Richard Hall to step down as Lothian MD

Richard Hall is to stand down as Managing Director of Lothian Buses. He will leave following a board meeting on 5 March.

Mr Hall joined the Edinburgh municipal operator in April 2016.

Since then he has overseen the introduction of services into East Lothian and West Lothian. His tenure also saw the development of the company’s Lothian Motorcoaches brand.

Commercial Director Nigel Serafini will step up as Interim MD with support from the executive team, the operator has confirmed.

“Lothian has been a huge part of my life over the past four years,” says Mr Hall. “Our business never sleeps. We deliver for customers 24/7, 365 days of the year. That operational intensity of running public transport is extremely high, and the time has now come for me to take on a new challenge.

“It has been a tremendous privilege to serve as Lothian’s Managing Director. I am incredibly proud of all that we have achieved as a team. I would like to thank all the people that I have worked with at Lothian for their commitment, assistance and support.”

Chair Jim McFarlane adds: “I thank Richard Hall for the significant contribution that he has made across Lothian during his time as Managing Director.

“Under his leadership, Lothian has seen a significant geographic expansion of its business in addition to growth in customer numbers, revenue and profit. We wish Richard all the best in his future endeavours.”