Coach and rail operator National Express has created the position
of group communications manager and is seeking suitable candidates.
The company - now the UK’s largest passenger train operator - launched
the search this week for someone to handle both internal and external
communications reporting direct to chief executive Philip White. It is
the first time there has been such a role at group level.
It is understood the company is offering a package of between pounds
40,000 and pounds 70,000 and the opportunity to create a new department
at its corporate headquarters in Hampshire.
According to one source, National Express is looking for someone with
experience of working within a divisional structure and a track record
in internal communications. The company now has some 15,000 employees,
many inherited from British Rail with the five passenger train
franchises it has won.
In addition to North London Railways, Gatwick Express and Midland
Mainline, the company’s rail division has recently acquired ScotRail and
Central Trains - although these deals are under investigation by the
Monopolies and Mergers Commission.
It owns several bus companies including Travel West Midlands and TayBus,
together with the inter-city coach service on which it is based.
National Express is also the UK’s second-largest airport operator after
BAA, with East Midlands and Bournemouth International airports.