Etherington hired by First Group as comms manager

One the UK’s largest transport companies, FirstGroup, has appointed Robin Etherington as communications manager to oversee its bids for existing and new rail franchises.

One the UK’s largest transport companies, FirstGroup, has appointed

Robin Etherington as communications manager to oversee its bids for

existing and new rail franchises.



The newly-created group level post takes responsibility for First

Group’s three current franchises - First Great Western, First Great

Eastern and First North Western.



Etherington reports to FirstGroup’s corporate director Mike Mitchell and

senior freelance PR adviser Martin Helm.



A former British Rail PR officer and editor of the in-house staff

newspaper Railnews, Etherington joins the company after a three-year

stint as a freelance consultant within the rail industry.



’My main tasks will be to liaise with opinion formers such as MPs and

passenger groups about ongoing improvement on our franchises and

railways as a whole,’ he said.



Etherington will work from his Solihull home in the West Midlands.



- The new high-speed trains operate at a top speed of 125 mph and not

150mph as stated in last week’s story concerning the appointment of

Equinox PR by First Great Western.



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