ATOC director of comms leaves after alleged clash

The body representing train companies has lost its long-standing director of comms after an alleged clash with the chief executive.

Funnell: departs ATOC
Funnell: departs ATOC

The Association of Train Operating Companies’ (ATOC) Edward Funnell has left unexpectedly after six and a half years’ service. It is believed that Funnell did not leave of his own choosing.

One insider added that Funnell left because ‘the chief executive and him didn’t see eye to eye’.

ATOC would not specify whether Funnell had been sacked or resigned, and would not comment on the allegations.

Funnell is currently looking at opportunities inside and outside the rail industry, both in house and consultancy.

Transit Magazine has reported that this follows a communications review being undertaken by John Major’s final press secretary Jonathan Haslam, MD of Haslamedia.

The review comes as part of a wider company-wide review to find efficiencies that will see ATOC cut staff numbers by 20 per cent.

ATOC has appointed Paul Atkinson as interim director of external affairs.

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