John Bickerton graduated from the University of Bath with MEng(Hons) in Automotive Engineering. After experience with Cosworth and Lotus he joined the country’s largest bus operator, First, as a graduate trainee, and spent time in front-line management positions before managing the company’s fuel saving strategy and eventually leading the company’s technical standards nationally. After twelve years with First, John has recently moved to Reading Buses as Chief Engineer, where he is focused on building fleet reliability and controlling maintenance costs.