New role for Gillian Merron
Gillian Merron, Chair of Bus Users UK, is to take up a new role as Chief Executive of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, the voice of the Jewish community in Britain.
During Gillian’s time at Bus Users the organisation has undergone immense change, becoming the designated body for passenger complaints under EU Passenger Rights Legislation in 2014, and launching Bus Users Scotland in 2013.
Gillian also oversaw the appointment of a new Chief Executive, Claire Walters, who was tasked with undertaking a full strategic review of the organisation.
Speaking on her new appointment Gillian said: "I am proud of the unprecedented advance made by Bus Users in becoming a more effective champion. The changes made leave the organisation ever stronger as a professional representative of bus passengers and a clear voice to the industry, and to decision makers at all levels of government.
“It is an honour to have served as Chair and I will miss being a part of the transport world. I now look forward to taking up a new challenge, in serving my community in a key national role. I value the support and friendship I have received, and remain committed to the practical view that bus services are vital to people and to prosperity across the UK.”
Claire Walters said: “As a former Transport Minister, Gillian’s knowledge and expertise has been invaluable to Bus Users. Gillian has led us through one of the most transformative periods in the history of the organisation and has helped raise the profile of Bus Users throughout the sector. We wish her every success in her new role.”
Gillian takes up her new post in July, before which she will be chairing the Bus Users’ Annual General Meeting in Edinburgh on 17 May.