Managing the Business

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Martin Griffiths
Chief Executive

Appointment to the Board: 2000
Age: 03/31/1966
Committee membership: Health,Safety and Environmental.
External appointments: Virgin Rail Group Holdings Limited (Co-Chairman), AG Barr plc (Non-Executive Director), Rail Delivery Group Limited (Chairman).
Previous experience: A Chartered Accountant, Martin Griffiths joined Stagecoach in 1997 as Group Business Development Manager, before being appointed to the Board as Finance Director in April 2000. He has also served as the senior independent non-executive director of Robert Walters plc and as a non-executive director of Troy Income & Growth Trust plc. He was young Scottish Finance Director of the year in 2004.
Executive responsibilities: Martin Griffiths was appointed Chief Executive from 1 May 2013. Martin Griffiths is responsible for Group health, safety and environmental matters, overall strategy and management of all of the Group’s operations.

Ross Paterson
Finance Director

Appointment to the Board: 2013
Age: 07/29/1971
Committee membership: Pension Oversight.
External appointments: Director and Chairman of Audit Committee, Virgin Rail Group Holdings Limited. Member of the Business Policy Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.
Previous experience: A Chartered Accountant, Ross Paterson joined Stagecoach in 1999. He became Director of Finance & Company Secretary in 2007, with responsibility for treasury, corporate finance, City relations, financial reporting, internal audit and the company secretariat. He succeeded Martin Griffiths as Finance Director in 2013. He is former Deputy Convenor of the Audit and Assurance Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.
Executive responsibilities: Ross Paterson is responsible for the Group’s overall financial policy, taxation, treasury, corporate finance, City relations, financial reporting, information technology and employee benefits. He supports the Chief Executive in the management of the Group’s operations and new business development.

Photograph of Ross Paterson
Sir Brian Souter
Chairman

Appointment to the Board: n/a (co-founder)
Age: 05/05/1954
Committee membership: Nomination (Chair).
External appointments: Chairman, Souter Investments. Vice-President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.
Previous experience: A Chartered Accountant, Sir Brian Souter co-founded Stagecoach. Sir Brian was named UK Master Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2010 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards and, in 2012, became the first public transport entrepreneur to be inducted into the British Travel and Hospitality Industry Hall of Fame. Sir Brian is the architect of the Group’s strategy and philosophy and was the Group’s Chief Executive until 1 May 2013. He has extensive knowledge of the ground transportation industry around the world and continues to support Martin Griffiths and the rest of the management team. Sir Brian has responsibility for the running of the Board.

Will Whitehorn
Deputy Chairman and Senior Independent Non-Executive Director

Appointment to the Board: 2011
Age: 02/22/1960
Committee membership: Nomination
External appointments: Speed Communications Agency Limited (Chairman), Scottish Exhibition Centre Limited (Chairman), Purplebricks Group plc (Non-Executive Director). Member of the First Minister of Scotland’s ‘GlobalScot’ Business mentoring network. President of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. Scottish Gallery (Aitken Dott Limited) (Chairman).
Previous experience: Will Whitehorn joined the Virgin Group in 1987 and served as Group Public Relations manager and as Brand Development and Corporate Affairs Director, before being appointed as President of Virgin Galactic from 2007 to 2011. Will is a former non-executive Chairman of Next Fifteen Communications Group plc and of Crowd Reactive Limited. He was a member of the Science & Technology Facilities Council (“STFC”) until 2012, chaired its Economic Impact Advisory Board and was a non-executive director of STFC Innovations Limited. He was appointed Stagecoach Deputy Chairman and Senior Independent Non-Executive Director effective from 1 April 2016.

Gregor Alexander
Non-Executive Director

Appointment to the Board: 2013
Age: 04/17/1963
Committee membership: Audit (Chair) and Remuneration.
External appointments: Finance Director of SSE plc. Chairman of Scotia Gas Networks, a company 50% owned by SSE plc.
Previous experience: Gregor Alexander is a Chartered Accountant and has significant recent and relevant financial experience. He is the Finance Director of SSE plc, a FTSE 100 company. He has worked in the energy industry since 1990, when he joined Scottish Hydro Electric. He was appointed Finance Director and joined the Board of SSE in 2002, having previously been its Group Treasurer and Tax Manager.

