Stagecoach welcomes new Engineering Manager

Thu, February 9th, 2017

Stagecoach has strengthened its engineering team in the Wirral.

Stagecoach Merseyside and South Lancashire has strengthened its engineering team on the Wirral with the appointment of a new engineering manager, based at its Birkenhead depot.

John Thompson, who joined the business as an apprentice, has been promoted to the role internally, he previously held the position of assistant engineering manager at Stagecoach’s Gilmoss depot in Liverpool.

His new role will involve helping to ensure the smooth running of Stagecoach’s garage at Birkenhead; ensuring vehicles are well maintained; managing a team of engineers; and assisting with training. He will report to Stagecoach’s director of engineering, Tony Cockcroft.

John said: “I started my career as an apprentice with Stagecoach and I was able to benefit from great training and mentoring from the team at the Gilmoss depot at an early stage. This was an experience which gave me a really firm foundation in my career, and it’s great to be helping to mentor and work alongside our next generation of engineers at Birkenhead.

“This is an exciting time in automotive engineering, we’re developing increasingly sustainable, eco-friendly, high-tech buses that make the passenger experience even better, and it’s great to be working on the frontline and seeing these advances in transport first-hand.

“Over the last six years with the business, I’ve had the opportunity to develop and advance within the company and I’m really enjoying working with the team at Birkenhead and look forward to working with the engineering management team to grow and strengthen this integral part of the business.”

Rob Jones, managing director of Stagecoach Merseyside and South Lancashire, said: “We’re delighted to have appointed John to this key role at our Birkenhead depot. Growing people and giving them opportunities to advance within the business is something we believe is incredibly important and many of our management team have worked their way up in the business – gathering invaluable experience along the way. We look forward to seeing John continue to grow and bring his skills and knowledge to the depot.”

Stagecoach’s Birkenhead depot is growing and the business is currently recruiting for engineers at various levels. Follow the company online at or on Twitter at @StagecoachMCSL for more information and company updates.

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About Stagecoach Merseyside and South Lancashire: Stagecoach Merseyside and South Lancashire is a market-leading company with over 1,200 staff and over 400 vehicles serving more than 42 million customers a year. It is one of the UK’s most sustainable bus operators and has reduced carbon emissions by 30 per cent in the last five years. All Stagecoach vehicles are fitted with eco-driving systems which lower emissions and the company has shown the biggest commitment to using 100 per cent biofuel of any UK bus operator. Stagecoach Merseyside and South Lancashire was found to be the best value operator in England by an independent survey carried out earlier this year.

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