Phil Southall

Managing Director, Oxford Bus Company

Phil is the Managing Director of Oxford Bus Company and their sister companies Thames Travel, Carousel Buses and City Sightseeing Oxford – all subsidiaries of Go- Ahead Group PLC.

Phil has worked in the transport industry for 20 years across a variety of operational, commercial and service delivery roles in Staffordshire, Lancashire and the North East of England, in addition to his current role in Oxfordshire where he has been since 2012.

His leadership has seen Oxford Bus Company achieve 96% customer satisfaction for the iconic Park and Ride service, as well as putting the company at the centre of many eco-friendly initiatives such as flywheel systems for buses and solar PV on the Cowley Depot roof.

Phil believes the level of innovation taking place in Oxfordshire presents exciting opportunities for public transport solutions, so the Oxford Bus Company can continue to play its part in supporting the growth of Oxfordshire in the coming years.


Programme sessions

16:45 – 17:30

Closing Plenary: “Technology is cool, but you’ve got to use it as opposed to letting it use you” Prince

All day we will have been learning about the technologies behind our four sectors, and will have also explored the exciting range of applications that are or will be on offer. Now, to close our event, a diverse and knowledgeable panel of local business people and experts, led by Dr Matt Perkins for OUI, will consider the opportunities and, yes, challenges of these ground breaking sectors. We look forward to a lively and entertaining debate.

Location: Sir Kenneth Wheare Hall, Clerici Building
Speakers: Rob BuckinghamTim EllisonBarbara GhinelliSarah HaywoodMatt Perkins and Phil Southall

Venturefest Oxford

The 2019 event will be on  Wednesday 11th September at Oxford Brookes University. 

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Innovation Showcase

The showcase welcomed the most innovative and exciting business innovations. 

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Pitching for Success

Venturefest's elevator pitch competition. Sponsored by Penningtons Manches.

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