Head of National Express coaches joins board of GBSLEP
The Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) has appointed the managing director of National Express’ UK coach business Andrew Cleaves to its board with responsibility for transport.
National Express is Birmingham’s biggest private sector employer and the Birmingham Coach Station is their global headquarters. The station – which is the first impression of Birmingham for two million people a year – was the first of the city’s transport gateways to be delivered.
Since joining National Express as Managing Director in August 2010, Andrew has led National Express Coach to a 4% revenue growth and record profit in 2011.
Prior to his current role at National Express, Andrew had been with Tube Lines since August 2000, working to improve services on the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines in a £4 billion public-private sector partnership. He came to be appointed Chief Executive of Tube Lines in February 2010 after rising through senior commercial roles.
Andrew previously worked in sales and marketing for Otis Plc and with PA Consulting. He has an MBA from Cranfield School of Management and an MA in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University.
He joins the board of the LEP, which was set up to drive economic growth, achieve global leadership in key sectors and help create 100,000 jobs by 2020, as a replacement for David Kaye.
Andy Street, Chair of the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “Andrew has a wealth of skills and experience that he can bring to the Board and help deliver our vision for the LEP.
“In addition to his senior roles in transportation, his time spent working in London means he also has key contacts within Government. This will be crucial at a time when transport projects – such as HS2 and Birmingham Airport’s runway extension – are going to have a major impact on the LEP.
“I welcome Andrew to the GBSLEP Board and I am confident he will be a valuable asset.”
Andrew said: “Transport is one of the key challenges facing the GBSLEP and I am looking forward to being able to play my part. My first challenge will be to create transport priorities and develop a local transport package.
“HS2 and Birmingham Airport’s runway extension will present significant opportunities for our area, but it is vital we influence Government to invest in local transport priorities. The transport package I will deliver will illustrate the need for further investment around developments such as HS2.
“Since moving from London to the Midlands in 2010, I have been greatly impressed with the enthusiasm and unity among stakeholders involved in the region’s transport networks.”