Meet the Management Team at Johnsons Coach Travel.
Helping out from an early age, John has us in stitches with stories of hours spent filling up coaches with the old hand fuel pump and how he became a dab hand at furniture removals. Joining the managerial team in 1978, he's spent over 35 years at the helm with his brother, Peter.
Nowadays, John is the company's Commercial Director, the head honcho of marketing and sales; he loves looking after our customers and always works with a 'big grin guarantee'! Outside of work, John's transport preference is for 2 wheels; he bikes to work, he helps develop young bike racers at Stratford Cycle Club and can often be seen peddling off on mountainous adventures with his wife, Anne.
Mechanic by trade, paper boy by nature, Peter began his professional life as a HGV mechanic. After growing up in the family business, it was an easy transition from HGVs back to coaches and buses, where he joined John on the managerial team in 1979.
Peter oversees all aspects of operations at Johnsons, ensuring the highest levels of fleet safety, presentation and punctuality, amongst many other things. When he's not working, he enjoys nothing more than crafting recycled wood into benches, toy boxes and chicken hutches, and helping out on his wife, Kate's farm.
Director / Company Secretary
Mother of John and Peter, Joan has been involved in the business for 60 years or more and was one of the very few female coach drivers in the 1970s. She is still the heart and soul of Johnsons and still works as a courier on our holidays – a role she has enjoyed for 35 years now. There are not many places that Joan hasn’t seen on her travels and one of her personal favourites is the Isles of Scilly.
PA to the Directors
Perhaps the most cheerful person in the whole company (and the world?), Steph is the go to person and is involved in all aspects of the company.
Joining the company in July 2012, Steph undertakes a variety of administrative, clerical and managerial tasks on behalf of the directors, arranging their diaries and acting as first point of call for any queries.
One of our longest serving member of staff and top juggling artist, she carefully balances the needs of the traffic, engineering, and driving teams.
One of our longest serving members of staff Tony is the compliance manager using his experience and knowledge to make sure we operate legally and safely. He also ensures the driving teams deliver the service our customers expect. Tony was also the creator and presenter of the driver training schemes that have set a precedent in the coach industry.
Our behind the scenes man, pulling the strings to make sure that drivers, vehicles and site are ship-shape and squeaky clean. Simon manages a team of 14 cleaners that work hard throughout the night to ensure our vehicles are all fuelled and prepared for the next day.
Craig came to Johnsons as a Bus driver after years of experience of teaching people to drive cars, a few years later, in 2010, he transfered his knowledge and experience to look after all aspects of driver training and recruitment for our coach and bus drivers.
The king of the mechanics who keep all of the fleet fit, healthy and ready to do nothing less than a top notch job!
Maintenance Stores Manager
Peter is new to our management team and joins us with a wealth of Parts knowledge which he will use to ensure we have the right parts at the right time and keep our fleet mobile.
Our money man; keeping tight tabs on Johnsons' accounts and helping grow the business from strength to strength.
Coach Hire Team Manager
Gary has a long involvement in the coaching industry and has been with Johnsons since 1997. He has a wealth of knowledge of the UK and Europe developed via many years of tour work. He has enthusiasm for travel, history, architecture and the arts which made a career at Johnsons ideal. He has a real passion for the company and strives really hard to make sure every one of our customers is totally satisfied and has all their expectations surpassed.
Own Products Manager
Barry and his team create the Johnsons brochures and works hard to discover new itineraries to delight our customers with year after year. Barry recently (2013) joined us from Bowens and has over 35 years of experience in creating holidays and is well known in the coach holiday industry. We are delighted to have Barry on Board!
Group Tours Manager
Jo is one of our longest standing members and has worked in the travel industry since the age of 17. Jo works in the dedicated Group Tours section of Johnsons and can tailor make complete packages together for incoming tours, day excursions as well as UK and Continenetal tours.
Agency Sales & Business Development Manager
Known in the travel industry for many years, Wendy now lends her experience to Johnsons, looking after our travel agencies and constantly looking out for new business opportunities. She heads up our Loyalty Club too and there probably isn't a job in Johnsons that she wouldn't try her hand at!
In charge of making the phone ring and making sure all our products and services are communicated correctly. Kate is responsible for bringing fresh ideas along with the drive and determination to help move the business forward within our key market areas.
Fourth generation Richard Johnson, joined the company as a cleaner and then went on to learn how to drive a coach and bus. Before long he was on the Coach Tours team and gaining experience on the road. In 2014 he moved to the workshop for a short period before joining our sister company, Whittles Coaches over in Kidderminster.
Fourth generation Emma Johnson is the lady to call when you need advice on where to book your holiday. Emma is now into her third year with the company and looks after her team of reservation asssitants.
Fourth generation Sarah Day, nee Johnson, heads up the Special Projects Department, looking for new and innovative ways to make the business grow.
She began her career at Johnsons in late 2011 in the reservations team, she then gained some operational experience during the 2012 Olympics and then moved into marketing. Into her fourth year now she looks forward to bringing in new technology to support the company.