MD’s arrival is at critical juncture for rail company
Train operator Southeastern has appointed a new managing director.
First Capital Connect managing director David Statham will take up the post at the operator serving Kent, southeast London and part of East Sussex on Monday, September 15.
He takes over from Charles Horton, who stepped down in June to become chief executive of the Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern franchise.
Mr Statham arrives at a critical time for the operator.
The company is in discussion with the Department for Transport over a contract extension until 2018.
Also a Passenger Focus survey this month revealed Southeastern was the only rail company nationally to fall in negative territory when commuters were asked whether they trusted a train company’s judgment.
Mr Statham said: “I’m delighted to be joining the team at Southeastern at such a critical time and am looking forward to building on the firm foundations laid by the current management team.”
Mr Statham’s former employers First Capital Connect lost the Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern franchise – now run by outgoing Southeastern boss Charles Horton – to Southeastern’s owners the Govia railway company, who take over its running on September 14.
Govia is itself owned by the GoAhead Group (65%) and French company Keolis (35%).
Go-Ahead Group chief executive David Brown said: “I’m very pleased that after a comprehensive selection process David Statham will be joining the GoAhead 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.”
Southeastern is negotiating a contract extension with the Government until 2018.
Southeastern serves 179 stations and carries around 600,000 passengers on more than 2,000 train journeys each weekday.
Owners Govia also run South- ern, London Midland and the soon-to-launch Govia Thameslink Railway, headed by former Southeastern MD Mr Horton, which will become the largest rail franchise in the UK in terms of passenger numbers, trains, revenue and staff.
The new Southeastern managing director David Statham
Locate in Kent chief executive Paul Wookey