Stagecoach has appointed Matthew Arnold as commercial director of its Kent and East Sussex operations.
Matthew started his career in the transport industry as a scheduler with London Country Bus Services in 1984. Previously Commercial Manager at Arriva Southern Counties he joined Stagecoach as Business Development Manager in early 2016 following a spell with Kent independent Go-Coach. Matthew is the current Regional Chairman for CPT London & South East and brings a wide range of experience to the role including running his own bus company and extensive bus and coach driving experience, both in the UK and abroad.
Matthew’s new job will put him in the commercial driving seat of a company which employs over 1,300 staff at eight depots across the region and operates a fleet of 473 buses and coaches which carry over 45 million passengers a year.
Speaking about his new role, Matthew said: “I've joined Stagecoach at an exciting time; yes, there are some uncertainties in the industry, but the south east, and in particular east Kent, continues to present opportunities for network enhancements with many significant commercial and residential developments either already underway or planned. We have seen substantial group investment in this our centenary year with 85 new buses and a new, purpose-built depot at Herne Bay and are well placed to support the growth in the local economy.”