Andrew Palmer appointed as Optare’s Non-executive Chairman

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin

After more than a decade of association with Optare Plc, John Fickling is stepping down as Chairman due to personal reasons. In his place, Optare has appointmented Dr Andrew Palmer as Non-executive Chairman.

Commenting on the developments, Dheeraj Hinduja, Chairman of the parent company Ashok Leyland observed “John has played an anchor role in the stability of Optare during crucial periods as Chairman of the Board. I would like to thank him for his support and guidance in the last 10 years and wish him the very best in his future endeavours. The next phase of Optare’s growth is centred on expanding our electric vehicles business in the UK and many new markets. To help guide in our mission to become a global leader in this segment, I am happy to announce that Dr Andrew Palmer will be taking the position of Non-Executive Chairman.  With his impressive wealth of experience and innovative approach, I am confident that under Andy’s Chairmanship we will see Optare moving to a higher growth trajectory soon.

John Fickling added “I am delighted that Andy is joining Optare as non-executive Chairman.  He has all the skills required to build Optare into a global leader in alternate propulsion.  I am very proud of my association with the company thus far and am happy that it is now in the safest of hands”.

Dr Palmer is a world-renowned automotive leader, having led transformations at two of the global vehicle brands, Nissan and Aston Martin.  This role builds on Dr Palmer’s established relationship with Optare’s parent, Ashok Leyland, where he has been a non-executive member of the Board since 2015.

Dr Palmer commented “I am excited to be joining Optare at a pivotal moment in its development.   We have ambitious plans to leverage the company’s technological leadership in building a global zero emissions solution platform that will bring long-term value to all stakeholders“.

Latest issue
Latest posts
The shuttles will run 7 days a week, for up to 10 years. The new service includes a complete transport system, validated safety, and…
*faigle Kunststoffe launches hanging straps with antibacterial properties Passengers on public transport usually don’t think twice about reaching for hanging straps. Now, Vorarlberg-based plastics…
100 new Zero Emission buses and EV charging infrastructure are heading to Translink in Northern Ireland.   The new battery electric buses will be supplied by…
City Sightseeing Glasgow  will launch a full fleet of brand new electric open top buses, supplied by Wrightbus, making it one of the world’s…
Thousands of bus and coach industry professionals attended the Euro Bus Expo 2022, as the highly-anticipated event returned to the NEC Birmingham this week….
Bus Éireann has celebrated its employees’ achievements in 2022 at the regional annual GEM (‘Go the Extra Mile’) Awards, which recognise excellent customer service,…
The MAN Lion’s City E was announced as the International Bus of the Year (IBOY) 2023 at a special ‘Stars of the Year’ ceremony…
Following Citylink Ireland’s acquisition of GoBus, the National Public Passenger Transport Coach company has revised its corporate look, as featured recently by Universal Graphics,…

This website uses cookies in order to improve the site and user experience. By continuing to use it, you agree to our Privacy Policy.