Stagecoach Group plc has announced the appointment of Tim Shoveller as Managing Director of the Group's UK Rail division.
Tim Shoveller (43), who has nearly 25 years' experience in the rail
industry in the UK, has been Managing Director of South West Trains for
the past four years.
Reporting directly to Stagecoach Group Chief Executive Martin
Griffiths, he will have responsibility for the management of the Group's
existing rail businesses and new business development opportunities.
Tim Shoveller, who has also previously been Managing Director at East
Midlands Trains, joined Stagecoach Group in 2007. He joined from Virgin
Trains where, as Business Development Director and previously
Operations Director, he played a key role in the success of Virgin
Trains West Coast. Before that, he was Operations Director at Midland
Mainline and he has also held a senior position at Eurostar. He is also a
Fellow of the Institution of Railway Operators.
Both appointments are effective from 1 February 2016.
Stagecoach Group Chief Executive Martin Griffiths said: "We have a
strong rail business and a portfolio of franchises which extends through
to 2023, with further expected opportunities to bid for a number of
contracts over the next two years.
"Tim has made a significant impact at South West Trains over the past
four years, including leading our ground-breaking alliancing with
Network Rail. He has extensive management experience and first-hand
insight into large parts of the UK rail network, as well as a strong
commitment to safety, customer service and partnership working with
"This is a very exciting time for Stagecoach, which is a leading
operator in the UK rail market. These new appointments will put us in a
strong position as we seek to transform the travel experience for our
customers, grow our business and develop a strong bid for the new South
Western rail franchise in 2017. I would like to wish Tim and Christian
well in their new roles."
Commenting on his appointment, Tim Shoveller said: "Stagecoach is
widely recognised as one of the most dynamic and innovative operators in
the rail industry. As well as having a significant share of the UK
passenger rail market, Stagecoach has built an excellent reputation for
safe, high-quality rail services and strong partnership working with
rail industry stakeholders.
"I am delighted to be heading the Group's UK Rail division. We have a
highly professional team with a great track-record of delivering
consistently high levels of service to our customers and good value to
taxpayers. I'm looking forward to meeting the challenges and delivering
on the opportunities ahead."
Christian Roth added: "I am very proud to have been given the
opportunity to lead what is one of the most important rail networks in
the UK and Europe, both in terms of the economy and connectivity for
"We have a fantastic team of people at South West Trains and exciting
plans to transform the service we provide for the customers who make
230 million journeys on our trains every year. There is a major and
challenging programme of work ahead to deliver vital new capacity on our
network, but I am confident our management team and employees will
deliver for our passengers."