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New faces at Stagecoach South

New faces at Stagecoach South

Operator announces new appointments within its management team   Paul Denne, Stagecoach South’s Engineering Manager for Andover and Winchester is to retire   Stagecoach South has announced a number of new appointments within its bus business which serves Hampshire, Surrey and West Sussex. Katie Wagstaff is appointed operations manager in Basingstoke. Wagstaff began her career...
Laura Shoaf chairs Urban Transport Group

Laura Shoaf chairs Urban Transport Group

West Midlands transport chief is new chair of Urban Transport Group   Laura Shoaf   Laura Shoaf, managing director of Transport for West Midlands (TfWM), has been named as the new chair of the Urban Transport Group. Shoaf, who was previously vice-chair, has over 20 years’ experience leading in urban transport planning in the UK...
New faces join Trentbarton

New faces join Trentbarton

Key appointments in commercial operations and marketing and communications   Matt Holton and Ross Hitchcock have joined Trentbarton   Two key managers have joined bus operator Trentbarton to lead the bus company’s commercial operations and its marketing and communications. Ross Hitchcock has joined as commercial manager and Matt Holton is the marketing and communications manager....
First Bus names new West of England MD

First Bus names new West of England MD

Former Addison Lee director to succeed James Freeman   Doug Claringbold   First West of England has announced that Doug Claringbold will succeed James Freeman as managing director of the company when Freeman retires on March 31. Claringbold bas a background in the ground transport sector and was latterly global services director at London-based PHV...
Richard Sherratt is Scheduler of the Year

Richard Sherratt is Scheduler of the Year

At a special virtual awards ceremony last week, Trentbarton scheduler Richard Sherratt was named as the first Joe Wood Scheduler of the Year   Richard Sherratt   Despite disruption as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, last week saw Trentbarton’s Richard Sherratt named as the first ever Joe Wood Scheduler of the Year. The awards...
‘There’s still much to be done’ on racial equality

‘There’s still much to be done’ on racial equality

To support Black History Month, Reading Buses is profiling a different BAME employee each week. Meet employee director Mark Adams   Employee director Mark Adams approached the company with an idea to celebrate Black History Month in 2015   It was in 2015 that Reading Buses employee director Mark Adams approached the company with an...
Jane Reakes-Davies is new First Cymru boss

Jane Reakes-Davies is new First Cymru boss

‘Jane’s passion, focused determination and leadership style have already proved effective in stimulating the energies of the Cymru team’   Reakes-Davies has a background in human resource management and leadership   First Bus has announced the appointment of Jane Reakes-Davies as the managing director for First Cymru. Reakes-Davies joined First Bus in 2013 and was...
Group sets a target for female representation

Group sets a target for female representation

Go-Ahead plans to double the number of women working at its bus operations, backed by initiatives including a new ‘Women in Bus’ group   Initiatives aim to encourage women into bus sector   Go-Ahead has launched a new campaign that aims to encourage more women to apply for jobs in the bus industry. The group...
Graduate boost for FirstGroup

Graduate boost for FirstGroup

FirstGroup almost doubles its number of new graduates with 50% of them female   18 graduates have joined FirstGroup’s graduate development programme this year   This month has seen 18 recent university graduates begin their careers in the transport industry after they joined FirstGroup’s graduate development programme. The graduates have already begun a comprehensive workplace...
Search is on for Europe’s best and brightest

Search is on for Europe’s best and brightest

The search is on to find the best in the business with the launch of the Talent in Mobility Awards     The search has begun to find Europe’s best and brightest people working within the public transport sector with the launch of this year’s Talent in Mobility competition. Nominations are now being accepted in...
TfL suspends graduate scheme

TfL suspends graduate scheme

Transport for London has denied claims that it has suspended graduate recruitment due to cuts Transport for London has denied claims that it has suspended its prestigious graduate management training scheme as a result of budget cuts made in order to help fund London mayor Sadiq Khan’s fares freeze. The Evening Standard this week reported...
Hull Trains leads the way on gender equality

Hull Trains leads the way on gender equality

In contrast to the rail industry norm, where only 16% of roles are filled by women, 50% of employees at FirstGroup-owned Hull Trains are female   Claire Sonley   Hull Trains has reiterated its total commitment to equality in the wake of the Department for Transport’s calls for more women in transport. The FirstGroup-owned open...