Paul in the driving seat at bus firm’s Larbert HQ

Paul McGowan
Paul McGowan

The new man in the driving seat at First Scotland East is Paul McGowan.

He replaces Paul Thomas who has left to take up a new position elsewhere in the bus industry.

Mr McGowan was previously regional project director for First Bus in Scotland before taking up his new role as managing director last month.

Talking about his appointment, he said: “We are operating in a difficult environment and despite recent improvements there is much to be done to build a strong and successful business.

“I’m delighted to have the opportunity of leading a 
fantastic team who are committed to moving First Scotland East forward.”

He has previously held managing director roles at National Express, Abellio and FirstGroup.

First Scotland East operates a network of routes with a fleet of 400 buses
serving the city of Edinburgh, 
Central Scotland, East and West Lothian and the Scottish Borders. It employs around 1100 staff and its head 
office is based at its depot in