Karen Coventry

Commercial and Marketing Director, Stagecoach West

Karen joined the public transport  industry in 2001 as marketing manager for Stagecoach in Manchester. During her 10 years in the North, Karen was influential in growing the student Unirider brand in both Manchester and then on a national level, supporting the transition to web-based sales with coordinated national brand and marketing campaigns.

Staying with Stagecoach, Karen moved to Oxfordshire in 2013 and continued to support the customer retail transition to apps with the award-winning Oxford Tube 24-hour service.

Karen has been Commercial and Marketing Director at Stagecoach since 2019 and has led the Stagecoach Oxfordshire and West commercial teams through Covid recovery and a company merger.

In 2022 and into 2023, Karen’s time has been focused on resetting the bus network as an enabler for a sustainable future and engaging with seven local authorities through the Bus Service Enhancement discussions and emerging Enhanced Partnerships.

My Speaker Sessions

Thursday 08 June 2023


Overcoming challenges for bus operators through strong local authority partnerships

14:00 - 14:25 Public Transport
  • What are the challenges face by bus operators in a post-Covid world?
  • How does this differ over a range of local authorities and demographics?
  • How can working in partnership help overcome some of the challenges to open up possibilities for the future?