Norman Baker takes on MD role at The Big Lemon

Former buses minister Norman Baker kept his hand in after leaving parliament at the last election by taking up the chair at Bus Users UK, but he has now moved on again, this time into operational management with the role of managing director at The Big Lemon, an environmentally-focused, community interest company in Brighton.

“I am delighted to be joining The Big Lemon, which has gone from strength to strength in recent times,” says Baker. “I feel particularly at home with its strong environmental approach, showing you can run a successful business in an ethical manner.”

Tom Druitt, founder and chief executive of The Big Lemon, adds: “Norman has dedicated his life to his community, serving the people of the Lewes area for many years as their MP, and more recently bus users across the country as transport minister and latterly as chair of Bus Users UK. 

“We’d be hard-pressed to find a stronger champion for better and more sustainable bus services to lead our organisation in Brighton & Hove, and we’re very much looking forward to working together.”

Baker was transport minister from 2010 to 2013 with responsibility for buses, and took over as chair of Bus Users in October 2015. 

“I have enjoyed my time with Bus Users UK and pleased to have been able to help it through a period of transition from which it has emerged stronger,” adds Baker. “It is vital that there is a powerful voice for the bus passenger and Bus Users UK is that voice.”

Chief executive Claire Walters says: “Bus Users has benefited hugely from Norman’s commitment to, and passion for public transport. His input has been particularly valuable around the Bus Services Bill and we are pleased that his vast knowledge and expertise will continue to benefit the industry. We wish Norman every success in his new role.”

Baker points to The Big Lemon’s environmental credentials including running its fleet on used cooking oil and a forthcoming delivery of two electric buses, the first to operate in Brighton.