Coleman switches mode to head Oxfordshire operations

A career railwayman, Chris Coleman, is switching to bus management from September when he succeeds Martin Sutton as managing director of Stagecoach’s Oxfordshire business. Sutton retired in July after 46 years in the industry (Buses June).

Coleman joined British Rail in 1987, moving to Virgin Trains in the privatisation process, latterly as regional director for Virgin West Coast, by then part-owned by Stagecoach. In 2010 he became general manager (customer services and commercial) for Stagecoach’s light rail interests in Sheffield and Manchester, but left to become MD of Metrolink in Manchester after Stagecoach sold that tramoperating contract to RATP Dev. He rejoined Stagecoach in July last year on the team working on its rail strategy.

Davies heads Bus Users Cymru

Barclay Davies has stepped up from deputy director to director of Bus Users Cymru, the Welsh arm of Bus Users UK, following the retirement of Margaret Everson after 11 years.

Which? campaigner heads CBT

Darren Shirley is the new chief executive of the Campaign for Better Transport, succeeding Stephen Joseph who is leaving after 30 years. He comes from consumer group Which?, where he led its campaigning in regulated and retail markets, and has also worked for WWF, Greenpeace UK and National Energy Action.

Bus Éireann CEO steps down

Bus Éireann chief executive officer Ray Hernan is leaving the state-owned Irish bus company to take on a senior role in another company. He joined as chief financial officer in November 2016, becoming CEO two months later to lead a major restructure. Chief commercial officer Stephen Kent is acting CEO.