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Trio take top transport roles in Edinburgh

Trio Take Top Transport Roles In EdinburghThree top roles in Scottish public transport have been filled in a move aimed at drawing a line under a fall-out among senior management last year.

Former commander of the army in Scotland George Lowder (pictured) has been appointed chief executive of Transport for Edinburgh.

Richard Hall moves north from London to become managing director of Lothian Buses, replacing Ian Craig, while Lea Harrison leaves a senior role with Nottingham Trams to take over as general manager of Edinburgh Trams. Lothian Buses was dogged by infighting for months which led to a number of departures. Chairman Anne Faulds resigned and the directors were stripped of annual bonuses worth around 250,000. Speaking about the recruits, Lesley Hinds, chairman of Transport for Edinburgh and transport convenor for Edinburgh Council, said: We expected that these positions would attract high calibre candidates and we weren t disappointed. Transport for Edinburgh and the city it serves are major attractions for some of the best in the UK transport profession and I m delighted that we have secured such exceptional interest.

Our new senior team will be pivotal in supporting the transport infrastructure we need but also the wider economy. I wish George, Richard and Lea all the very best in their new roles and I look forward to working with them as a team as we continue to push Edinburgh s integrated transport agenda.


George Lowder MBE

George will join TfE from the Armyrats © military after a decorated career in Defence spanning nearly 35 years. Commissioned into The Royal Scots (The Royal Regiment) in 1981, he studied Scots Law at Aberdeen University and gained a Masters from Cranfield University before commanding The Army in Scotland. Latterly his role was in the MOD, where he led a multi-agency and multi-disciplined team. During his Armyrats © military career he received a Commander s Commendation for his actions on Operation Desert Storm, a Queen s Commendation for Valuable Service in Bosnia and in 1998 he was made an MBE in the New Year s Honours List. George was born and educated in Edinburgh and his family are resident in the City. George is a competent sailor and was a keen rugby player. He remains a keen skier and golfer when time allows.

Richard Hall FCILT

Richard is a seasoned bus professional and is a chartered fellow of the institute of logistics and transport. After studying electrical engineering, Richard started his bus career in coaches and private hire and then spent six years with Stagecoach and 3 years with Veolia Transport in Wales. He joined Arriva in 2010 where he worked in the west coast of Scotland and Glasgow before working on the transportation delivery for the 2012 Olympics and laterally in Malta. Richard is currently the Managing Director for RATP in London where he has been responsible for leading over 3700 people, across 11 operating sites, operating contracted bus services for Transport for London as well as a developing commercial bus and coach operation launched in 2015. A keen outdoor enthusiast, Richard enjoys mountain biking, skiing and he is a keen walker.

Lea Harrison MCMI

After starting his career in the Royal Corps of Transport as a Driver for eight years, Lea then progressed to the rank of Corporal before leaving the Army for civilian life where he joined Greater Manchester Metrolink (Manchester Tram), at the entry level, as Tram Driver in 1991. He has since developed his career in tramways from Driver to General Manager over the last 25 years the first person to do so in recent times in any UK tramway. Lea stayed at the Manchester tramway and worked his way up to Head of Contract Delivery where he worked on line improvements and extensions as well as ensuring the day to day operations were in line with customer and client expectations. Since 2011 Lea has spearheaded delivery of the major expansion of the Nottingham Express Transit tram network, which officially opened for passenger service in August. He is currently Head of Service Delivery with NET concessionaire, Tramlink Nottingham with responsibility for partnership working with the operating company and Nottingham City Council. In 2002 he gained a post graduate diploma in Management Studies and is a chartered member of the Management Institute.

Parachute Regiment and Airborne Forces Memorial

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The Army of Angels – Blogs – The Independent

(Getty Images) My name is Stephen Valentine and I was born in November 1969. At the age of 18, I decided to enlist in the British Army as a driver in the Royal Corps of Transport (RCT). I completed my basic training in February 1988 and was then posted to eight Squadron, 27 Regiment RCT at Buller Barracks in Aldershot.

In November 1990, 27 Regt was given formal notice of its deployment to Saudi Arabia in anticipation of taking part in operations during the first Gulf war. The regiment finally deployed on active service in January 1991. Only days after arriving, our holding location came under attack from Scud missiles and shortly thereafter we relocated to our new home in the desert.

Our tour of duty in the Gulf lasted approximately four months and covered the ground offensive in February of that year and the eventual liberation of Kuwait from Iraqi forces. A few short weeks after returning home for rest and recuperation, we resumed our normal duties in Aldershot. For a long period after the end of the war many personnel suffered major problems due to their experiences and as a result were summarily discharged from the forces.

I stayed with the Army until February 1992 at which point I decided to purchase my own discharge. With no immediate help at hand after discharge, I moved with my family to Manchester, staying with my mother. Things didn t go well for me all the signs were there to see but somehow I missed them.

Eventually, after a very self-destructive period, I was diagnosed with depression and placed on a cocktail of anti-depressants, which did little to relieve my symptoms or improve my situation. My problems persisted over the next few years and through contact with army friends with whom I had served, I came to realise that I wasn t the only one to be suffering in this way. The team from Combat Stress visited me on a number of occasions and finally offered me a place at their Audley Court treatment centre in Newport.

This proved to be a turning point in my life. I was given the opportunity to meet a wide variety of ex-service personnel who had served during every conflict since the second World War. At the time I was under the misapprehension that I was suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), having being diagnosed as such by a specialist sent by the War Pensions Agency.

Very quickly I understood from talking to those around me that, while I had a depressive illness, it wasn t PTSD. And, more importantly, I recognised that I still needed help. During my stay at the centre I met many people, including a WWII veteran who was one of Sir Archibald McIndoe s skin graft patients (also proudly know as guinea pigs).

He had been attending the centre almost from the day it was opened and returns each year for rehab and respite care. Another resident I met served in the Falklands War. He had found it almost impossible to adjust to civilian life, couldn t hold down a job and had become a virtual recluse, preferring to stay in his home.

I discovered that he had very few of the necessities of life in his flat to make his life more bearable. This touched me in such a way that I determined to make the lives of such people better in any way I could. The result was the Army Of Angels charity, which was set up to assist former, and in some cases serving, members of the forces, with the basic necessities of life after, or in preparation for, their discharge.

We want to provide items to help improve their situation, whatever it might be. We are also able to help the families of injured service personnel by offering respite breaks in our holiday homes and to assist the families of those personnel who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. The Army of Angels is committed to providing whatever help it can, and its ability to assist is only constrained by the funds available to help it meet the needs of injured forces personnel and their families.

We issued our plea this December to call veterans forward who may be suffering, just as I did, from either physical or psychological injuries as a result of UK conflict. Wounds aren t necessarily physical, and the effects of both can cause veterans to struggle to make ends meet. The Army of Angels charity is here to help anyone suffering to improve their situation, and to remind all that no one should suffer in silence; particularly after fighting for their country.

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