This award is designed to recognise, reward and inspire management talent in the engineering disciplines of the UK bus industry.
Winner: Mike Brinicombe
Mike is currently Fleet Engineer at Princess Road depot in Manchester, the largest in Stagecoach UK Bus. His fleet operates in one of the most demanding territories in the country.
The judges were impressed by his high standards, strong values, attention to detail, and the respect all of that engenders. Mike’s drive and enthusiasm are infectious. He has a focused passion for service delivery, and a clear commitment to the customer who, he says, “must always be safe in our hands”.
Mike's boss at Stagecoach. MD Mark Threapelton told the UKBA judges, "The difference between ordinary and extra-ordinary is so often just that little word "extra". With 37 years in the industry, with consistent year on year improvements, with a deep respect by the people who work with him and for him... and with a pride and passion for his people, his passengers and his profession, Mike Brinicombe is, without doubt, a very extra-ordinary Engineering Manager."
Runner Up: Phil Cummins
Phil Cummins maintains a fleet of 350 vehicles across five depots and manages 80 engineering personnel, together with company health and safety standards and property responsibilities.
With a reputation for creativity and innovation, Phil introduced a new initiative in 2008 called Engineering Excellence that saw savings of over £600,000 alongside improvements across a whole host of qualitative KPIs.
Alan Pratt, First Devon & Cornwall
Alan Pratt joined First Devon & Cornwall in 2006 as the engineering manager for North Devon. He has played an instrumental role in helping to turn the company round, significantly improving engineering and operational performance in North Devon.
Keith Ward, Reading Transport
To maintain Reading's fleet in a cost-effective manner ensuring thatthe company has a sufficiency of clean, well presented, reliable and safe vehicles for service.
A young fleet and branded routes meant engineering couldn't work under the ethos of 'this is how we've always done it'.
A new leader with technical brilliance - Keith Ward aged 71!
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 2009.
… 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 permitted for this category.
Criteria and Entry Requirements
The judges reached their decision on a short-list of finalists on the quality of the submissions made by the nominating organisation, andshort-listed entrants are required to make a presentation to the judges and be interviewed by them.
Nominating organisations must be able to demonstrate that the nominees have shown excellence in management and leadership, and that this has been recognised by them.
Nominees needed 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
- Avoidance of roadside prohibitions or defect notices
Short-listed finalists were required to make a 10-minute PowerPoint presentation either:
- on the role of their function in their organisation or wider industry, or
- on a subject of their own choosing relevant to the transport industry
And to answer questions from the judging panel (also 10 minutes).