Stagecoach Manchester MD Elisabeth Tasker announces retirement

The Managing Director (MD) of Stagecoach Manchester, Elisabeth Tasker, is to retire after coronavirus COVID-19 caused her to ‘rethink’ priorities surrounding work and family.

Elisabeth Tasker became MD of Stagecoach Merseyside and South Lancashire in 2011 before becoming MD of Stagecoach Manchester in 2016, having started as Operations Director in 2000.

Under her leadership, Stagecoach invested over £37m in new buses and services including the launch of some of the region’s first double-decker electric buses.

Elisabeth says she has ‘thoroughly enjoyed’ her time leading the Manchester team, but that the pandemic has made her realise now is ‘the right time’ to consider retirement.

She says: “I’m very sad to be leaving Stagecoach. However, as with many people, the impact of COVID-19 has caused me to re-think my priorities and I know that now is the right time for me to retire and be able to spend more quality time with my family in Wales.”

Stagecoach Regional Director North Catherine Acton-Brazier thanked Elisabeth for her service and says: “We have been lucky to hold onto Elisabeth for so long given her desire to spend more time with her family in Wales.

“She has made such a valuable contribution to our business and the local community and she will be missed by the Stagecoach team and the wider stakeholder group in Greater Manchester.”

Elisabeth will continue to lead the team in Manchester while a successor is found.