Conservatives on Brighton & Hove City Council have paid tribute to Roger French – Managing Director of Brighton & Hove Bus Company – who announced yesterday that he is to retire next March.
Conservative Group Leader – Cllr. Geoffrey Theobald– said: “I have known Roger for more years than I care to remember and I can say, without exaggeration, that his commitment to this wonderful city of ours has been second to none. Brighton & Hove Bus Company is widely recognised as one of the best in the country and Roger has presided over a doubling of bus passengers in the city over the last 20 years. But many people don’t realise just how much work Roger has done outside of his ‘day job’. He has expertly chaired the city’s Local Strategic Partnership and has made valuable contributions to several organisations that support and promote business in Brighton & Hove. He has also given a huge amount of time and energy to local charities such the Argus Appeal and the Martlets Hospice, of which he is Chairman of the Board of Trustees. I sincerely wish Roger all the very best in his retirement.”
Conservative Group Transport Spokesman – Cllr. Graham Cox – added: “Roger has been a superb leader in Brighton and Hove, not just as an ambassador for the bus service, but also serving the wider City in a voluntary capacity at a senior level. We all owe him a huge debt. Roger will be a very hard act to follow.”