New appointments to lead Private Hire department

Wednesday, June 20 2018

Go-Ahead Group owned Southern Vectis continues to invest in its people with the appointment of two new supervisors to oversee its school bus and private hire services on the Isle of Wight.

Responsible for managing the day-to-day operation of 50 vehicles, 50 drivers and 16 pupil escorts, the new team leaders take all bookings, as well as scheduling colleagues and vehicles.

Gemma Rowney started working for Southern Vectis in 2007 as a network bus driver. An Island resident all her life, she previously worked in an administrative role in hotels, and also as a wedding planner. She acted as mentor to new network drivers at Southern Vectis before being seconded to schools, driving special needs children. In 2017, Gemma was appointed as private hire administrator.

“I’m delighted to be continuing my career here at Southern Vectis, and looking forward to working with this dedicated and excellent team of drivers as we continue to improve our offering here,” she said.

Mykel Blakey has worked with Southern Vectis since 2014 as a network bus driver. Having moved from her native Alnwick in Northumberland, she previously worked as a supervisor in both retail and food businesses, as well as running her own furniture restoration business. She has also acted as mentor to new Southern Vectis network drivers.

“My time as a Southern Vectis driver and mentor has set me up perfectly for this opportunity,” said Mykel. “And I’m relishing the chance to use my supervisory and organisational skills in this new role - ensuring our customers receive the best possible service across the island.”

Richard Tyldsley, Southern Vectis general manager, added: “These are two excellent appointments - and I’m delighted we have been able to promote Gemma and Mykel from within our own team here. They are both fully-equipped with all the skills and experience needed to enhance our services still further. I wish them the very best in their new roles.”


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