Bus Chief Among Top 50 Most Powerful Northern Women

Stagecoach Manchester MD Elizabeth Tasker makes list for role in mainly male dominated industry

Elizabeth Tasker, MD Stagecoach Manchester
Driving force: Elisabeth Tasker, Managing Director, Stagecoach Manchester. Image courtesy of Tangerine PR Limited, 2017.

With yesterday (08 March) being International Womens’ Day, we at East of the M60 has learned of one notable inclusion. That of Stagecoach Manchester’s Elisabeth Tasker. She was named on the Top 50 list at the 2017 Northern Power Awards in Manchester on Tuesday night (07 March).

Elisabeth took over from Christopher Bowles last year and is one of the UK’s leading figures in the bus industry. For several years, the bus and coach industry has been male dominated. In the last thirty years, she has broken through the glass ceiling. In addition to her success in the transport industry, she was recognised for her commitment to helping and encouraging others. Especially her female colleagues in particular, to develop their skills and experience to further their own careers.

She leads by example in her own approach to her role and inspires others to take the same approach. Elisabeth believes in giving young managers responsibility while at the same time ensuring they feel supported.

She said: “I’m delighted and quite humbled to be named as a Northern Power Woman. It’s certainly not something I ever expected but was a lovely surprise. I enjoy what I do and I hope that this will help shine a light on the important role that women can and should play within the bus industry in the future.

“More than 250,000 jobs are supported, directly and indirectly, through the UK bus industry so there are many opportunities out there for both men and women to have a successful and rewarding career in the transport sector. However, over 90% of people in the bus industry are male and I look forward to seeing that change in the years to come as more women realise what the bus industry can offer them and what they can offer the industry.”

Elisabeth is only one of two female Managing Directors throughout Stagecoach UK’s Bus Division. Most of Greater Manchester’s part of the Stagecoach empire has 2,350 employees, 800 buses, and an annual turnover of £70 million. She joined the Stagecoach Group in 2000, after experience in the heavy goods and bus industries.

Elisabeth Tasker at Stagecoach:

  • 2000 – 2011: Operations Director, Stagecoach Manchester;
  • 2011 – 2016: Managing Director, Stagecoach Merseyside and South Lancashire;
  • 2016 – present: Managing Director, Stagecoach Manchester and Wigan.

An EM60 Presentation, 06 March 2017.


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