Nottingham City Transport MD Mark Fowles to retire after 27 years

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Nottingham City Transport (NCT)’s Managing Director Mark Fowles is to retire in April 2021, after 27 years of service.

Mark Fowles with his award for services to the bus industry. UK BUS AWARDS

Mark joined the bus industry in 1984 on the National Bus Company’s senior management training scheme where he held various management roles. He left in June 1994 to become deputy MD at NCT, taking over as MD in 2001 and following the successful bid to operate the city’s tram network also assumed the role of the Chairman of the Arrow Consortium which re-introduced trams to Nottingham in 2004.

Mark said: “I have really enjoyed my time at NCT, joining initially to see the tram through to breaking ground and staying on to change both the culture and performance of NCT. It should be the ambition of any leader that during their stewardship, they move the organisation forward, I would like to think that I have done so with NCT. I believe that for the future, NCT will need to adapt its style of management to accommodate the changing exterior environment and this is a long-term process that should be managed from start to finish by a new cohesive team. I have every confidence that those members of the senior management team who remain, after my departure, are more than capable of managing, adapting and taking NCT forward to even greater success.”

Mark’s success with NCT is only part of Mark’s contribution to the industry as a whole. He is actively involved with many of the industry associated UK bodies working to promote the use of public transport and lobbying the Government to support the bus sector.

NCT Chairman, Councillor Graham Chapman said: “Mark Fowles is a unique and very well respected figure within the bus industry nationally. However his main achievements are local. He has helped turn Nottingham City Transport into the best bus company in the UK and made us the envy of many other cities. The city owes him a large debt of gratitude for what he has achieved. I have personally enjoyed working with him to deliver the City Council’s transport plan. I am also grateful that he has left behind him a strong senior management team in place, who will be capable of taking the company forward. Nevertheless he will be sadly missed.”