Elisabeth Tasker’s retirement leaves vacancy in top role

The Stagecoach Group has announced that Elisabeth Tasker, Managing Director of its Manchester bus operation is to retire after 20 years’ service in the bus industry. 

Elisabeth joined The Stagecoach Group in 2000 as Operations Director at Manchester. She has previously held a number of management roles, both in the heavy goods and bus industries. In 2011, she went on to be Managing Director of Stagecoach Merseyside and South Lancashire, before becoming Managing Director of Stagecoach Greater Manchester in late 2016. She was also named in the Top 50 Northern Power list in 2017, which is testament to her success in the transport sector. Elisabeth took over from Christopher Bowles.

As an active contributor to the transport market in Greater Manchester, under Elisabeth’s leadership, she has overseen the investment of more than £37 million in new buses. Most recently, Stagecoach Greater Manchester has launched the region’s first double-decker electric buses on two routes – on the popular 111 and 43 routes. The 111 links Manchester city centre with Moss Side and Didsbury before reaching Southern Cemetery. The 43 – the only bus route in Greater Manchester with a Christmas Day service – links the city centre with Manchester Airport, five hospitals and three universities.

Stagecoach Regional Director North, Catherine Acton-Brazier, said: “I would like to thank Elisabeth for the excellent work she has done over many years to deliver huge improvements for bus passengers. We have been lucky to hold onto Elisabeth for so long given her desire to spend more time with her family in Wales. 

“She has made such a valuable contribution to our business and the local community and she will be missed by the Stagecoach team and the wider stakeholder group in Greater Manchester.” 

Elisabeth Tasker added: “I’m very sad to be leaving Stagecoach and have thoroughly enjoyed my time leading the team in Manchester. However, as with many people, the impact of COVID-19 has caused me to re-think my priorities and I know that now is the right time for me to retire and be able to spend more quality time with my family in Wales. 

“I would like to pay tribute to the whole team in Greater Manchester, particularly for all their work during the past few months, which has been challenging for everybody. They’re a great team and they have made coming to work all the more enjoyable over the years.” 

Elisabeth will continue to lead the team in Manchester whilst the process is underway to appoint a successor. We wish her well on her next journey.

An EM60 Presentation, 13 August 2020.

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