A new executive team at First Bus has been finalised with the appointment of the company’s new Chief Sustainability and Compliance Officer
First Bus has announced the appointment of its new Chief Sustainability and Compliance Officer, Isabel McAllister, who joins the operator’s executive team from Mace, which operates in the built environment sector.
The new strategic role will see Isabel leading the charge to drive forward environmental, decarbonisation and fleet product development activities at First Bus as the company pushes towards its goal of zero fleet emissions by 2035. She will also lead the company’s ongoing focus on safety and community. Isabel joins First with over 20 years of experience in the sustainable built environment sector, working for multinational organisations, including most recently in her role as Director of Responsible Business for Mace.
Isabel commented: “I am so excited to be joining First Bus to help the team integrate and deliver new sustainability ambition, Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) processes and embed compliance. It’s a great time for the bus industry with massive opportunities post COP26; a once in a lifetime chance to change how people travel and to encourage more people to take public transport as we transition to zero emissions.”
Janette Bell, Managing Director for First Bus added: “I’m delighted that Isabel has agreed to join us at First Bus to help drive forward our ESG and sustainability agenda as we all focus together on reaching our Mission 2035 goals and helping to improve the lives of our people and the communities we serve.
“We’re in the process of a big organisational transformation, moving from being an asset-based business focused on buses, to one that’s more customer and service-orientated, which puts people and the planet at the heart of everything we do. Our culture as a business is changing for the better against the backdrop of all our sustainability efforts, and we are delighted to have Isabel on board to help shape and deliver our ambitious goals in this area.”
This latest appointment marks the final piece of the formation of a new executive team at First Bus under Managing Director, Janette Bell, which will see Colin Brown in charge of Finance, Kevin Green overseeing everything People, Andrew Jarvis looking after Operations, Joe Thompson focusing on Strategy and Growth, Simon Pearson heading up Commercial and Isabel McAllister taking the lead on Sustainability & Compliance. Richard Marsden will continue to support the business on major strategic projects until he leaves the executive team during the summer.