Stagecoach promotion is milestone for women

Stagecoach, Britain’s biggest bus, coach and tram operator, has appointed Carla Stockton-Jones as UK managing director.

She becomes the first female to head a major private sector multi-modal public transport operation in the UK and will report directly to Stagecoach chief executive Martin Griffiths.

The appointment, effective from 1 October, followed a thorough competitive process involving internal and external candidates over a number of months. She succeeds Mark Threapleton, who retired this summer.

She will be responsible for a business with 24,000 staff, more than 8,000 buses, coaches and trams and an annual turnover of around £1.3 billion.

Ms Stockton-Jones joined Stagecoach in February as regional director South of England after holding senior positions with Sky since 2012 as director of home service and previously director of Retail. She has sales and service experience across a range of sectors, including fast-moving consumer goods, media and technology.

Since July she has been interim UK managing director and has been leading Stagecoach’s business transformation programme and Covid-19 recovery plans, including engagement with the Department for Transport around the sector’s transition out of the pandemic.

Stagecoach chief executive Martin Griffiths said: “Carla has a proven track record in retail and service roles across a range of highly competitive sectors.

“She has a passion for delivering large-scale transformation programmes, fostering innovation and motivating teams to deliver results. These qualities will be invaluable as we look to deliver a more agile business supported by a talented and diverse team.”

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