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FIRSTGROUP PLC 
                      NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR APPOINTMENT 
 
FirstGroup plc ('FirstGroup' or the 'Group') announces that Myrtle Dawes has 
been appointed to the Board as an Independent Non-Executive Director with 
effect from 1 April 2022. 
 
Myrtle is an established leader with extensive experience in the energy sector 
both in the UK and internationally. A chartered Chemical Engineer, she has held 
a number of senior safety and engineering project management roles in the 
offshore oil and gas industry, including for BP and BHP Petroleum. Moving to 
Centrica in 2009, Myrtle performed a number of senior executive roles 
encompassing engineering, project management, technology and digital 
transformation including leading the team responsible for safety-critical, 
customer-facing residential assignments. 
 
In 2019 Myrtle was appointed Solution Centre Director for the Net Zero 
Technology Centre, where she leads the development of technology for net zero 
in the energy sector. With significant UK and Scottish government funding, the 
Centre co-invests in R&D, develops policy and builds collaborations to 
commercialise nascent technology to support the energy transition. 
 
In 2017 Myrtle received recognition for her contribution to business, having 
featured in Breaking the Glass Ceiling and being selected as one of 100 Women 
to Watch in the Cranfield FTSE Board Report 2017. In 2021 she was recognised by 
TE:100 as one of the Women of the Energy Transition. 
 
Myrtle holds a Masters in Chemical Engineering and Chemical Technology from 
Imperial College. She is a non-executive board member of the Centre for Process 
Innovation, a member of the Board of Governors at the University of Lincoln and 
sits on the Technology Leadership Board. She is a Fellow of the Institute of 
Chemical Engineers, the Energy Institute, the Forward Institute and Honorary 
Fellow of the Association for Project Management. 
 
Myrtle will serve on FirstGroup's recently established Responsible Business 
Committee of the Board, which focuses on key safety, sustainability and 
corporate responsibility matters, including our transition to net zero. 
 
Commenting, David Martin, Executive Chairman said: 
 
"I am delighted to welcome Myrtle to the Board. Her background in managing 
complex, safety critical engineering projects as well as her wealth of 
knowledge and experience in both the energy transition and improving customer 
service through technology will be of significant value to the Group. Her 
appointment comes at an important time for FirstGroup as we progress the 
opportunities and responsibilities we have as a critical enabler of society's 
sustainability goals. We will continue to oversee an orderly evolution of the 
Board to ensure it has the right balance of skills, experience and diversity 
for the Group's future needs." 
 
This announcement is made pursuant to Listing Rule 9.6.11R. 
 
Contacts at FirstGroup:                  Contacts at Brunswick PR: 
Faisal Tabbah, Head of Investor          Andrew Porter / Simone Selzer 
Relations                                Tel: +44 (0) 20 7404 5959 
Stuart Butchers, Group Head of 
Communications 
corporate.comms@firstgroup.co.uk 
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7725 3354 
 
Notes 
 
Legal Entity Identifier (LEI): 549300DEJZCPWA4HKM93. Classification as per DTR 
6 Annex 1R: 3.1. 
 
FirstGroup plc (LSE: FGP.L) is a leading private sector provider of public 
transport services. With £4.3 billion in revenue and around 30,000 employees, 
our UK divisions transported nearly 700,000 passengers a day in the 52 weeks to 
27 March 2021. First Bus is the second largest regional bus operator in the UK, 
serving two-thirds of the UK's 15 largest conurbations with a fleet of c.5,000 
buses. First Rail is the UK's largest rail operator, with many years of 
experience running long-distance, commuter, regional and sleeper rail services. 
We operate a fleet of c.3,750 rail vehicles through four management fee-based 
train operating companies (Avanti, GWR, SWR, TPE) and two open access routes 
(Hull Trains and Lumo, our new East Coast service which launched in October 
2021). We create solutions that reduce complexity, making travel smoother and 
life easier. Our businesses are at the heart of our communities and the 
essential services we provide are critical to delivering wider economic, social 
and environmental goals. We are formally committed to operating a zero-emission 
First Bus fleet by 2035 and to cease purchasing further diesel buses after 
2022; and First Rail will help support the UK Government's goal to remove all 
diesel-only trains from service by 2040. FirstGroup was recently named as one 
of the world's cleanest 200 public companies for the third consecutive year by 
sustainable business media group Corporate Knights in partnership with US 
not-for-profit organisation, As You Sow. Visit our website at 
www.firstgroupplc.com and follow us @firstgroupplc on Twitter. 
 
 
 
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