New faces at Stagecoach Midlands
He became a duty controller before being selected for the Stagecoach staff development programme after which he was promoted to assistant operations manager at Torbay for two years, and then operations manager at Barnstaple, where he worked for four years. Simmons was seconded to the Stagecoach UK Bus Events Team during last year’s Olympic Games, where he was training and welfare manager.
Simmons’ successor at Leamington Spa and Stratford is JAYSON SMITH, who was previously operations manager at Nuneaton. He has worked for the company for over 12 years; his first job with Stagecoach was as a trainee bus driver at Morecambe. He was assistant operations manager at Nuneaton from 2006 to 2010, and was acting operations manager at Stagecoach Yorkshire in 2010-11. Like Simmons, Smith was part of the Stagecoach Olympic team, as regional manager. Before getting involved in the bus industry Smith spent five years with the Royal Engineers with tours of duty in Northern Ireland, Germany and the Gulf. He was in the first Gulf War.
And taking over from Simmons at Nuneaton is PETER KNIGHT. He joined Stagecoach in 2010 on the company’s graduate management development programme and was based initially in Chesterfield before working at Stockton-on-Tees, Oxford and most recently Merseyside and South Lancashire, where he was responsible for overseeing the transition of the former FirstGroup businesses at Chester and Birkenhead to Stagecoach ownership.
Photo: Tony Simmons.