Go-Ahead Group appoints new Chairman – Clare Hollingsworth
As Andrew Allner, current non-executive Chairman, announces his retirement, The Go-Ahead Board has announced Clare Hollingsworth as his replacement.
The Go-Ahead Group plc has announced that Andrew Allner will step down as non-executive Chairman and retire from the Board following the conclusion of the Company’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 31 October 2019.
The Go-Ahead Board has announced the appointment of Clare Hollingsworth as his replacement, non-executive Chairman Designate effective from 1 August 2019. Clare will succeed Andrew as non-executive Chairman following the conclusion of the Company’s AGM.
Andrew Allner joined Go-Ahead’s Board as a non-executive Director in October 2008 and was appointed as Chairman in April 2013.
Clare has been non-executive Chairman of Eurostar International Ltd since July 2013, having first joined the board as a non-executive director in 2010, and left the business at the end of June. She is also currently a non-executive director of UK Government Investments and Molnlycke AB, and senior independent director at The LTA. She was previously a non-executive director with Savills plc and Assura plc, both property businesses, as well as Virgin Healthcare Holdings Ltd and Ambea AB. Prior to this, Clare was CEO of Spire Healthcare and its predecessor business, BUPA Hospitals, and Managing Director Caledonian Airways.
Allner said: “Go-Ahead has a clear purpose and strategy covering the short and longer term, and a real focus on improving the passenger experience and contributing to society. It has been a privilege to serve as chairman and I leave behind a strong culture and ethos. I wish Go-Ahead and my successor good luck for the future.”
Commenting on her appointment, Hollingsworth said: “I am delighted to be joining this successful transport business. The Go-Ahead Board has evolved a clear strategy based on the core belief that generating value for investors happens when you meet the needs of the customers and communities you serve. The business is well positioned to deliver on its current commitments and look at future opportunities to grow.”
David Brown, Group Chief Executive, added: ”I would like to thank Andrew for his contribution to the Group, especially bringing the Group’s values to life at Board level. I wish him all the best for the future. I am pleased to welcome Clare to the Board and look forward to working with her. She brings a wide range of experience that will be invaluable as we continue to deliver value for all our stakeholders.”