Stagecoach plans in place for a smooth handover

A FORMER clippie who rose to become managing director of Stagecoach’s UK bus division retires next year to be succeeded by another industry veteran.

Les Warneford, a former bus conductor and one of the UK bus industry’s longest-serving managing directors with 12 years in the post, has been a conductor, driver, clerk, traffic officer and traffic superintendent, before making the move into management.

Warneford’s successor, Robert Montgomery, currently Stagecoach’s service performance director, clipped his first tickets as a seasonal bus conductor in Paisley 40 years ago. Since graduating from the University of Glasgow in 1974, he has worked in management in the bus and coach sector.

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Sir Brian Souter, chief executive of Perth-based Stagecoach, said: “Les has played a very significant role in Stagecoach’s success.

“He has headed a division which has provided consistently strong operational delivery, the best value fares to customers, huge levels of investment and industry-leading financial performance, as well as an exceptional track-record of passenger growth.”

Montgomery will take on the role of deputy managing director of the division next month and spend a year working closely with Warneford to ensure a smooth hand-over 12 months later.