STAGECOACH has announced the appointment of Carla Stockton-Jones as its new UK managing director.

Ms Stockton-Jones “becomes the first woman to head a major private sector multi-modal public transport operation in the UK,” Stagecoach said, adding she will report directly to chief executive Martin Griffiths.

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She joined Stagecoach in February 2020 as regional director south of England after holding senior positions with Sky since 2012 as director of home service and director of retail.

Ms Stockton-Jones succeeds Mark Threapleton, who retired this summer.