Lea Harrison has been announced as the new General Manager from Edinburgh Trams replacing Tom Norris who left the position earlier this year. Mr Harrison is one of three appointments to senior transport roles in Edinburgh with George Lowder MBE named new Transport for Edinburgh Chief Executive and Richard Hall the new Managing Director at Lothian Buses.
Mr Harrison started his career as a Driver in the Royal Corps of Transport where he was for eight years and progressed to the rank of Corporal. He then left the Army for civilian life and started off at Manchester Metrolink in 1991 where he was a driver. Since then he has progressed and ended up at Metrolink as Head of Contract Delivery. Since 2011 he spearheaded delivery of the major expansion of Nottingham Express Transit and is currently the Head of Service Delivery with Tramlink Nottingham with responsibility for partnership working with the operating company and Nottingham City Council.
Commenting on the appointment Charles Monheim, Chair of Edinburgh Trams and Transport for Edinburgh Board member, said: “Lea comes to Edinburgh Trams with a wealth of operational experience in the industry that stretches right back to his days as a tram driver. His work with the Nottingham tram stands him in good stead to come to Edinburgh to build on foundations laid over the last 18 months of service. The trams have become an established and valued part of city life and will remain a crucial part of the long-term transport vision for the city. Working with sister company Lothian Buses as part of Transport for Edinburgh, Lea will lead and inspire our team to even more success.”