No less than nine different organizations will be represented in what promises to be its biggest line-up yet at the upcoming Young Bus Managers’ Conference taking place in Sheffield on Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th October. The Young Bus Managers Network is heading to Yorkshire for its autumn conference, which it says will feature a full program of high profile speakers and site visits.
Thomas Ableman, director of strategy and innovation at Transport for London, having previously worked at National Express and Chiltern Railways before founding Snap Travel Tech and the Freewheeling transport and mobility blog, will lead the main day’s conference. He has some very interesting insights into travel and its future direction, and will no doubt inspire the next generation of bus leaders.
Meanwhile, Zenobē is helping some of the UK’s largest operators in their transition from diesel to electric. Its Director of Business Development, Bradley Fox, will describe current innovations in this critical area of the industry, and the work Zenobē is doing to make the business case work while supporting long-term innovation and investment.
Two former graduate management trainees, who currently run two of Yorkshire’s respected bus operations, will provide a local perspective. Ben Gilligan and Matt Kitchin are responsible for East Yorkshire and Stagecoach Yorkshire respectively. They will offer career highlights, lessons learned, and current opportunities and challenges serving two contrasting regions of White Rose County.
Shifting speeds from local bus to the growing intercity express sector, the conference will hear from Andreas Schörling, UK Managing Director of Flixbus. Since its launch in Germany in 2013, Flixbus now connects over 2,500 destinations in 40 European countries and is growing rapidly in the UK. Andreas will discuss the company’s technology approach to travel and its future expansion plans. Reflecting the increased role of the public sector in the coach and bus industry: John Dowie, currently Executive Director of Infrastructure and Place at the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority, will speak from his perspective in this part of the country and how it relates to development and infrastructure. He has held senior positions at First Bus and the Department of Transport.
The site visit will take delegates to First’s Olive Grove depot in Sheffield. Reputedly one of the largest depots in the county, First’s Sheffield base will provide insight into how the company serves the city with a behind-the-scenes tour and tour of the facility. The conference will be complemented by an ‘interactive Dragons’ Den’ panel session, where attendees’ ideas and visions are tested by a team of ‘dragons’ – three key industry figures who will offer commentary and more in-depth discussions. . Finally, delegates will hear from two members of the Young Bus Managers Network as Matt King from Arriva Midlands and Scott Cooper from Cotham Coaches in the North East discuss their work at two contrasting businesses and offer relevant insight for those at the start. of their career.
“This promises to be another can’t-miss event for any young bus operator looking to expand their knowledge, learn from industry experts, and network with like-minded individuals,” said Alex Hornby, committee member of the Young Bus Managers Network. “We count on the support of our great industry to make these events a success and a rewarding opportunity for those just starting out in their careers – and are confident that everyone who joins us in Sheffield will be better future leaders for this.”