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Stagecoach in South Wales says goodbye to Engineering Director and welcomes a new director on board

01 May 2020

After 5 years in the role, 15 years at Stagecoach and over 37 years in the Transport Industry, Engineering Director Peter Henry is retiring from the company.

Peter started his career as an apprentice mechanic at Dutton-Forshaw in Liverpool in 1978 where he was involved working with Jaguar, Rover and Triumph. Peter moved into the transport industry in 1982 by starting with MPTE buses, responsible for MOT preparations at various depots in Liverpool and settled at Gillmoss bus depot in 1983 as a Chargehand.  In 2005, the company which had become Glenvale Transport was acquired by Stagecoach (becoming Stagecoach Merseyside) where Peter was promoted to Workshop Manager at Morecambe depot in 2008 and Preston Depot in 2010. He was then promoted to Engineering Manager at Preston depot in 2011 and Gillmoss depot in 2015 before becoming Engineering Director for Stagecoach in South Wales in 2015.

As Engineering Director, Peter has led an engineering team of over 100 staff operating around 350 buses in the region.  During Peter’s time at Stagecoach, the company has increased its passenger base and has adopted new green initiatives. Under Peter’s leadership, the engineering team’s achievements have included the launch of 48 brand new Gold service buses.

Stagecoach in South Wales is pleased to say that the role of Engineering Director has been filled by Jamie Lean. Jamie started his career as an Electrical Apprentice in 1991 for British Steel and worked through a variety of roles before moving into a Staff Engineering role in 1999. In 2001, Jamie returned to part-time education and completed a BEng Hons in Manufacturing Systems Engineering and followed with a Masters Degree in Lean and Agile Manufacturing, finally achieving his Chartered Engineer status in 2011.

Jamie then moved into a Senior Management role within Tata Steel UK Corporate Engineering in 2013, and then followed with the role of Chief Engineer in the Food Industry. Away from work, Jamie’s main passion is Rugby, where he has still managed to make a few first-team appearances this season.

Nigel Winter, Managing Director for Stagecoach in South Wales said: “Peter has been a part of the Stagecoach family for many years and he will be sorely missed by all of his engineering colleagues and head office staff alike. I wish him all the best in his retirement, and I’d like to welcome our newest member Jamie and wish him all the luck and success in his new role”.

Jamie commented: “ Peter has laid a solid foundation within South Wales Engineering, and this will be a huge benefit to myself as I transition into the business and into a new sector”.