This Award is designed to recognise, reward and inspire management talent in the engineering disciplines of the UK bus industry.
Winner: John Bickerton
First UK Bus
John is an accomplished and professional engineer who has proven his ability to lead technology-enabled change across the entire business. As a project engineer, he managed FirstGroup's implementation of its award-winning DriveGreen programme.
FirstGroup told us, “His achievements to date have set a precedent for the bus industry, but what really sets him apart for others is his enthusiasm for engineering; he spends significant time outside work promoting both the Industry and his field to others.”
The judges greatly impressed by John's technical skills and knowledge, by his fluency and leadership work and by his passionate belief in the importance of education and training in the delivery of high quality bus services.
James Wood - First Manchester - Oldham, Greater Manchester
James has worked very hard since he joined First in 2005. He is reliable and commited to his career and he wants to progress through hard work and commitment. He is respected by all his colleagues at the Oldham depot. James is a role model for young people coming into our industry and shows what can be achieved with hard work and commitment.
Judges’ Overall Verdict
The judges were once again disappointed that more engineers were not nominated for this award, particularly as the evidence of the hard work that goes into keeping fleets in top condition is all around us.
Having said that, the lack of quantity was certainly made up in the quality of the nominees interviewed by the judges in London during August. In their different ways both John Bickerton and James Wood should offer inspiration to their colleagues for the future. Though they do different jobs, they share an impressive capacity for hard work and a dedication to top quality engineering.
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 2011.
… 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 will reach their decision on a short-list of finalists on the quality of the submissions made by the nominating organisation. Short-listed entrants will be 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 must 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
- Avoidance of roadside prohibitions or defect notices.
Short-listed finalists were also 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).