Peter Huntley goes ahead

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Peter Huntley is to leave his position as managing director of Go North East at the end of the year, after nearly six years in the post.

Peter, who will be leaving the North East and going to the North Pole on an expedition for charity, says he leaves the group in “great shape”, explaining: “GNE has never been more successful and we continue to grow commercial passengers and revenue, despite the difficult economic conditions in the region.

“Our Gateshead ‘Super Depot’ scheme has been approved, investment is flowing and innovation and development are now embedded in the company’s DNA. It is particularly satisfying to see our best profit ever coinciding with a remarkable 92% satisfaction rate in the latest Passenger Focus research. Being part of Go Ahead Group is tantamount to playing in the ‘Premier League’ for quality and so beating renowned operators such as Brighton & Hove and Oxford Bus on quality scores is a wonderful achievement for everyone.

“GNE is in great shape for the challenges ahead. The business has been transformed and I know I leave it in the safe hands of a dedicated first class team.”

A process to recruit a successor will commence immediately.

Commenting on Peter’s departure, David Brown, Go-Ahead group CEO said: “I would also like to wish Peter well on his next adventure which is a self funded charity walk to the North Pole – pulling an equipment laden sled for 16 days over ice and snow. It will take huge determination and willpower which I know Peter has in abundance.”

Peter’s 16-day expedition in aid of Transaid, will take place in April 2012 and is being funded by Peter himself. He is searching for 10 companies willing to sponsor him for £1000 each.

If you would like to sponsor Peter, email him at [email protected]. Transaid’s website is www.transaid.org