Transport for Edinburgh board recruitment begins

The City of Edinburgh Council is seeking to appoint three individuals to take up non-executive director positions on both the Transport for Edinburgh and Lothian Buses boards.

One of the appointments will also take on the role of Non-Executive Chair of the board of Lothian Buses.

Appointments to the board are being brought forward to help to maintain the current momentum of the tram project. This means that the board can start taking critical decisions related to the introduction of tram alongside Lothian Buses under an integrated management arrangement. 

Councillor Lesley Hinds, the city’s Transport and Environment Convener, said: “Edinburgh’s new tram service is fast approaching and we’re developing the service in a way that fully complements our award winning bus service. Our aim is to create a fully integrated transport system for the Capital and the board members of Transport for Edinburgh will have a crucial role to play. 

“Transport for Edinburgh needs to be customer focused and sensitive to stakeholder and consumer demands while delivering excellence in executive and financial management. The board of this newly created organisation will play a central role in delivering on this. As such, we are looking to appoint three high calibre individuals with extensive commercial experience as well as an understanding of the role transport will play in the continued growth and success of Edinburgh in the coming years.”

The appointments of non-executive directors will be made in December 2013. 

An information pack about the roles and details of how to apply is available on the Council’s website.

The tram project remains in line with the revised budget (£776m) approved by the Council in September 2011, with work either ahead of schedule or in line with the revised timescale reported in December 2011. A passenger service is scheduled for operation in May 2014.

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