Stephen Morris bids farewell to Bus Users
Stephen Morris is stepping down as Bus Users’ Deputy Chief Executive.
Stephen was brought in to Bus Users in 2000, specifically to turn the organisation’s newsletter into a published magazine. Becoming increasingly involved in policy issues and day-to-day management at Bus Users, Stephen joined the full-time staff in 2007, helping to steer the organisation through a period of great change following the introduction of the 2008 Local Transport Act.
After becoming General Manager in 2008, and recognising the need for a more strategic approach, Stephen and the Board appointed Claire Walters as Chief Executive in 2012. In his new role as Deputy Chief Executive, Stephen has taken a lead in policy development and has been pivotal in establishing Bus Users as the National Enforcement Body for complaints in Great Britain (outside London) under the European Passenger Rights Regulations.
Stephen said: “Public transport is the future and the bus has a vital role to play. With proper investment, buses can rejuvenate town centres, reduce congestion and pollution, build social inclusion, boost the economy and offer a genuine alternative to the car.
“For many people the bus is a lifeline and I am proud to have worked for the only national organisation dedicated to giving bus passengers a voice.”
Ahead of his departure, Stephen has been involved in helping the Board look at ways of strengthening the organisation’s operations to ensure it is better able to meet the needs of passengers. While Stephen intends to take a short break and do some travelling, he will continue to work alongside Bus Users on policy in both the UK and Europe.
Claire Walters, Chief Executive of Bus Users, said: “Stephen has been a driving force behind Bus Users and has made a huge contribution to the industry generally. He's been a passionate advocate of bus passengers and of bus travel and we hope to benefit from his knowledge and expertise long into the future.”