Former bus company MD Phil Smith, 57, has been appointed as CPT’s new Coaching Manager. He replaces Andy Warrender who left CPT earlier in the year to take up a new role.
Taking up his post on 10 May, Phil Smith will be responsible for providing CPT coach members with operational support and engaging with a range of stakeholders such as key local authorities, TfL and CPT’s coach tourism partners.
He will also be responsible for CPT’s Coach Marque scheme, the only universally recognised accreditation for coach travel in the UK.
Currently a Non-Executive Director at Derbyshire Community Transport and its Interim Operations Manager, he is most well-known as the MD of the then Rossendale Borough Council-owned Rossobus from 2015, having joined it after 3.5 years at National Express’ Dundee business, where he was MD.
After leaving Rossobus in 2018 he joined Arriva North East as Interim GM at Redcar/Whitby, before moving to Arriva Group’s bus’ Bid Team working on UK airport contract bids until 2019, since when he has been a consultant.
Phil started his career in the coach sector working with National Travel East and has experience of the whole spectrum of coaching including private hire, excursions and international operations working with operators from Plymouth to Cumbria.
He also spent six years in Scotland with Wisharts and Travel Greyhound. In his later career, he has had extensive experience of lobbying local authority and government stakeholders, which is becoming increasingly important for coach operators.
Commenting on Phil’s appointment, CPT Operations Director Keith McNally said: “I’m pleased Phil has agreed to join the CPT team. Phil started his career in the coach sector and has had extensive involvement with coach operations over the years since then.
“In more recent times, his experience managing medium sized bus operations has given him valuable expertise in stakeholder engagement, which will be vital as he supports the coach sector in its recovery from the pandemic.”
Commenting on his appointment, incoming CPT Coaching Manager Phil Smith said: “I’m delighted to be joining CPT during what is a challenging time for the coach industry following the pandemic.
“Coaches have a vitally important role to play in tackling congestion, improving air quality and helping the country’s economy recover from the pandemic. I very much look forward to supporting CPT members as they look to bounce back from Covid-19.”