Charlie's career is in top gear
A young coach professional has got his career in top gear after being appointed the youngest station manager in the UK.
Now, twenty-three-year old Charlie Hatcher who grew up in Martlesham in Suffolk has been put forward for a UK Coach Award – regarded as the Oscars of the transport industry - by National Express.
Since joining the UK’s largest coach company in 2013 as a graduate trainee, Charlie, who graduated with a degree in Business Management from the University of Sheffield, has had a meteoric rise after being appointed to manage National Express’ operations at London’s Victoria Coach Station.
It is believed Charlie is the youngest coach station manager in the country and his role sees him responsible for a team of 47 staff and overseeing the seven million arrivals and departures operated by National Express at the station every year.
Now, Charlie will go head-to-head with the cream of the transport industry for a chance to be recognised as the industry’s young transport professional of the year.
Heather McDonald, National Express UK Coach Head of Coach Stations said: "At National Express we recognise and reward talent regardless of age. Charlie quickly impressed us with his excellent communications skills, ability to manage multiple and complicated projects and his tireless work ethic – he is simply outstanding."
Charlie said: "National Express has given me great support and opportunities since day one. I’m so proud to work for the company and play a part in helping people travel all over the UK and into Europe. To be part of developing the busiest station in Europe in co-operation with TfL is an exciting challenge with no two days the same – I feel I’ve matured ten years in ten months and look forward to continuing development.”
The UK Coach Awards take place in Manchester on 24 April. National Express is also up for gongs in safety, marketing and overall operation.