Spotlight on Ashleigh McGuire

Spotlight on Ashleigh McGuire, Group Procurement Manager

The Women in Bus and Coach “Spotlight On” initiative shines a light on the incredible contributions of women in all roles across the bus, coach, and community transport sector. From professional drivers and engineers to human resources experts and CEO’s, ‘Spotlight On’ will highlight the diverse talents and achievements of women in this dynamic industry.

Today we focus on and find out about:

Ashleigh McGuire
Group Procurement Manager
McGill’s Buses

How did you get to where you are today?

By chance! After working in the food industry for a decade, I sought out a new opportunity due to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent shift in business norms. I considered my experience in managing engineering contracts and interacting with engineers, which led me to apply for a procurement position at McGill’s.

Did you experience any challenges getting to where you are today?

As a 20-something mum of 2, I faced challenges in progressing my career at the pace I desired. Despite working for a family-run business that was accommodating of my family responsibilities, I was still unable to receive promotions and training opportunities due to my reduced work hours.

If so, how did you overcome then?

Perseverance, my eagerness to improve never faltered, and it was this unrelenting persistence that ultimately led to my progression.

What do you like about the sector?

I feel fortunate to work in a fast-paced and ever-changing industry that keeps me on my toes. With the diverse range of departments and topics that a transport company encompasses, each day presents unique challenges and opportunities to grow and learn as a professional.

What does a typical day look like?

On a day-to-day basis, my role gives me an exciting and dynamic experience as I am constantly presented with varied tasks and challenges. Collaborating with diverse departments in the company provides me with opportunities to contribute my expertise to different areas of the business. It could be addressing Health and Safety requirements or coming up with new ways to reduce our energy consumption, ethical sourcing and achieving cost savings are always priorities.

What advice would you give to women thinking about a career in the bus and coach sector?

Go for it! Don’t fear a new challenge. There’s more to driving a bus than just steering the wheel- and there is more to the bus and coach industry than just the vehicles. It takes many people in diverse roles with differing skill sets to make a business successful.

What has been your bus or coach sector career highlight?

The people. Given the range of individuals, including varying genders and age groups, who work within the industry, I find it to be an exceptionally inclusive and welcoming field. I have found it especially rewarding working with our modern apprentices and helping them in their development.

What three things could the Bus and Coach sector do to improve the industry for Women?

Improve shift patterns to accommodate parental childcare responsibilities.

Provide a welcoming workplace environment for women, even in areas traditionally male-dominated such as workshops. It’s important to also ensure that necessary facilities including toilets in depots are inclusive for females.

Improve the perception of female roles within the industry, things such as female fitting uniforms and female aimed training courses to assist in progression.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?

Hopefully continuing my personal and educational development within the coach and bus sector.


Thank you for sharing your story Ashleigh, you are truly an inspiration!

To find out more about who Ashleigh works for, and career opportunities visit: McGill’s Buses – Scotland’s Largest Independent Bus Company (

McGill’s Buses are founder corporate members of Women in Bus and Coach


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