All Change In CPT’s Midlands Region!

Here we have the latest up date on News in Wednesfield North.

Phil B Introducing Chris Dudley

Phil Bateman Introducing CPT West Midlands Chairman Chris Dudley at the CPT 2016 Annual Dinner & Awards Evening.

I am retiring folks here is the Press Release that the Confederation of Passenger Transport has put out this evening. So as June comes to an end so my career working for the Confederation of Passenger Transport also heads for the horizon. I thought readers of my Blog may like to see what the good colleagues of Head Office says about my impending departure!


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news release                                

REF NO:           14/16

DATE:              30 June 2016


All change in CPT’s Midlands regions

CPT has today announced that Phil Bateman MBE, its long-serving Manager for the West Midlands region, will be leaving his post at the end of June in order to spend more time in his day-to-day role as Councillor for Wednesfield North.

Phil, who has spent his entire working career in the passenger transport industry, joined CPT in 2008 from Travel West Midlands (National Express) where he had spent over 20 years in a variety of roles, including that of Corporate Affairs Director. Phil started his working life with British Rail at their Herbert Street Goods Yard in Wolverhampton in 1965.

Phil’s long and distinguished career in the industry was formally recognised in 2004 when he was awarded the MBE for services to transport in the West Midlands. In 2005/06 he was elected Mayor of Wolverhampton.

Replacing Phil and taking up the role of Manager for both the East and West Midlands regions at the beginning of August is David Warrilow, former Sales Manager of 18 years at CPT supplier member EvoBus UK.

Like Phil, David also boasts a long and successful track record in the bus and coach industry. Having started out as an apprentice engineer with AT Jones CV Engineers in 1979, David moved into vehicle sales and account management roles with Volvo Bus and Truck and Scania before joining EvoBus in 1998.

Paying tribute to Phil Bateman, Chris Dudley, Chairman of CPT West Midlands region said:

“On behalf of all CPT members in the West Midlands, I would like to place on record my sincere thanks to Phil for all his efforts and hard work in the region over the past eight years. We have a come a long way in a short space of time.

“Phil has been an extremely supportive and knowledgeable colleague who has campaigned tirelessly for the good of buses and coaches, championing and raising awareness of our industry at every given opportunity.

“His ability to gain support and interest in our causes and to get key industry stakeholders onside is second to none.”

Chris added:

“I would like to wish Phil all the best for the future and I know that the people of Wednesfield North will be very well served.”

Peter Gomersall, CPT Deputy CEO added:

“Phil has been an incredibly important asset to CPT, both in the West Midlands and nationally, and working with him over the past 8 years has been a real pleasure.”

I am also delighted that David Warrilow has agreed to join the CPT team in the East and West Midlands regions. His knowledge and understanding of the day-to-day issues currently facing operators, backed up by over 30 years industry experience, means he is perfectly placed to continue where Phil has left off.

“His existing relationships with CPT members will allow him to ‘hit the ground running’ and I know he can’t wait to get started.”

The next meeting of CPT’s West Midlands region is on Thursday 21 July, which will be Phil’s last official CPT engagement.


The Confederation of Passenger Transport UK (CPT) is the national trade association representing bus and coach operators.

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Phil Bateman

Phil Bateman is Married to Mary and lives in Wednesfield North. He was a long serving local politician having served previously on the now defunct West Midlands County Council... read more


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