First Bus completes exec team assembly with Isabel McAllister

Isabel McAllister joins First Bus executive team

First Bus has completed the assembly of an overhauled executive team with the appointment of Isabel McAllister (pictured) as Chief Sustainability and Compliance Officer.

Ms McAllister joins from global built environment company Mace, where she was most recently Director of Responsible Business. She will drive forward First Bus’s environmental, decarbonisation and fleet product development activities as it works towards a zero-emission fleet by 2035. Ms McAllister will also lead the group’s ongoing focus on safety and community.

The appointment finalises a six-strong executive team for First Bus under Managing Director Janette Bell. Its members and their responsibilities are:

  • Colin Brown: Finance
  • Kevin Green: People
  • Andrew Jarvis: Operations
  • Isabel McAllister: Sustainability and compliance
  • Simon Pearson: Commercial
  • Joe Thompson: Strategy and growth.

Mr Jarvis and Mr Thompson previously had joint responsibility for operations but a “slight tweak” to their roles saw Mr Jarvis take on the full operations portfolio and Mr Thompson head strategy and growth. In addition, Richard Marsden will continue to support the business on major strategic projects until he departs the executive team this summer.

Says Ms Bell: “I am delighted that Isabel McAllister has agreed to join us at First Bus to help drive forward out environmental, social and governance and sustainability agenda as we all focus together on reaching our Mission 2035 goals and helping to improve the lives of our people and the communities we serve.

“We are in the process of a big organisational transformation, moving from being an asset-based business focused on buses to one that is more customer- and service-orientated, which puts people and the planet at the heart of everything we do.

“Our culture as a business is changing for the better against a backdrop of all our sustainability efforts, and we are delighted to have Isabel on board to help shape and deliver our ambitious goals in this area.”