Chris Gent appointed engineering director at First South Yorkshire

First South Yorkshire has appointed Chris Gent as its new engineering director. Gent has joined the business from outside the bus industry after working for a global parcel distribution company for over 15 years where was responsible for more than 4,500 vehicles and ground support equipment in the UK, Ireland and Nordic countries.

Garry Birmingham, managing director, First South Yorkshire and former engineering director, says: “I’m delighted to have Chris join the team here in South Yorkshire. He brings with him a wealth of engineering experience and a proven track record of leading strong and successful teams which consistently deliver a fleet that is safe, good looking, reliable and cost effective.”

Gent adds: “I’m really excited about joining First to embark on evolving the engineering talent and customer solution in South Yorkshire. I originally applied for a position as an apprentice with South Yorkshire Travel when I was 16 and have since had a successful career within the truck industry and so you could say I’ve come full-circle.”