Phil White joins Shearings Group as Chairman

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Phil White (left) with Shearings CEO Denis Wormwell
Phil White (left) with Shearings CEO Denis Wormwell

Shearings Group has appointed Phil White CBE as Chairman.

Phil, who took the position on July 1, is currently Chairman of car retailer Lookers, student accommodation provider Unite Group and infrastructure services business Kier Group, as well as Non-Executive Director at Stagecoach Group and Vp.

A chartered accountant, he has spent much of his executive career in passenger transport. His previous roles also include Chief Executive of National Express Group between 1997 and 2006. His appointment follows a management buyout of the business last month with the backing of Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking.

Commenting on his appointment, Phil said: “I’m delighted to be joining Shearings at such an exciting time in its journey. With a recovering economy, an unrivalled proposition and a clear growth strategy, the Group is well placed to deliver on its ambitions. This is a business with both a proud past and a bright future.”

Denis Wormwell, Chief Executive of Shearings Group, said: “Phil has a glittering track record and brings many years of board level experience across a diverse range of sectors. Following the management buyout, his strategic counsel and guidance will be enormously valuable to the team as we implement our growth strategy and continue to take the business forward.”

Shearings recently said it had grown passenger numbers by 2.6% to a record 1.05m in 2013.