McGill’s Buses Chief Executive Officer Ralph Roberts (pictured) will become the new Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT) President at the end of January 2022, the trade body has announced.
Ralph will take over from outgoing CPT President Jane Cole and returns to the trade body having previously sat as Chair of CPT Scotland twice.
Ralph brings 40 years of transport sector knowledge to his new role. That includes experience from the past 12 years as CEO of McGill’s Buses, which operates what is believed to be Scotland’s largest zero-emission bus fleet, and a workforce of 1,500 employees.
“I’m delighted to be stepping into the role of CPT President. Jane has done a fantastic job throughout 2021 and I’m sure she will continue to do so,” he says. “I’m looking forward to getting to know CPT members across the country, especially those outside of Scotland, to help them to get the most out of their membership.”
Commenting on the changeover, CPT Chief Executive Graham Vidler says: “I’d like to thank Jane for her dedication and hard work, which I know will continue through to the end of her presidency. Her leadership as President has been invaluable as CPT members have worked to agree the strategic priorities of the organisation for the years ahead.
“I’m delighted to once again welcome Ralph to the CPT team having twice previously been Chair of CPT Scotland. His extensive experience in the transport industry will be a huge asset to CPT.”
In the meantime, Jane will continue as President through to CPT’s Council meeting on 27 January and deliver the closing remarks at the organisation’s Bus and Coach Conference.