Former Apprentice appointed into senior Nexus role

Stuart Clarke, who started at Nexus in 1997 as an apprentice electrician, has recently been appointed into the role of Metro Infrastructure Director. In this role he will head up all the maintenance and modernisation work on the 77km Tyne and Wear Metro network.

Over the past 22 years, Stuart has taken on a number of roles at Nexus and was most recently Head of Renewals, looking after the Metro: all change modernisation programme. He has also gained a degree in engineering and a mater’s degree in project management.

Stuart 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. Nexus as an employer has played such a huge part in where I’ve got to today. The organisation’s commitment to training and development is second to none. I’m looking forward to seeing more of our apprentices making their mark in the years to come.”

Martin Kearney, Chief Operating Officer at Nexus, commented: “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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