THE GO-AHEAD GROUP PLC
Outcome of AGM and Directorate change
The Company has been informed by its registrar, Equiniti, that they have discovered an error in the collection of certain proxy votes submitted in relation to the resolutions put to shareholders at the Annual General Meeting ("AGM") held on 21 December 2021. As a result of Equiniti's error, approximately 3.2 million proxy votes validly submitted by shareholders were not included in the vote count produced by the registrar.
Had these votes been included in the vote count, Resolution 4 to re-elect Adrian Ewer as a director of the Company would have received fewer than 50% of votes in favour and, therefore, he would not have been re-elected as a director of the Company. The outcomes in relation to the other resolutions put to the AGM would not have been affected by this error and those resolutions would still have been approved by the requisite majority of shareholders.
In light of this, Adrian Ewer will step down from the Board with immediate effect. In line with previously announced succession plans, Dominic Lavelle and David Blackwood, who were appointed to the roles of Audit Committee Chair Designate and Senior Independent Director Designate respectively on 1 January 2022, will now assume the roles of Audit Committee Chair and Senior Independent Director respectively with immediate effect.
The person responsible for arranging the release of this announcement on behalf of the Group is Carolyn Ferguson, Company Secretary.
For further information, please contact:
Media - Andrew Clark, Go-Ahead 07977 343 846 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Investor Relations - Holly Gillis, Citigate Dewe Rogerson 07940 797 560
Go-Ahead is a leading public transport operator, connecting communities through bus and rail services. Our purpose is to be the local partner taking care of journeys that enhance the lives and wellbeing of our communities across the world.
We employ more than 27,000 people across our bus and rail businesses in the UK, Singapore, Ireland, Norway and Germany. In addition to the travelling public, our customers include governments and local authorities. We are committed to tackling climate change, poor air quality and social isolation.
Go-Ahead is one of the UK's largest bus operators. We run a fleet of more than 6,000 buses across England and run a quarter of London's buses for Transport for London. Outside London, we serve high-density commuter markets in the North East, Greater Manchester, East Yorkshire, Oxfordshire, East Anglia, the South East and the South West of England. We also operate a bus contract in Singapore and two bus contracts in Ireland.
We operate rail franchises in the UK, Germany and Norway. In the UK, we run the country's largest passenger franchise, GTR (Southern, Gatwick Express, Great Northern and Thameslink). This is managed through our 65 per cent owned subsidiary Govia, which is 35 per cent owned by Keolis. In Germany and Norway, our contracts are run exclusively by Go-Ahead.