Stagecoach Group founder knighted

You can address Brian Souter as “Sir Brian Souter” now. The 57-year-old founder of England’s Stagecoach Group was awarded a knighthood last week in the Queen’s Birthday Honors List. The entrepreneur earned the honorable title for his service to transport and his generous philanthropy.

“Having started my career in public transport as a young bus conductor, I am delighted to receive this prestigious honor,” Souter said. “However, the achievements and innovations would not have been possible without the dynamic Stagecoach team who support me and I accept this award on their behalf. It was particularly gratifying for me to see the work of the Souter Charitable Trust being acknowledged, which is a fitting tribute to my wife, Betty, and her team who never seek publicity but do amazing work.”

Souter co-founded Stagecoach with his sister, Ann Gloag, in 1980 with two buses. Since then the company has become a leading international transport group in the UK and North America with 35,000 employees. For more, visit