Councillor James Coleman has been elected as the new chairman of Strathclyde Partnership for Transport today, Friday 28 June 2013.
Mr Coleman, who is a councillor for the Baillieston ward in Glasgow, was nominated and voted in by a majority vote of 13 at a meeting of SPT’s Partnership Committee.
Councillor Coleman said he welcomed the challenge and that he was looking forward to his new role.
He added: “As chair, I am determined to keep SPT’s focus on delivering better public transport for passengers across the west of Scotland.
“I have been a Partnership member for just over a year and that has allowed me to really get to know the organisation. I believe SPT is vital to delivering great transport planning, transport co-ordination, capital investment, and project development across all 12 council areas in Strathclyde.
“It will also be an essential part of the successful delivery of Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games in 2014 and I am delighted to be taking up this position at such an exciting time.”
Councillor Coleman has lived in Glasgow all his life. After leaving school he worked mainly in the construction industry and then railways.
He was elected to Glasgow City Council in 1989 and served two terms as Chair of the Licensing Board from 1992 to 1999 as well as serving on Housing, Parks and Recreation and Economic and Industrial Development Committees. He was elected a Baillie in 1995 and made a JP by the Secretary of State in 1998.
Councillor Coleman was elected to the position of Executive Member for Land and Environmental Services in May 2010 having previously served as Deputy Leader of Glasgow City Council from May 1999.
Mr Coleman replaces Councillor George Redmond as Chair of SPT.
The Committee also confirmed that Councillor Gilbert Davidson, from Glasgow City Council ward of Springburn has joined SPT’s Partnership.