South Yorkshire PTE senior appointments

South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive has taken on two new directors to oversee the county’s buses, trams and trains. Ben Gilligan has been appointed as director of public transport and Tim Taylor as director of customer services, in new roles created to respond to the changing shape of public transport in the region, customer travel information and infrastructure needs.

It follows a period of restructuring at SYPTE to meet ongoing budget efficiencies, and a realignment of the local transport strategy function to the Sheffield City Region executive team.

Taylor joins SYPTE from Working Links, and Gilligan joins from Transport for Greater Manchester, having previously been managing director of First South Yorkshire.

“We are delighted to welcome Tim and Ben to SYPTE,” says SYPTE executive director Stephen Edwards. “Ben’s time in South Yorkshire has given him a detailed understanding of public transport within the region and an insight into the challenges and opportunities we face. Tim has significant experience of business and commercial change, in particular with a view to driving customer excellence. 

“Both Ben and Tim’s additional understanding of local government and strong experience of managing operational services reinforces our senior management structure at what is a progressive and exciting time for public transport in South Yorkshire.”