New MD appointed for Brighton & Hove

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Martin Harris was part of the management team which formed Brighton & Hove
Martin Harris was part of the management team which formed Brighton & Hove

Go North East Commercial Director Martin Harris has been appointed Managing Director of Brighton & Hove Bus Company.

Martin will take up the role on April 1, 2013 when current Managing Director Roger French retires.

Martin has 32 years’ experience in the bus industry, having begun his career inBrightonas a senior management trainee for Southdown in 1980. He returned to the Sussex coast after two years with West Riding and was later part of the management team which formed Brighton & Hove Bus Company. Martin spent 11 years as Business Manager for the company before taking up the role as Director/General Manager at Go North East in 1996. Since then, Go-Ahead said Martin has excelled in his role as Commercial Director and has been pivotal to Go North East’s success.

David Brown, Go-Ahead Group Chief Executive, said: “Martin has played a key role in the success of Go North East and will bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to his new position as Managing Director at Brighton & Hove.”

Martin Harris said: “I’m thrilled to be taking up this appointment and returning once more to Brighton & Hove.  It’s a company with a well-deserved reputation for excellence with an outstanding leader. This is the one job in the industry that could tempt me away from Go North East and I am looking forward to working with the Brighton & Hove team to continue to build upon their successes for the future.”