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January 11 2019
By James Rudman

'Full-circle' for Chris Gent

First South Yorkshire has appointed Chris Gent as Engineering Director to lead the team who maintain more than 400 buses that operate daily around Sheffield, Doncaster and Rotherham.

Chris Gent, First South Yorkshire’s Engineering Director

He has joined the bus operator after working for a global parcel distribution company for more than 15 years. In this role, he was responsible for more than 4,500 vehicles and ground support equipment in the UK, Ireland and Nordic countries.

“I’m really excited about joining First to embark on evolving the engineering talent and customer solution in South Yorkshire,” says Chris.

“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.”

Garry Birmingham, Managing Director of First South Yorkshire and former Engineering Director, is delighted about Chris’s appointment.

“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.”

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