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New Chairman and Vice Chair appointed

Councillor Jonathan Findlay has been appointed as the new Chairman of Strathclyde Partnership for Transport. Councillor Denis McKenna has been appointed as Vice Chair.

Mr Findlay, who is a councillor for Drumchapel/Anniesland ward in Glasgow, was nominated and voted in by a majority of members at a meeting of SPT’s Partnership on Friday.

Councillor Findlay said he welcomed the role and said he would take the challenge of running SPT “head on”.

He said: “There is no hiding the fact that the last few weeks have been immensely difficult for SPT.

“I am pleased that our auditors, KPMG, are already immersed in their work and I intend to meet with them today to offer them my support in bringing a full and thorough report to this board at the earliest opportunity.

“Morale is, understandably, low and I am making it another priority to meet at least some of our staff this afternoon.

“I want to take this early opportunity to thank the frontline employees that have continued to give us and our customers their very best at a time when they might have struggled to find someone with a good word to say about their employer.

“They, and the many people who rely on our services, deserve better.”

He added: “As Chair, I am determined to re-focus SPT on its core business – delivering for passengers across the west of Scotland.

“I hope we can build a new culture where we challenge not only each other but ourselves to do better. I’m ready for that challenge and I’m looking forward to getting on with the job.”

Councillor Findlay was born in Helensburgh and grew up in Dumbarton, before attending Glasgow University.

He has lived in Glasgow for the last 14 years and worked in both public and private sectors across the region, including Greenock, East Kilbride, Irvine and Kirkintilloch.

He was elected to Glasgow City Council in 2003 and currently works for East Dunbartonshire Council as a solicitor.

For the last year, he has carried out one of Glasgow Council’s most critical elected roles as Executive Member for Education. He is also Convener of the council’s Financial Services Appeals Committee.

SPT’s new vice chair Councillor McKenna, of South Lanarkshire Council, represents the ward of Rutherglen Central and North.

Cllr McKenna said: “I am delighted to be elected as a new vice chair of SPT. I want to pay tribute to the excellent work that has been done by SPT to date and I look forward to playing a part in its plans for the future of transport across the Strathclyde region.”

Mr Findlay and Mr McKenna, voted in by a majority of 14 for and 6 against, replace Councillors Alistair Watson and David McLachlan, who stood down recently.