Stagecoach South Engineering Director Richard Alexander is to retire after 51 years of continuous service with Stagecoach South, formerly Southdown Motor Services. Richard was 15 when he applied for a job with Southdown Motor Services in 1964.
He began as an apprentice at the central engineering workshop in Portslade near Brighton.
Spending the next five years learning how to dismantle and remanufacture many different components gave Richard â€œa knowledge that has lasted to the present dayâ€.
Following the privatisation of the National Bus Company, Southdown was taken over by Stagecoach in 1989, and Richard was further promoted to Chief Engineer in 1991. He was then given his current title as Engineering Director for Stagecoach South in 1993.
Says Richard: â€œI have thoroughly enjoyed working for both companies and the entire 51 years has brought me into contact with many loyal and hard working people, many of whom have become very good friends.â€
Robert Montgomery, Stagecoach UK Bus MD, says: â€œRichard has been a core part of the DNA of Stagecoach South for as long as anyone can remember. He has more than earned a long, happy and peaceful retirement and leaves behind a solid foundation for his successor.â€
Richard is succeeded by Chris Remnant, formerly Engineering Manager at Stagecoach London.