Bus man back in driving seat

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Phil Medlicott has returned to bus company Stagecoach as the new managing director of its Midlands division. (Submitted photo)

THE company that run a majority of bus services in Warwickshire has a familiar face in its driving seat. Phil Medlicott is the new managing director of Stagecoach Midlands.

He will be responsible for services across Northamptonshire, Warwickshire, Coventry, Leicester, Peterborough, Bedfordshire, Milton Keynes, Oxfordshire, Worcestershire and Staffordshire.

Mr Medlicott began his career in the bus industry in 1983 as a driver and then holding a series of management posts at bus companies in Birkenhead, Runcorn and London before joining Stagecoach in 2000 as operations director for Stagecoach South.

He became managing director for Stagecoach Warwickshire before spending four years as managing director of Stagecoach South East.

In 2012 he was appointed Managing Director of Stagecoach North East and in 2016 he moved on from Stagecoach to take up the Managing Director post at First Manchester.

He said: “I’m really looking forward to returning to Stagecoach where I have spent much of my career. Stagecoach Midlands is a great business with great people, and is somewhere I know well from my previous role there, so I look forward to working with the team, and our local partners, to build on the work that has already been done and deliver even better services for our customers.”

Mark Threapleton, Stagecoach UK Bus managing director for England and Wales, added: “I’m delighted to welcome Phil back to the business, he has significant experience of the bus industry, across many different parts of the country, and his knowledge and input will be hugely beneficial as we continue to work hard to deliver even better services for our customers in the Midlands.”