FirstGroup welcomes Claire Hawkings to its Board as Independent Director

– UK Aberdeen –  FirstGroup plc (LON: FGP) today announced the appointment of Claire Hawkings to its Board as an Independent Non-Executive Director, effective from 21 January 2022.

“I am delighted to welcome Claire to the Board. Her wealth of knowledge and experience across several disciplines and sectors will complement those of our existing directors. Her appointment comes at an important time for FirstGroup as we progress the opportunities and responsibilities we have as a critical enabler of society’s sustainability goals, and I am confident Claire will make a valuable contribution. We will continue to oversee an orderly evolution of the Board to ensure it has the right balance of skills, experience and diversity for the Group’s future needs.” said Executive Chairman, David Martin.

Claire will also join the Audit Committee and will chair the newly established Responsible Business Committee.

About Claire Hawkings

Claire has more than 30 years of business experience and has held the UK and international leadership positions, most recently with Tullow Oil plc, and before that with BG Group plc and British Gas plc. As a qualified environmental scientist and an experienced environmental, social, and governance professional, Claire has expertise in a range of issues including sustainability strategy, governance, business transformation, commercial transactions, performance management, and energy transition.

Claire is currently a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the ESG Committee of Ibstock plc, a Non-Executive Director of James Fisher and Sons plc, and a Non-Executive Director of Defence Equipment and Support, a bespoke trading entity and arm’s length body of the Ministry of Defence.

About FirstGroup plc

FirstGroup plc is a leading private-sector provider of public transport services. With £4.3 billion in revenue and around 30,000 employees, our UK divisions transported nearly 700,000 passengers a day in the 52 weeks to 27 March 2021. First Bus is the second-largest regional bus operator in the UK, serving two-thirds of the UK’s 15 largest conurbations with a fleet of c.5,000 buses. First Rail is the UK’s largest rail operator, with many years of experience running long-distance, commuter, regional, and sleeper rail services. We operate a fleet of c.3,750 rail vehicles through four management fee-based train operating companies (Avanti, GWR, SWR, TPE) and two open access routes (Hull Trains and Lumo, our new East Coast service which launched in October 2021). We create solutions that reduce complexity, making travel smoother and life easier. Our businesses are at the heart of our communities and the essential services we provide are critical to delivering wider economic, social, and environmental goals. We are formally committed to operating a zero-emission First Bus fleet by 2035 and to cease purchasing further diesel buses after 2022, and First Rail will help support the UK Government’s goal to remove all diesel-only trains from service by 2040.

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