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On the Buses
The new general manager of the Bristol Group of Companies from July 1 came from Ribble Motor Services of Preston. one of the largest companies in the British Electric Traction Group.
His father – Mr. E. A. Butcher – recently completed 52 years’ service with South-down Motor Services of Brighton so Bristols new general manager is a bus-man by birth as well as by choice in his subsequent career. Now, aged 38. Mr. Butcher joined the Trent Motor Traction Company at Derby in 1952 as a senior management trainee under the British Electric Traction Company’s training scheme.
Prior to that time he spent three years in the Army attaining the rank of Lieutenant in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. Mr. Butcher joined the Ribble Company in 1955 as a district traffic superintendent at Skipton and then at Burnley – subsequently becoming an area superintendent.
He then went to the Ribble Head Office at Frenchwood. Preston in 1961. became assistant traffic manager in 1962 and traffic manager three years later.
Mr. Butcher, his wife, two sons and three daughters have all looked forward to their move to the South West. We hope they will find them selves at home in their new surroundings.
Bus World Pacesetters by Michael Lord
Mr. Edward Butcher, general manager of Bristol Omnibus Company, boss of 6.000 people and 1.200 buses, was five minutes late for our appointment. He came by bus. Which is (a) absolutely true, and (b) totally unfair.
His chauffeur and I were waiting for Mr. Butcher at Temple Meads, where he was due off the 7.15 p.m. from London. But he had arrived by an earlier train, and gone for a bus ride — ‘It’s always good to sample the product’~.
It was the second moment of amusement for me that evening; the first had been when I discovered the General Manager had a chauffeur-driven white Daimler. A chauffeur-driven double-decker, maybe. But a car. However, it appears that it comes with The Job .
The Job must be one of the most daunting in the South-West; Bristol’s buses are everybody’s lumbering target. But Mr. Butcher, 40 last month won’t let it get him down. He’s not that sort of man.
He comes from Sussex, where his father was a bus-man for 53 years. starting as a boy in the garage, ending up as area manager at Worthing. (His grandfather, incidentally, was a hackney carriage inspector who gave the first licences to the Southdown company in Sussex).
Edward Butcher went to Brighton Technical College, and then into the Army for three years, where he was commissioned in R.E.M.E.
LIVING – ‘I didn’t stay in the Army because I thought there would be too many moves. Then I had seven moves in five years’, he recalls. After training as an engineer, he did three years’ management training and eventually landed with the Ribble bus and coach firm, working for them in both Yorkshire and Lancashire.
He was traffic manager there when he got the call to Bristol, just over a year ago.
Although Bristol meant a bigger job, he had mixed feelings about leaving Lancashire. ‘We’d been there 13 years, and had five homes there. And we’d just built a new house up there; we had been living in it for only 15 weeks’.
But he came, all the same: ‘It was one of those jobs you just cannot turn down’.
Those constant moves to steadily higher things would seem to point to a ruthlessly ambitious man. The pointer would be wrong. Edward Butcher is married — he met his wife when he was stationed with the Army at Honiton; she’s from Sidmouth — and has five children, three girls and two boys ranging from seven to fourteen.
PUSHING – And he’s very much the family man.’I’m not ambitious, but I am fortunate that the jobs have come along. I work to live, and I always put the family first’. ‘I’ve never had to worry about pushing, or keeping in front. If you do the job you have got properly, the next step will become clear’, he says with the simplicity of the successful.
‘We thought very hard before we came down here to live. We have a lot of extremely good friends in the North, and people are more important than places. People attach too much importance to weather, climate and so on. We both knew the South already, anyway’.
Now the Butcher family live in Ubley. near Blagdon, where three of the children go to the village school — ‘which was one reason why we went there, we can see the school from the drive’ — and the two elder girls go to Weston Grammar.
Mr. Butcher’s working week is hectic in terms of engagements rather than hours, although during the winter he averages three evenings a week on work-cum-social engagements; the Bristol bus company is famous for its myriad associations, ranging from chess to shooting.
SKATING – But: ‘I am not one of those people who works six or seven days a week. I work five days. plus evenings, then have a break to recharge my batteries’. His twin enthusiasms are his family and hi
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