Sue Blount is the new general manager at Kinchbus, managing the 35-strong fleet of buses and around 100 drivers, engineers and support teams.
Sue joined Kinchbus sister company trentbarton in 2008 to train as a driver and went on to manage the bus station concourse at Derby before becoming service delivery manager first in Derby and then at Langley Mill.
Tom Morgan, director service delivery for Kinchbus and trentbarton, said: “Sue has always had a passion for developing and leading a team and is uncompromising when it comes to delivering high standards.
“The role at Kinchbus will give Sue the opportunity to excel. Kinchbus is a well-known locally run business and we’ve seen growth on a number of routes. This is a great chance for Sue to build on the current strong performance of Kinchbus, developing the network and making the most of opportunities that arise.”
As well as ensuring the Kinchbus network of services is run as efficiently and punctually as possible, Sue will oversee the skylink Derby route which connects Derby, Loughborough and Leicester to East Midlands Airport.
Sue said: “I want to keep progressing professionally and I want Kinchbus to keep improving what we do for our customers, making sure we stay as Loughborough’s finest. The sky is the limit.”
Sue, who lives in Belper, did office jobs when younger and said she applied to be a bus driver after seeing a trentbarton advert: “I just went for it and found myself driving red arrows and helping promote the launch of mango.
“I loved being a bus driver and then being a lead driver and going on to be a manager. It has all been interesting and now at Kinchbus I’m looking forward to the challenge of tackling something completely different.”