Stuart Clarke has secured the role of Metro Infrastructure Director at Nexus – a role which will see him head up all the maintenance and modernisation work on the 77km Tyne & Wear Metro network.

The former trainee joined Nexus in 1997 as an apprentice electrician. Since then, he has gained a degree in engineering and a master’s degree in project management. Now 41, he has finally been able to realise a long-held ambition to take on the responsibility of a senior management job.

He said: “It’s a great moment in my career and I’m very proud to have been appointed into the role.

“When I think back my time as an apprentice and all the hard work that I’ve put in over the years it is all now so worthwhile. This will hopefully show other apprentices at the start of their careers what it’s possible to achieve if they work hard enough.

 “I am really looking forward to the challenge. I’ll be taking a pro-active approach so that we can make improvements and get more reliability from Metro’s vital infrastructure, because that means fewer disruptions for our passengers.”

Chief operating officer Martin Kearney said: “I’m delighted to welcome Stuart into this very important role at Nexus.

“The management and maintenance of the Metro’s infrastructure is at the core of what we do, and I felt Stuart was the right person to take that forward.

“He has worked his way up through the business from the age of 18 when he joined us on an apprenticeship. It’s a great story and he’s great role model for young people who wants a career in the railway industry.”

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