Deputy MD & COO

As Abellio's Deputy Managing Director & Chief Operating Officer, Alan Pilbeam is responsible for our bus business in the UK, delivering financial, efficiency and service level improvements, as well as deployment of the Abellio UK bus Strategy, and has been the linchpin in taking our bus business to a new level.

Alan joined Abellio as MD of our UK bus business in February 2012, having previously held a number of MD roles across the UK within the bus division of First Group.

He loves the variety of his role at Abellio, and is proud to work in an industry he believes drives the economic engine for the UK.

Alan graduated with a Mathematics degree from London University before studying at Cranfield for an MSc in Distribution and Logistics. He is also a Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, a Fellow of the CILT, and a Fellow and Chartered Director of the IoD.

He counts one of his career highlights so far as being part of Abellio as it has grown into what he considers the best passenger service company in the UK, and says that whilst we have a long way to go to meet our aspirations, we already have a lot to be proud of.