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21.08.14

Southeastern appoints new MD

First Capital Connect’s (FCC) managing director David Statham has been appointed as the new managing director of Southeastern, the Govia railway company serving Kent, south east London and part of East Sussex.

Replacing Charles Horton, who has been appointed CEO of the Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern (TSGN) franchise, Statham will take up the position on Monday 15 September and until this time will remain MD of FCC.

TSGN takes over what was the FCC franchise from mid-September, and other routes will gradually be added to it, making it the biggest franchise in the country.

Statham joined British Rail as a management trainee in 1992 and undertook a wide range of customer service roles culminating in his appointment to customer service strategy manager at First Great Western. He project managed First’s mobilisation of the ScotRail franchise in 2004 and worked on the mobilisation of TransPennine Express the same year.

From 2008-2011 he led FCC’s team that implemented the first stage of the transformational Thameslink Programme, he was then appointed FFC’s MD in 2013.

David Brown, CEO of the Go-Ahead Group, said: “I’m very pleased that after a comprehensive selection process David Statham will be joining The Go-Ahead Group.

“His commercial and operational expertise and experience will be a great asset for us. Southeastern is an important part of our rail portfolio and over the next few years we need to continue improving services for customers at the same time as being a key delivery partner for the Thameslink Programme upgrade work. David has proven success in leading complex railway change projects and improving customer satisfaction levels.”

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