammates to actively support their communities and professional associations. His engaging and respected approach has helped transform the business and its relationship with customers across the continent.