Frank Thorpe (52), UK country manager for BYD since August 2016, has become managing director of the Chinese-owned electric bus manufacturer’s UK subsidiary.
He joined BYD UK from GKN Hybrid Power (formerly Williams Hybrid Power) where for four years he was head of bus systems. He created Gyrodrive as a business unit, which established itself as a supplier of hybrid products in the bus sector.
At an early stage of his career, he gained valuable first-hand experience of intensive bus and coach operations. Aged only 20 he took over, with his brother Jim, as joint managing director of the family firm, F. E. Thorpe & Sons based in west London, and in the next 16 years grew the business to have a turnover of £12.5million with 115 vehicles operated mainly on contracted London bus routes.