Dennison to take over as Stagecoach South West MD

Stagecoach has appointed Bob Dennison as its new managing director of its south west bus operations. Dennison moves from his post as Stagecoach East engineering director on 1 July 2015 when the current south west managing director Mike Watson will become managing director, Stagecoach South. 

Dennison (38), began his career in 1994 as an apprentice mechanic in Christchurch, New Zealand. In 1999, he moved to the UK and joined Stagecoach in Hull as a shift fitter, before becoming a charge hand. 

He joined the group’s staff development programme in 2000 and subsequently moved to Cambridge as engineering supervisor. He then had a spell as engineering manager at Peterborough depot before being appointed engineering manager at the Cambridge depot. 

In 2008 he was appointed engineering director at Stagecoach East, where he has since been responsible for the introduction of the company’s guided busway fleet as well as the recent upgrade to high-specification coaches on the X5 route between Cambridge and Oxford. 

“There has been a real focus on partnership working over the past two years in the south west area and it has been successful in attracting even more people on to our greener, smarter bus services,” says Robert Montgomery, Stagecoach UK Bus managing director. “Bob will provide the positive and strong leadership required to build on the work done over the last few years to take advantage of the growth opportunities in the region.”