Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Bernard Is Top Man at Nexus

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Bernard Is Top Man at Nexus

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Byline: By Ross Smith

The man standing in as boss of public transport in Tyne and Wear was yesterday given the job permanently ( despite recruitment consultants being paid to stage a nationwide search.

Bernard Garner was yesterday named the new director general of Nexus, which runs the Metro and Shields ferry and commissions bus services in Tyne and Wear.

He had filled the top job since Mike Parker left the organisation last month after seven years as director of development.

Consultants Odgers, Ray and Berndtson had shortlisted five candidates from across the country, four of whom were interviewed for the post along with Mr Garner.

Last night, Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Authority chairman David Wood defended the decision to use consultants after Mr Garner's appointment.

He said: "It's easy with hindsight. In the first instance, we didn't know whether Bernard would apply. Because it's a very specialised job, the decision was taken to see what the market was. …

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