First South Yorkshire appoints new Engineering Director
Local bus operator First South Yorkshire has bolstered its engineering team with the appointment of a new Engineering Director, Chris Gent.
Chris has joined the business from outside the bus industry after working for a global parcel distribution company for over 15 years. He was responsible for over 4500 vehicles and ground support equipment in the UK, Ireland and Nordic countries.
The business has brought in a new Engineering Director to lead the team who maintain over 400 buses that travel around Sheffield, Doncaster and Rotherham every day. First South Yorkshire is striving to make things better for customers by working to speed up buses and reduce journey times and the engineering team plays a keep part in maintaining a reliable service for customers.
Speaking about the new appointment, Garry Birmingham, Managing Director of First South Yorkshire and former Engineering Director, said: “I’m delighted to have Chris join the team here in South Yorkshire. He brings with him a wealth of engineering experience and a proven track record of leading strong and successful teams which consistently deliver a fleet that is safe, good looking, reliable and cost effective.”
Chris Gent, Engineering Director at First South Yorkshire, said: “I’m really excited about joining First to embark on evolving the engineering talent and customer solution in South Yorkshire. I originally applied for a position as an apprentice with South Yorkshire Travel when I was 16 and have since had a successful career within the truck industry and so you could say I’ve come full-circle!
“I believe our mission must be driving change presently for now and the future, the key pieces being a reliable and sustainable local transport service. A legacy we all play a part in with the First Group.”
For more information on engineering vacancies available at First Bus, please visit uk.firstgroupcareers.com.