Transport for Edinburgh board membership confirmed

Councillors today agreed to appoint three non-executive directors to the board of Transport for Edinburgh ahead of the first board meeting on the 18th December.

Ann Faulds who is a currently a non-executive director at Lothian Buses will become chair of Lothian Buses and will also join the Transport for Edinburgh board. Transport experts Tony Depledge and Dr Steve Cassidy will join as non-executive directors. The appointments are for a period of two years.

The new members will join non-executive directors Cllr Lesley Hinds (Chair of Transport for Edinburgh), Cllr Steve Cardownie, Cllr Joanna Mowatt and Cllr Nigel Bagshaw, along with directors Ian Craig, Bill Campbell, Bill Devlin and Norman Strachan from Lothian Buses.

Transport for Edinburgh will initially oversee tram and bus services but there is future potential to look wider and to consider other transport issues and opportunities.

Cllr Lesley Hinds, Transport Convener and Chair of Transport for Edinburgh, said:

“I’m delighted with our new appointments and I’d like to welcome them to the team at this exciting time. I’m confident that we now have a good balance of experience and expertise that can really drive Edinburgh’s integrated transport agenda. Our membership gives us public transportation expertise, transport research knowledge, legal nous and a deep understanding of what makes Edinburgh tick. 

“This is a brand new approach to transport in our city and, with our new members and with existing expertise from Lothian Buses, we’re very well placed to develop an organisation that can contribute to Edinburgh’s future prosperity.

“We’re already integrating ticketing, timetables and customer services to make journeys easier but there’s much more opportunity ahead to develop wider transport policy in a way that benefits everyone who wants to get around the city, whether they use bus, tram, bike or go on foot.”

The appointments were made at today’s meeting of the City of Edinburgh Council.

Transport for Edinburgh non-executive directors – biographies

Ann Faulds is an Edinburgh based Solicitor and partner of the leading law firm Dundas & Wilson heading up its Planning and Transport team. Ann is author of 'Scottish Roads Law' and she annotated the Transport (Scotland) Act 2001. She was a Member of the Accounts Commission for Scotland from 2003 to 2009. As well as sitting on the Lothian Buses Board since 2009, Ann is an elected member of Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) and she chairs the transport committee of the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce. Ann is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation.

Dr Steve Cassidy lives in Edinburgh and has a background in academic research, private sector marketing and transportation technology consultancy.  He has particular expertise in applying technology to support transport and has completed many high profile projects in ticketing, smart card systems and the design and evaluation of travel information technology.  Steve’s academic research was undertaken at the Transport Studies Group at the University of Westminster, and at the University of Nottingham Institute of Urban Planning Studies. He is currently advising (at board Level) Vancouver Regional Transport Authority, Transport Scotland and The Scottish Cities Alliance.

Tony Depledge has extensive experience of integrated transport systems and has worked in public transport for over 40 years. He was Arriva’s Director of Transport Policy and before that Managing Director and Chief Executive of Blackpool Transport Services ltd. Tony spent four years as President of the European Union Committee of the International Trade Association (UITP) and is now an Honorary Vice President.  He is also a trustee of the transport charity, the Rees Jeffrey’s Road Fund. Tony is also a board member of Northern Ireland Transport Holding Company (NITHC).

Council also agreed to extend the appointments of Owen Boyle, Marjory Rodger, Donald MacLeod and John Martin as non-executive directors of Lothian Buses until May 2015.

About Transport for Edinburgh

Transport for Edinburgh brings Lothian Buses and Edinburgh Trams together into one single economic entity to allow bus services and tram operations to operate in an integrated way with common ticketing and customer services.

Services such as finance, human resources, marketing and facilities management that are currently within Lothian Buses will also service the tram to maximise value, minimise operating costs and deliver efficiencies across the group. 

Transport for Edinburgh’s fifteen year financial model shows a positive outlook with a forecast profit of £3.7m over the period with an operating surplus in the fourth year of operations. The £3.7m relates to the Council’s position taking into account, tram, bus, lifecycle and infrastructure maintenance. The operational position for Transport for Edinburgh is forecast to be £55.2m over 15 years which is paid to the Council by way of dividends.

The tram project

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.

The Council’s project team has forecast that the service will be up and running for passengers by May 2014, two months earlier than the original summer 2014 target.

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