The Christopher Moyes Memorial Foundation was set up in memory of Christopher Moyes who died in 2006. He was a founder of the Go-Ahead transport group, chair of Durham University council, deputy lieutenant of the County of Durham and a great family man. Chris was widely respected as a quiet, effective leader who believed in making a difference.
The Christopher Moyes Memorial Foundation was formally established in November 2009 to celebrate Chris’s memory by providing funding for projects that reflect Chris’s long standing commitment to County Durham, Durham University and in particular the Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience. To this end, the Foundation has committed to funding postgraduate students at the Institute. Students are in the main from the Global South and so far have worked on subjects as varied as the vulnerability of the people of Bangladesh to flooding, the health hazards of volcanic ash and the eradication of malaria working with a Tanzanian health institute.
The Foundation is run by four trustees and chaired by Jan Moyes, Chris’s widow. The Foundation is a Charity, registered in the United Kingdom
Chris Moyes, OBE (1949 – 2006) was a founder of Go Ahead Group, one of the UK’s largest transport businesses. Born in Shropshire and educated at Liverpool and Salford Universities, Chris joined the National Bus Company in 1971 as a management trainee. After privatization of the company in 1987 he founded the Go Ahead Group, becoming deputy Chief executive in 1999 and Chief Executive in 2004. Chris settled in Durham in the late eighties with his wife Jan and three daughters, Charlotte, Caroline and Elizabeth. Chris was very involved with the local community, as a deputy Lieutenant of County Durham and later becoming Chairman of the Council of Durham University in 2001