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.
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