Blundred leads Devon buy-out
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• Former Stoke-on-Trent bus conductor Harry Blundred has led a management buy-out of West Country bus company, Devon General, Blundred, chairrnan and managing director, and his four colleagues are the first team to buy their own company in the privatisation of the National Bus Company.
He joined Potteries Motor Traction of Stoke in 1962 and after a year 'on the buses' he went into administration. Following spells in planning and operating management, he became City of Oxford traffic manager in 1979 before joining Devon General as manager when the company was reformed in January 1983 after the reorganisation of the Western National Group.
Other members of the Devon General management team are: ENigel Jolliffe, marketing director, started as a tram conductor and was later a bus driver with Blackpool Corporation. He has been with Devon General since 1983.
DRon Harries, operating director, has been operations manager with Devon General since 1983. He has been in the industry for 36 years, starting as a trainee with Bristol Tramways.
0Cliff Webb, engineering director, who served his apprenticeship with Leyland Motors, In 1970 he became assistant chief engineer with South Wales Transport, joining Western National in a similar capacity three years later. He became fleet engineer of Devon General in 1983. EGraham Mayhew, finance director, began his bus career with Hants and Dorset in 1975 as company secretary, joining Devon General as company secretary earlier this year.