Jane Cole to become first female CPT President in 2021

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Jane Cole, Managing Director of Blackpool Transport, has been confirmed as Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT) President for 2021. She will be the first woman to hold the position.

Ms Cole will succeed Steve Whiteway in January 2021. She brings over 20 years’ knowledge of the transport sector to the position, including six years’ experience of leading Blackpool Transport. There, she is responsible for over 650 members of staff.

Ms Cole joined the Lancashire operator in November 2014, having previously worked in the rail industry for Virgin Trains. Her time on the Fylde coast has been characterised by a transformation of the company’s fleet to one of high-quality, modern vehicles that deliver high levels of comfort and passenger amenities.

She says: “I am delighted to step into the role of CPT President. Steve has done an amazing job throughout the pandemic and I am sure he will continue to do so.

“I also look forward to engaging with CPT members across the country and helping them to get the most out of their membership, and to working with the CPT team. They have shown great commitment to helping members during what are extraordinarily difficult times.”

Chief Executive Graham Vidler has thanked Mr Whiteway for his ongoing work as CPT President. Mr Vidler has also welcomed Ms Cole in advance of her formally taking up the role.

Adds Mr Whiteway: “I warmly welcome Jane’s appointment as CPT President for 2021. Her experience and expertise will be invaluable to CPT’s members.

“This year has seen the hardest of times for our industry, but I am proud of the way the CPT team and our members have rallied to support each other. It has been an honour to serve as CPT President and I wish Jane Cole every success in her presidential year.”