Stagecoach London Managing Director Paul Lynch has been named President-elect of the Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT) for 2024.
Mr Lynch will succeed incumbent Ralph Roberts on 18 January 2024 at CPT’s annual dinner and conference. From 6 November until then, he will hold the newly-created position of Vice-President, where he will support and shadow Mr Roberts until formal handover.
Next year will also see Mr Lynch mark 40 years in the passenger transport sector. His career began in 1984 with London Transport and he joined Stagecoach in 1994.
During his time with the group, he has held a number of Director-level positions. Those include Operations Director for Swebus in Sweden, Managing Director roles in Yorkshire and the East Midlands, and Regional Director offices for Wales and the North of England.
With Stagecoach London, Mr Lynch is responsible for a fleet of around 1,500 vehicles and over 4,000 employees. In the recent past, he has overseen the widespread rollout of battery-electric buses and incorporated the former Tower Transit Lea Interchange and HCT Group red bus businesses into Stagecoach London.
Speaking about his appointment, Mr Lynch says: “I am delighted to be President for 2024. I look forward to helping CPT members to get the very best out of their membership.
“CPT is the leading trade association for the coach and bus sector, providing specialist political, operational and policy advice to members when they need it most. I look forward to being involved in this work throughout my time in the role.”
CPT Chief Executive Graham Vidler has welcomed Mr Lynch, noting: “I am delighted that Paul has agreed to be our President for 2024.
“His extensive experience in the transport industry will be a real asset to CPT, further helping to demonstrate why coach and bus is the answer to many of the UK’s environmental and socioeconomic issues. I am look forward to working alongside him.”
Mr Roberts says that he is also “looking forward to working with Paul for the remainder of the year, continuing the great work that CPT carried out for its members.”
He adds: “I have relished the opportunity to be CPT President, getting to know members across the country and supporting them in their vital contribution to keeping local communities connected.”