Rob Jones, managing director Stagecoach Cumbria and North Lancashire, has been appointed chair of the Transport Benevolent Fund CIO following the annual election for serving members of the board of trustees.
Jones has been a serving trustee for the past ten years and succeeds the outgoing chair Chris Sullivan, currently with FirstBus, Hampshire, Dorset and Berkshire, who retired from the post in early February 2021.
Jones says: “I am extremely honoured to be asked to take on the role of chair for the fund, and I thank my fellow trustees for their confidence in my ability to take up the position.
“My fellow board members and I thank Chris Sullivan for his contribution during his time at the helm. He has been a great ambassador for the fund’s work and I am looking forward to continuing working together in our role reversals.
“Of course, the past 12 months have been particularly challenging for everyone, but TBF has been operational throughout and continues to offer support to those members who find themselves in need.
“The fund continues to evolve and we have some exciting times ahead with the increase in the value of benefits available; streamlining of the claims process; and the introduction of a membership portal, making access to personal records so much easier for members.”
Sullivan adds: “It has been a pleasure to serve as chair of the board of trustees and I am extremely proud of the fund’s work, but after more than 10 years in the post I feel that it’s time to step aside and allow new blood with fresh ideas to lead the way. I will continue to serve as a board trustee and offer my full support to Rob in his new position.”
During the election process, Ian Wilson, Network Rail asset engineer (structures), was re-elected as vice-chair of the fund.