04 Dec 2019
Stagecoach in South Wales has appointed a new Fleet Engineer for its Porth Depot. Steven Pither started the role on 2nd December and will be responsible for managing the engineering department in Porth and a fleet of 80 buses which include darts, solos, E200s and MMC vehicles. It will be Steven’s responsibility to keep buses well maintained, clean and reliable for all customers.
Steven will also take on the role of ‘Green Champion’ for South Wales, helping to reduce C02 emissions, improve efficiency and continue to recycle and save energy throughout the company. Stagecoach in South Wales has seen a reduction in C02 emissions through fleet efficiency by -15.1% and a further -14.5% for Fleet C02 g’s per mile.
Steven’s appointment follows the retirement of Terry Smith who was Engineering Manager for 51 years. Steven left school at the age of 16 after securing an apprenticeship with Bridgend College of Technology. His first placement was working at Bridgend Creamery in Bridgend where he worked on all types of vehicles including electric milk floats, vans, forklift trucks, tankers, rigid and articulated HGVs. He then moved on to his first bus/coach company ‘Morris Travel’ based in Pencoed where he completed an apprenticeship and passed his PCV driving test.
Steven then moved on to Ferris Coach Holidays in Cardiff as a fitter where he maintained a fleet of coaches that were used for transporting holiday makers all over Europe. As well as the UK, he travelled and worked in France, Belgium, Germany and Spain.
In 2004, Steven joined Stagecoach in South Wales as a shift fitter in Porth depot. He was shortly promoted to chargehand in 2005 and worked in Porth & Caerphilly depots and also London during the 2012 Olympic Games project as a workshop supervisor. In 2017, Steven was promoted to foreman/workshop manager working in Blackwood, Merthyr and Aberdare depots before permanently returning to Porth depot in early 2019.
Steven said: "I'm extremely proud and honoured to have been appointed as Fleet Engineer. Terry Smith who retired after 51 years has done a fantastic job and I certainly have some big boots to fill, but I'm looking forward to the challenges that the role brings and I'm excited to see what the future holds for me and the company as a whole."
Peter Henry, Engineering Director for Stagecoach in South Wales said: “I’m delighted to appoint Steven as the new Fleet Engineer for Porth Depot. He has worked hard throughout the years and shown his dedication to Stagecoach and thoroughly deserves this promotion. I wish him all the best in his new role”.