Graduate Profiles

We’re exceptionally proud of our track record of not only developing graduates into leaders through our programme, but also offering them continued progression within our business.

A significant number of these have gone onto senior leadership roles in the Stagecoach businesses, and their careers continue to flourish. Take a look at just some of those who continue to help make Stagecoach the business success it is today!

Who am I:
Louise Simpson

What I’m doing:
Project Manager

What I studied:
Mathematics at Heriot Watt University

When I started:
2010

What’s my claim to fame:
Hosted a children’s birthday party for one of Sir Brian Souter’s sons when I was a teenager – long before Stagecoach was a possible career choice!

Best bit about the scheme:
Gaining an understanding of so many parts and elements of the business so quickly, combined with the opportunity to build a large network almost instantly. From the beginning I got to meet people working in depots and locations across the UK which has continued to benefit me both socially and professionally ever since.

Toughest bit about the scheme:
There’s a fair bit of moving around required and it can be difficult to leave a location once you are settled and have made friends. That being said, I have made real friends for life in some of my previous posts and I now have reasons to visit several fantastic cities to see them – not to mention somewhere to stay when I do!

Next career move:
I was Operations Manager in a number of depots for 7 years and I am currently working in an exciting new role. The long term plan for me is to progress to an Operations Director’s role

Who am I:
Ross Barton

What I’m doing:
Operations Director

What I studied:
Law at Edinburgh University

When I started:
2014

What’s my claim to fame:
Met and shook hands with the coolest guys ever…Slash!

Best bit about the scheme:
Feeling valued. Your mentors, managers and colleagues really take an interest in you and want you to do well. The training and support you receive goes far beyond what I expected and they push you to progress your career and give you the tools you need to do so. There are real avenues for progression and you’re on the front line helping to deliver a modern service to millions of customers

The value also comes from knowing what you do matters. You’re not selling something people don’t want or offering a service they don’t need; you’re working as team to provide a necessary service. What you do matters and Stagecoach make you feel like you matter.

Toughest bit about the scheme:
It can be tough to adjust to being geographically mobile and you will move around a lot in the first 3 years, but it is absolutely worth it. The personal challenge of moving is nothing compared to getting to live in exciting areas of the country, meeting some great people and broadening your horizons.

Next career move:
A Managing Director role and helping to develop the next crop of Graduates in the business (passing on the wisdom of the many grey hairs I’ve now got).

Who am I:
Matt Cranwell

What I’m doing:
Managing Director

What I studied:
Business & Quality Management at Nottingham Trent Business School

When I started:
2004

What’s my claim to fame:
Once had to direct Sean Bean (the actor in TV series ‘Sharpe’ and more recently Game of Thrones) in a Heinz Big Soup Advert!

Best bit about the scheme:
Having a go at all the jobs, which provided a great insight into what our staff do on a daily basis to keep our operation going. Great to be able to say at a later stage that you have done it and understand what each of the jobs involves.

Toughest bit about the scheme:
Initially understanding how all the bits fit together and having the confidence to critically assess whether you think we can do better. The next tough bit is day one as a manager, when staff are asking you the questions for guidance. Gulp!

Next career move:
Exceeded all my expectations of progressing to MD after 11 years, so my next move is to ensure I develop as an MD in a large business.

Who am I:
Abbey Pettigrew

What I’m doing:
Operations Manager, Oxford Depot

What I studied:
Geography at St Andrews

When I started:
2011

What’s my claim to fame:
Once appeared in a TV advert for a bookshop.

Best bit about the scheme:
People are at the heart of this Company and you quickly become embedded into the Stagecoach family. You are welcomed, supported and encouraged throughout the scheme and thereafter in your career to achieve your ambitions.

Toughest bit about the scheme:
Dolly Parton was wrong when she sang “working 9 to 5, what a way to make a living”. Our business never sleeps with buses running 24/7. From managing the morning run out at 4am, to recruiting new drivers for our business during the afternoon, to cleaning buses at 11pm, you need to be prepared to experience work at all times of the day.

Next career move:
Having managed at 3 depots across the country, I am ready to step up to the position of Operations Director and am looking forward to this next challenge.

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We’re keen that our selection process gives both you and us an
understanding of whether we’re a great fit for each other. It will give you
a peek into our wonderful world, offering a good understanding of what
it’s like to be a Stagecoach graduate.

If the Graduate Leadership Programme sounds like what you’ve been
looking for, then it’s time to apply.

Apply Now

We’re keen that our selection process gives both you and us an understanding of whether we’re a great fit for each other. It will give you a peek into our wonderful world, offering a good understanding of what it’s like to be a Stagecoach graduate.

If the Graduate Leadership Programme sounds like what you’ve been looking for, then it’s time to apply.