Steve Lowe is taking over as chief executive of Tramlink Nottingham Limited, which holds the contract to operate and develop the city’s growing light rail network.
Lowe joined the organisation as commercial director last December. Phil Hewitt (left), the current chief executive, becomes Tramlink’s executive chairman.
Steve Lowe began his career with Raleigh, where he became marketing director, and then spent 11 years in marketing, buying and e-commerce roles with retailer Halfords, culminating in a position as head of trading.
He moved to become director of marketing at Screwfix, part of Kingfisher, the global DIY goods retailing group, where he spent two years before joining Tramlink.
Brought up in Chilwell – one of the areas to be served by the NET Phase Two project – Steve was educated locally and gained an MBA at the Nottingham Business School.
With the testing and commissioning of the tram system’s extension to Clifton and Chilwell now intensifying, the organisation is gearing up for the launch of passenger services this summer.
Hewitt paid tribute to Tramlink’s outgoing chairman, Roger Harrison, who enjoyed a long international career in public transport.
‘Roger will be a hard act to follow because of his knowledge, particularly of light rail systems around the world, and his leadership style. Although he has decided to step down as chairman, fortunately we’ll not be losing his input entirely because he will remain as an advisor to Tramlink until the launch phase is complete.’