This Award is designed to recognise, reward and inspire management talent in the engineering disciplines of the UK bus industry. The award is promoted with the assistance of the Institute of Road Transport Engineers.
Winner 2013: Simon Carlisle (First West Yorkshire - Leeds)
Simon started as an apprentice fitter and has worked his way up through a variety of engineering roles to a management position. Although described as “relatively quiet and unassuming”, he is able to communicate effectively at all levels and the values he espouses have won him widespread respect. While his current role is high level management, his grass roots knowledge has not been forgotten and this builds trust and confidence in the teams he manages.
Runner Up: Martin Dixon (Abellio London & Surrey - Twickenham)
Martin is an Engineering Supervisor at Twickenham depot and has faced a number of stern challenges in trying to raise standards in all areas of his remit. His employer says “he demonstrates exceptional commitment and a great work ethic.” His army background has proved useful in terms of man management and he is committed to improving the skills and motivation of his team. His efforts reduced lost mileage by 41% in just one year, while creating a better working environment for his staff.
Highly Commended: Jason Dixon (Arriva Yorkshire - Dewsbury)
Currently based in Dewsbury, Jason is highly regarded by his peers at Arriva Yorkshire for his first-class engineering skills and dedication to his role. A strong leader, Jason is committed to maintaining his own professional development, as well as developing the skills of his team. His contribution has been recognised by an award at Arriva Group level and now as a finalist at the UK Bus Awards.
Who could be nominated?
This Award was open to all people employed at or above the supervisory grade in the engineering function of bus operating, maintenance or manufacturing companies or organisations for a continuous period of not less than 12 months at 31 May 2012.
… and by whom?
We welcomed nominations from all eligible organisations, both of their own employees and of outstanding engineers with whom they work in partnership or as stakeholders. Self-nomination was not appropriate for this category.
Criteria and Entry Requirements
The judges based their decision on a short-list of finalists selected on the quality of the submissions made by the nominating organisation. Short-listed entrants were then required to make a presentation to the judges and be interviewed by them.
Nominating organisations were required to demonstrate that the nominees have shown excellence in management and leadership and that this has been recognised by them.
Nominees had to be able to demonstrate:
- An ability to manage complex tasks, people, processes and the environment in which their organisation operates
- Effective communication skills with both staff and colleagues
- A commitment to mentoring or other leadership activities
- Demonstrable ability to perform to a budget and to deliver measurable outputs and other outputs, which could include:
- Specified vehicle availability targets
- Specified PSV test targets
Short-listed finalists were required to make a 10-minute presentation either:
- on the role of their function in their organisation or wider industry, or
- on a subject of their own choosing relevant to engineering in the bus industry
And to answer questions from the judging panel (also 10 minutes).