MERSEYRAIL has appointed a new commercial director.

Former head of marketing and CSR with Merseyrail, Suzanne Grant led the team responsible for revenue growth and producing the award-winning Wirral Track Renewal information campaign.

She will now oversee several departments including stations, revenue protection and marketing.

Following the announcement of her appointment, effective from July 9, Suzanne said: “This is such an exciting time to be at Merseyrail.

"I’m proud to have been involved in helping move the business forward over the past few years to become a nationally recognised provider of high quality service.

"The most important thing within Merseyrail are our customers and I’m passionate about making sure that more than ever we put them at the heart of what we do as a business.

"I’m looking forward to taking on this new role and to building on the success of the past few years.”

Suzanne will focus on delivering a 'positive passenger experience' and optimising revenue streams for the business.

Andy Heath, managing director at Merseyrail said: “I’m really pleased to announce the appointment of Suzanne as our new commercial director.

"Suzanne has been part of our management team since 2012 when she joined Merseyrail in the role of Marketing Manager.

"As a business we are keen to identify and nurture talent internally and, as in the case of Suzanne, offer progression opportunities for employees who demonstrate the aptitude, commitment and ambition.

"With Suzanne’s appointment 50% of Merseyrail’s board of directors are now female which again is testament to our strong focus and commitment to diversity.

"I am confident that Suzanne will be a success in her new role and I know that all of my directors will join me in welcoming her on to the board.”