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Meet the team

Meet the team

Richard Tyldsley | General Manager

Richard T

Richard began his career as a bus driver in County Durham for Go North East. He later joined another company as an assistant operations manager, and was promoted to operations manager in 2010. Richard joined Go South Coast as General Manager for Bluestar, Unilink and Southern Vectis in October 2016.

Andy Shaw | Operations Manager

Andy Shaw

Andy has been in the industry all his working life, having been employed by a variety bus and coach companies in a variety of roles. He started as an Apprentice Mechanic, before spending 15 years as a driver, then becoming a manager. Andy moved from Scotland to become Operations Manager at Bluestar and Unilink in February 2018. 

Chrysie Papanicolaou | Assistant Operations Manager

Chrys Papanicolaou

Chrys has a wealth of experience in the bus industry, starting with Solent Blue Line in 1989. From a driver to revenue inspector to training and admin support roles, there's very little Chrys doesn't know about the business. She was promoted to Assistant Operations Manager in 2012, and now looks after our Totton depot.

Damian Robson | Assistant Operations Manager

Eastleigh Assistant Operations Manager, Damian Robson

Damian started in the industry as a driver in his hometown of Bournemouth in April 1999. He became a Supervisor in 2000 and then a Manager in 2006.  In 2011, Damian joined Go South Coast and has worked at many of our sister companies including Damory, Morebus, Salisbury Reds and Tourist. He joined Bluestar in May 2016, briefly seconding to the Emerald Isle to assist in the set up of our Dublin operation, Go Ahead Ireland in 2018.

Kerrie Grant | Assistant Operations Manager

Kerrie Grant

Kerrie started in the industry in 2013 as a graduate trainee and joined Go South Coast in 2016 as an Assistant Operations Manager as our sister company, Salisbury Reds. In November 2017, Kerrie moved to our Eastleigh depot to become the AOM for Unilink.

Marc West | Commercial Planning Manager

Marc West

Marc joined Bluestar and our sister company Southern Vectis in 2012, and has 30 years experience of working in a commercial office. Marc plans the Bluestar, Southern Vectis, morebus & Salisbury Reds bus networks, as well as ensuring our services remain reliable. Marc also looks after the timetable data on our website, Real Time Passenger Information & Next Stop Announcement systems.

Alfie Cork-Simpson | Bluestar & Unilink Commercial Officer

Alfie Cork-Simpson

Alfie joined Bluestar in 2014, He is responsible for the scheduling of our 180 buses and 420 drivers. Monitoring timetable reliability and working on tweaks to our network to improve punctuality and better serve our customers is also an important part of Alfies role.

Nikki Honer | Head of Marketing

Nikki Honer

Nikki has approximately 30 years bus industry knowledge and focuses on staying one step ahead in a commercial environment to exceed customer’s expectations, and is committed to understanding customer needs, to improving our business offering, and increasing our customer satisfaction ratings.

Her aim is to create eye-catching and fun marketing campaigns and keep the messages of bus travel as simple as possible.

George Miller | Marketing Executive

George Miller

George started as a driver in 2012, spending two years at Bluestar and a further 2 and a half driving for our Unilink operation. In May 2017, George became the Roadside Publicity Coordinator, responsible for all timetables and advertising at more than 1000 bus stops across the network. In September 2018, George was promoted to Marketing Executive and is involved in everything from roadside publicity, online and printed materials, social media coverage, local bus events, and communicating notices of roadworks/diversions to our drivers and customers.

Phil Berry & Ciaran Urry-Tuttiett | Travel Shop Advisors

Phil (left) and Ciaran (right) in the Southampton Travel Shop

Ciaran has worked in the bus and coach industry since 2006, starting as a driver, later becoming a driver mentor and Operations Supervisor. In January 2015, he joined Bluestar as a driver, quickly becoming our Roadside Publicity Coordinator. Ciaran then left for an 8 month stint as a Bus Station Supervisor in Portsmouth before returning as one of our travel shop advisors. Ciaran is a massive Eurovision fan, and even has his own weekly local radio show based on it.

Phil has over 40 years experience in the customer service industry, but has spent the last 18 years in the transport industry, 13 with a train company and the last 5 with Bluestar. Phil enjoys working with people and loves going on cruises. To date he has been on more than 12. 

Their duties include issuing tickets, giving public transport advice, processing feedback and complaints, assisting customers with lost property, and helping at local events.

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