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01 Jun 2015
A bus driver from Sunderland is on a different road to success after taking up a new role as Commercial Assistant within the Commercial Team at one of the region’s leading bus operators.
39-year old Marie McCarty has swapped steering wheels for spreadsheets as she begins her new position for Stagecoach North East at its regional head office in Sunderland.
Marie is now part of a team which is responsible for all commercial aspects of the company, including bus and driver scheduling, developing routes and timetables, data collection and financial reporting.
Prior to taking up this new opportunity, Marie undertook her qualification as a bus driver in October 2014, where she spent the next six months on the roads around Sunderland, and gained invaluable experience in the scheduling, routing and general travel day to day issues which bus drivers face.
It was this role that led Marie to take her career in a new direction, as previously she was a knowledge management advisor at Barclays UK Retail and Business Bank, where she spent almost 11 years, coaching team members on the internal banking systems and tools, as well as spreadsheet and database management, analysis and reporting.
Marie also brings with her teaching experience, having spent almost two years as a lecturer in IT at Finchale Training College in County Durham, as well as technical support and administrative roles at Halifax, Sage and EDF Energy.
Marie is looking forward to the new role and the opportunities it brings to expand her skills. She said: “Having worked for large companies, and with a real desire to work in public transport, Stagecoach was the natural choice for me. When I came to the company, I had a long term plan in mind to gain experience as a driver first and then progress to a more technical role. I am absolutely elated that this opportunity has arisen. This job suits me perfectly, as it involves the analysis of numbers and which I specialised in as part of my 11 years in financial services. I very much enjoyed that aspect of my job and I felt that this role would be a natural progression to my career, and without a doubt it is the best decision I have made.”
But Marie says she will miss her time ‘on the buses’. “I loved my brief stint driving and meeting people, which enabled me to adapt my telephone customer service skills to the customer facing environment. I also enjoyed the constant challenges of manoeuvring 40ft buses around the routes! As a bus enthusiast, I was in heaven having the opportunity to drive these beautiful new buses.
“I feel proud to work for a very successful, forward thinking, innovative company, which has exceptional vision and consideration for the environment. Stagecoach, like me, is very customer focused, and this is demonstrated in the massive investment in vehicles, technology and staff training. Also, I am so grateful to the company for helping me to meet the love of my life, Andrew, who is a driver!
Robin Knight, Commercial Director for Stagecoach North East, said: “We would like to welcome Marie to the team and are confident that she will bring a high level of skill and expertise to the role. I am sure that she will become a valuable asset to the Commercial Team and I congratulate Marie on her appointment.”
For further information about Stagecoach North East please visit our About us page.