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Stagecoach appoints new Managing Director for South East

04 Dec 2018

Stagecoach has announced the appointment of a new Managing Director of its bus operations in Kent and East Sussex.


Current Delivery Director for train operator c2c, Joel Mitchell, is to take on the role in spring 2019.


Stagecoach announced earlier this year that South East Managing Director Philip Norwell had left the business. The company has been managed by Regional UK Bus Director Mike Watson in the interim.


Mark Threapleton, Stagecoach UK Bus Managing Director for England and Wales, said: “I’m delighted to welcome Joel to Stagecoach – he has significant experience within the transport industry, over many years, having worked on Stagecoach rail franchises in the past, and we look forward to benefiting from his knowledge and expertise as we continue to develop and improve services for our customers in the south east of England.”


Joel Mitchell began his transport career with South West Trains in 1999 and undertook a wide range of customer service and operational roles in an eleven year period before joining Southern Railway in 2010 as Head of Performance. He then returned to South West Trains as Head of Performance before joining First Hull Trains in 2015 as Director of Operations and Customer Experience. In March 2017 he was appointed Delivery Director with train operator c2c.


Joel Mitchell said: “This is an exciting new challenge for me and I am really looking forward to working with the team in the South East. I live locally so I know it’s a fantastic area with a great bus network and I look forward to building on the work that has already been done, along with our partners, to deliver even better services for our customers.”


Stagecoach South East carries more than 43 million passengers a year on its local bus network. The company employs around 1,300 people and has a fleet of 459 vehicles.