First Bus names boss to head East fleet

Paul McGowan, new managing director  of First Scotland East
Paul McGowan, new managing director of First Scotland East

A new man is in the driving seat of bust company First in the Borders following a change at the top.

Paul McGowan has taken over as managing director of First Scotland East with responsibility for a fleet of 400 and a staff of around 1,000.

He replaces Paul Thomas who is working elsewhere in the bus industry and the new boss admits it is not an easy time for the industry.

He commented: “We are operating in a difficult environment and despite recent improvements, there is much to be done to build a strong and successful business.”

He added: “I am delighted to have the opportunity of leading a fantastic team who are committed to moving First Scotland East, forward.”

The regional director of First Bus in Scotland, Neil Barker, commented: “Paul’s appointment is an important one as we look to build on the improvements delivered in the area over the past two years. He knows First Scotland East extremely well and brings with him a wealth of experience and a fantastic track record.”

Mr McGowan will be based at First Scotland East’s HQ at Larbert and started his new job last month.

The company has a depot in Galashiels and outstations in Hawick, Peebles and Kelso.