James Bilefield
Non-Executive Director

Appointment to the Board: 1 February 2016
Age: 05/05/1969
Committee membership: Remuneration and Nomination.
External appointments: Ticketscript (TSTM Group Limited) (Chairman), McKinsey & Company (Senior Advisor), Advent International (Industry Advisor), UK Government Digital Service (Advisory Board Member), Teach First (Trustee).
Previous experience: James Bilefield has an international track record of successfully leading growing digital businesses. He managed the digital transformation of media group, Condé Nast, across 27 countries, scaled Skype’s global operations as part of its founding management team and held senior commercial and management roles at Yahoo!. In 2015, he joined ticketscript, Europe’s leading multichannel event ticketing business, as non-executive Chairman. Formerly CEO of global advertising technology company, OpenX, he also co-founded the local information business, UpMyStreet, following an investment banking career at JP Morgan Chase.

Sir Ewan Brown CBE
Non-Executive Director

Appointment to the Board: 1988
Age: 03/23/1942
Committee membership: Pension Oversight (Chair) and Nomination.
External appointments: Scottish Financial Enterprise (Chair). Noble Grossart Holdings Ltd (Non-Executive Director) and Senior Governor of St Andrews University.
Previous experience: Sir Ewan Brown served as an executive director of Noble Grossart for 35 years and continues to serve as a non-executive director of Noble Grossart Holdings Ltd. Sir Ewan was Chairman of Lloyds TSB Scotland from 1999 to 2008. He has also served as a non-executive director of Wood Group and Lloyds Banking Group and as Chairman of Creative Scotland 2009 Ltd.

Ann Gloag OBE
Non-Executive Director

Appointment to the Board: n/a (co-founder)
Age: 12/10/1942
Committee membership: Health, Safety and Environmental.
External appointments: Mercy Ships (International Board Member).
Previous experience: Ann Gloag co-founded Stagecoach and served as an executive director until 2000. She has extensive experience in transport operations, health and safety matters, property management and wider business management.

Ray O’Toole
Non-Executive Director

Appointment to the Board: 1 September 2016
Age: 07/30/1955
Committee membership: Health, Safety and Environmental (Chair), Audit and Nomination
External appointments: Yorkshire Water Services Limited (Non-Executive Director). The British Transport Police Authority (Non-Executive Director).
Previous experience: Ray O’Toole served as Chief Operating Officer of National Express Group until May 2010. Ray stood down from the main board of National Express plc in 2010 after ten years as Group Chief Operating Officer and UK Chief Executive. Ray was responsible for the National Express Group’s bus and coach businesses and rail franchises, with operations in Spain, the USA, Canada and the UK. In November 2013 Ray joined Kier Group, Fleet and Passenger Services as Managing Director. In July 2015 he led a management buy-out team with private equity investor, Endless LLP, to create Essential Fleet Services Limited, a company which provides 3,500 vehicles with contract hire and leasing to the Local Authority and Corporate markets nationally. Ray continues to serve as Chief Executive of Essential Fleet Services Limited.

Julie Southern
Non-Executive Director

Appointment to the Board: 7 October 2016
Age: 12/06/1959
Committee membership: Remuneration (Chair), Audit
External appointments: Non-executive director of Rentokil Initial plc, DFS Furniture plc, Cineworld Group plc, NXP Semi-Conductors N.V. and gategroup Holding AG. gategroup is currently the subject of a takeover offer and Julie Southern has given notice of her intention to resign from gategroup from the settlement date of that offer.
Previous experience: A chartered accountant, Julie Southern has considerable experience in senior finance and management roles, including in the transport sector. She served as Chief Financial Officer with Virgin Atlantic from 2000 to 2010 and then as the company’s Chief Commercial Officer from 2010 to 2013. In addition, she was previously Group Finance Director at Porsche Cars Great Britain and is former Finance and Operations Director at HJ Chapman & Co.

Karen Thomson
Non-Executive Director

Appointment to the Board: 31 March 2016
Age: 09/28/1961
Committee membership: Audit, Health, Safety and Environmental.
External appointments: Outplay Entertainment Limited (Chairman).
Previous experience: Karen served as Chief Executive of AOL UK and President of AOL Europe, developing both the telecoms and advertising lines of the business. As a member of the Vodafone UK Board, Karen had responsibility for developing online strategy, customer experience and online sales performance. Karen was a non-executive director of UBM plc from 2006 to 2014 and served on its Audit, Nomination and Remuneration committees.