Omibus Society

President 2020/2021

Martijn Gilbert

The Omnibus Society President for 2020/2021 is Martijn Gilbert, part of the Go-Ahead group.

Martijn is the Managing Director of Go North East, part of the Go-Ahead group, operating over 1,000 vehicles with 3,000 employees across operations in the North East of England and a subsidiary company, East Yorkshire.

Prior to joining Go-Ahead in 2018, Martijn spent nearly 4 years as the Chief Executive of Council owned Reading Buses, an operation famed for a number of industry innovations and best practice.

Starting his career as a trainee for London Underground, he quickly moved into buses in the independent sector, including running his own small bus and coach business Thames Bus, followed by seven years working for Arriva in both its bus and rail divisions, including leading the mobilisation and re-launch of what became Yorkshire Tiger.

Martijn is passionate about good public transport, excellent customer service and the people who make it happen. He has a breadth of experience from major PLC’s through to independent SME businesses and across bus, coach, metro and rail modes. He is a Fellow and Board Member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.

Martijn gave his Presidential Address for 2021 by Zoom on 27th April and it is available to view on