John Bickerton is Chief Engineer for Reading Buses, responsible for 60 staff and operating 181 vehicles including 31 hybrid double-decks and 35 CNG vehicles. The company carries 16 million passengers and covers 4.6 million miles each year, and won UK Bus Operator of the Year in 2015. John is responsible for ensuring safe, reliable and cost-effective operation of the fleet, development of the technicians and engineering team and for the specification and innovation of new fleet and technologies.
John Bickerton graduated from the University of Bath with MEng(Hons) in Automotive Engineering, and is a Chartered member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and Chair of their Automobile division. He started his career with Lotus Cars and then joined the country’s largest bus operator, First, as a graduate trainee. He spent time in front-line management positions before managing the company’s fuel saving strategy and eventually leading the company’s technical standards nationally.