News from East Midlands Trains


Senior Management changes at East Midlands Trains

  • Tim Shoveller finishes after four years as Managing Director to take over as head of UK’s biggest commuter rail franchise 
  • New Managing Director of East Midlands Trains confirmed as David Horne

Tim Shoveller, Managing Director of East Midlands Trains, has announced today (5 October) that he will be moving to a new role as Managing Director of South West Trains from 2 January 2012.

South West Trains, which is also owned by Stagecoach Group, is the UK’s biggest commuter rail franchise and has recently been named ‘Passenger Operator of the Year’ at the 2011 National Rail Awards.  These management changes come following confirmation that Andy Pitt, South West Trains current Managing Director, will be retiring at the turn of the year.

Tim Shoveller (38) began his career on the South West Trains network exactly 20 years ago, as a British Rail trainee at Guildford.    He has been Managing Director of East Midlands Trains since the start of the franchise in November 2007.  He joined Stagecoach from Virgin Trains where, as Business Development Director and previously Operations Director, he played a key role in the success of Virgin West Coast. Before that, he was Operations Director at Midland Mainline and he has also held a senior position at Eurostar. He is also a Fellow of the Institution of Railway Operators.

Under his leadership over the past four years, East Midlands Trains has gone from strength to strength with some of the highlights being:

  • Introduction of a brand new timetable in December 2008 with more trains and  faster journey times. 
  • Refurbishment of all trains within the fleet, representing an investment of over £30 million, with WiFi installed on all London trains. 
  • Introduction of a second train each hour between Sheffield and London, as the result of a successful partnership with South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive. 
  • Securing additional trains to provide additional capacity on the busy Liverpool to Norwich route. 
  • Improved punctuality across all routes, and being named as the UK’s best performing long distance operator for the last three years.

Commenting on the move, Tim Shoveller said: “I am very proud of what the team has achieved at East Midlands Trains, and despite many challenges we have created a good, safe and reliable business that delivers for our customers.

“I am sad to leave the East Midlands, which has very much become my home, and I would like to take the opportunity to thank all the staff, stakeholders and our industry partners who have helped to ensure that I am leaving East Midlands Trains in the best possible position moving forward.

“David Horne has been my deputy since the start of the franchise and has played a crucial role in many of our successes, such as securing additional carriages for the Liverpool Norwich line, and the introduction of new services between Sheffield and London.  I couldn’t think of a better person to be taking over the running of East Midlands Trains and I have every confidence that David will develop the company even further.

“I wish David and the rest of the team at East Midlands Trains every success for the future.”

Tim Shoveller will take over as MD-designate at South West Trains on 1 December 2011 before taking up his new post on 2 January 2012.  David Horne will take over as Managing Director of East Midlands Trains later this month.

David Horne (39), currently Commercial and Customer Service Director at East Midlands Trains, led Stagecoach’s successful bid for the East Midlands franchise in 2006.  David has worked in the rail industry since 1993 and has experience of intercity, regional and London & South East sectors in various commercial and strategic roles.

Commenting on his appointment as Managing Director, David said: “I feel very privileged to have worked with Tim for the last four years, and I am proud of what we have achieved at East Midlands Trains.  Tim’s enthusiasm for the railway is infectious and I know he has many supporters across the region, who I’m sure will wish him well in his new role.

“I am excited about the future of East Midlands Trains, and I look forward to taking over the reins from Tim to build further on the progress made so far”.

Stagecoach Group Chief Executive Sir Brian Souter said: “I am delighted Tim and David will be leading the teams at South West Trains and East Midlands Trains. They are both amongst the very best managers in the UK rail industry and these appointments show the depth of management talent we have right across our businesses.”