Bus Group Announces New Management Team

(L-R)  Mark Keighley, Nikki Honer,  Andrew Wickham,  Ed Wills and Paul Coyne.
(L-R) Mark Keighley, Nikki Honer, Andrew Wickham, Ed Wills and Paul Coyne.

The Go Ahead Group owned bus companies Wilts & Dorset and Bluestar have announced changes to the management team.  Andrew Wickham, who was appointed Managing Director in December, has promoted Ed Wills as Operations Director for Wilts & Dorset, Bluestar and sister companies Southern Vectis and Tourist Coaches   He was formerly a Divisional Director.

Nikki Honer, former Commercial Manager at Bluestar has moved to Wilts & Dorset in the same role covering the southern area network.  Mark Keighley, recently Business Development Manager for RATP Yellow Buses with over 10 years’ experience in the public transport sector with Stagecoach and a transport consultancy, has been recruited to replace Nikki Honer at Bluestar.  

Bluestar also sees Paul Coyne, former Assistant Depot Manager for the Go Ahead Group at the Gateshead Depot, become its Operations Manager.  He followed his bus conductor father into the industry starting as a driver in 1989 and was promoted through a succession of management roles.

“I believe that the new team will enable our bus operations to grow with confidence,” said Andrew Wickham. “The challenge to encourage passenger growth within the current economic environment requires professional and conscientious people who can lead and motivate everyone involved across our network.”

Go South Coast, the local company for the Go Ahead Group owned bus and coach operations in the South, employs over 1500 bus drivers, engineering and support personnel from 13 depots.  Its fleet of 800 buses operate on extensive networks within Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire and Isle Of Wight.

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