Go South Coast, the Go Ahead Group’s southern division of bus and coach companies, has continued its review of its management structure. Damory Coaches, the Dorset based bus and coach operator, has appointed Simon Newport as Operations Manager, supported by Dave Grant as Assistant Operations Manager, Ian Gray as Contracts Manager and Keith Lilly the Depot Engineering Manager.
Simon Newport’s career in the bus industry started as a Management Trainee with First Group in 1999. Having gained experience with the group’s bus operations around the UK he was appointed Operations Manager for the First operations in Dorset in 2000, moved to Bristol in 2005 and in 2006 became a Commercial Director for the First business in Devon and Cornwall. He joins Damory from his role as Regional Network Manager with First held since June 2011.
Andrew Wickham, Go South Coast’s Managing Director, said that he is delighted to welcome Simon Newport to the company that has experienced rapid expansion since gaining a major share of the Dorset County Council schools contracts last year.
“With this year’s school bus services running smoothly and to expectations we can now look to expand Damory’s important public transport role in Dorset,” said Andrew Wickham. “I’m confident that Simon Newport has the experience, foresight and integrity to continue Damory’s success.”
Damory, based in Pimperne, operates a fleet of 160 buses and coaches from depots at Pimperne, Dorchester, Henstridge, Swanage and Poole with a team of around 200 drivers, engineering and support personnel.