Trainline, the leading independent rail and coach platform, has appointed Martin Sheehan, to the newly created role of Chief Corporate Affairs Officer. Sheehan joins from Portland, the leading strategic communications consultancy where he helped guide the growth of the company over the last 13 years as International Managing Director, before moving to a Senior Advisor role.
Sheehan is responsible for Trainline’s Government Affairs, Industry Relations and Communications functions, in all of the company’s key markets across Europe. Sheehan joins the Executive Team and reports directly into Trainline CEO, Jody Ford.
As Trainline continues to support its rail industry partners in the UK and across Europe with strong pandemic recovery, fast growth in passenger numbers beyond this, and modal shift to help governments meet emissions targets, Sheehan will play a key role in strengthening these partnerships.
He brings over 20 years’ experience in strategic communications. At Portland he advised a range of global brands, governments, philanthropic and foundation clients. For over 10 years in the UK government, he also advised Prime Ministers Blair and Brown in 10 Downing Street, where he was Head of Strategic Communications.
Jody Ford, Trainline CEO, comments:
“I’m thrilled to welcome Martin to Trainline and to our Exec Team. Martin brings with him impressive experience in the world of corporate affairs, and I know he’s going to ensure our industry and government partners, across the UK and the Continent, continue to feel supported by Trainline as we work together to get more people onto trains and out of cars and planes.”
On joining Trainline, Sheehan comments:
“I’m delighted to join Trainline as it builds the world’s No1 rail platform. This is a great British tech success and the opportunity to help our customers choose digitally first, greener travel is an exciting one. “