Stagecoach Manchester’s MD Elisabeth Tasker has been named among the top 50 Northern Power Women
The announcement was made at the first Northern Power Women awards in Manchester, Tuesday, 7 March.
Northern Power Women is a collaborative campaign to accelerate gender diversity from the North of England. They aim to create opportunities for business and individuals to engage, learn and promote their achievements as campaign champions and advocates.
Elisabeth Tasker, who recently took on the role of Stagecoach Manchester Managing Director was included as a result of her success over 30 years within the transport industry which is traditionally a largely male-dominated industry. She joined Stagecoach in 2000 as Operations Director with Stagecoach Manchester before being appointed Managing Director of Stagecoach Merseyside and South Lancashire in 2011, a position she held until November 2016.
She said: “I’m delighted and quite humbled to be named as a Northern Power Woman. It’s certainly not something I ever expected but was a lovely surprise. I enjoy what I do and I hope that this will help shine a light on the important role that women can and should play within the bus industry in the future.
“More than 250,000 jobs are supported, directly and indirectly, through the UK bus industry so there are many opportunities out there for both men and women to have a successful and rewarding career in the transport sector. However, over 90% of people in the bus industry are male and I look forward to seeing that change in the years to come as more women realise what the bus industry can offer them and what they can offer the industry.”