Uber appoints new UK board members and says its turning to 'good governance'

The ride-hailing firm says its looking for a 'new approach' to working with cities

Shafi Musaddique
Friday 06 April 2018 15:06
The ride hailing firm is battling a number of challenges across the world, including regulators
The ride hailing firm is battling a number of challenges across the world, including regulators

Uber has appointed a former British Gas executive to its UK board in a move it says is proof that it is willing to change.

Susan Hooper, former managing director at the energy giant, will join Uber’s UK board as a non-executive director.

Ms Hooper also sits on the boards of the Department for Exiting the European Union, Wizz Air and Mecca Bingo owner Rank Group.

Roger Parry, chairman of market research firm YouGov, will also join the ride-hailing firm’s UK board.

Both Mr Parry and Ms Hooper are expected to sit on the first board meeting later in April.

Uber’s UK chairwoman Laurel Powers-Freeling said the appointments showed Uber’s “willingness to address past issues and follow the path of good governance that two individuals of their calibre have decided to work with us.”

Tom Elvidge, Uber's UK general manager, said: "At a time when Uber is going through an important period of change we're really pleased two such experienced individuals are joining us.

"Under our new leadership we're implementing major changes including more safety features, improvements for drivers and a new approach to partnering with cities.

"Susan and Roger's wide range of experience will be invaluable as we continue to develop and mature as a business."

The new board members join Uber just months before the firm will have its appeal heard on whether it can continue running in London.

Transport for London said in September that it would not renew Uber’s licence.

An appeal made in October will now be heard at Westminster Magistrates Court at the end of June.

Uber has battled lawsuits filed against it citing gender and race discrimination in the US.

The company has come under fire from regulators across European cities. Uber services were suspended in Greece this week, while Denmark has called on ex-Uber drivers to pay a collective £1.3m in unpaid tax to authorities.

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