Bill Hiron is Managing Director of Stephensons of Essex

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The Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT) has announced that Bill Hiron, Managing Director of Stephensons of Essex, has been appointed CPT President for 2015. He takes over from Chris Owens, MD of Alpine Travel.

Bill has spent his entire career so far in the bus industry, starting with a degree in Transport Management and Planning at Loughborough University during which he spent a year with Trent in Derbyshire. Bill was one of the last to join the National Bus Company Senior Management Training Scheme before deregulation in 1986.

He went on to join Cheltenham and Gloucester, Midland Red South, Stagecoach, Badgerline and worked his way up to a seat on the FirstGroup UK Bus Board as Divisional Director, Midlands and East Anglia. Since 2001 he has been MD of Stephensons, the largest independently owned bus operator in Essex.

Bill Hiron said: “Our industry faces challenging and uncertain times, but I am confident that through continued innovation, partnership working and commitment to our passengers, coach and bus operators will continue to be recognised for the enormous contribution they make to the travelling public and the local economy.

“I should also like to pay tribute to my predecessor, Chris Owens, for his commitment to CPT over the last year.”