Engineer of the Year

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.

The Winner

Russell Cato from Arriva the ShiresRussell Cato, Arriva the Shires

Russell Cato joined Arriva the Shires as an apprentice at the age of 18 and within 6 years of finishing his apprenticeship he became Engineering Manager of Aylesbury depot. Russell has shown great enthusiasm for his role, works extremely closely with the operations side of the business and has encouraged a great team atmosphere. He even owns the first bus he ever worked on - that's dedication for you!

Runner Up

John Trubshaw from Arriva MidlandsJohn Trubshaw, Arriva Midlands

John is the Engineering Manager for Shrewsbury depot. A passionate, dedicated engineer with relentless enthusiasm for his role, he continues to look for new challenges, embracing new technology and always searching for continual improvement in depot performance. His contribution to Shrewsbury is demonstrated by improved engineering standards, better team working and a smooth move into a new depot.

Highly Commended

Mike Butt from Stagecoach WestMike Butt, Stagecoach West

Mike is a totally professional, dedicated, hard-working and successful engineer who has worked his way up the ranks from an engineering apprentice to Engineering Manager of Stagecoach West's largest depot. He shows great passion and transferred from a well-run, profitable depot to one in decline as he was confident he could turn it around. It has been slow and steady progress rather than instant results, but his hard work is now beginning to pay off.

Cliff Ward, Arriva the ShiresCliff Ward, Arriva the Shires

Cliff has been a bus engineer for over 30 years, starting as an apprentice in 1978 he has worked his way up through the ranks holding several management positions in the company. In April 2011 he moved to the Milton Keynes depot and, in a city designed for the car, Cliff has overcome some challenging times. Over the years, Cliff has mentored many young apprentices who have gone onto develop careers in management with Arriva and other bus companies.

Andrew Wilson from First ManchesterAndrew Wilson, First Manchester

Andy leads by example. He sets the highest standards in terms of safe and efficient working and encourages all his team, especially younger engineers learning their trade, to follow this example. He is a consummate professional and played a pivotal role in the design and organisation of First's new £6million depot in Lockett Road, Wigan which opened in autumn 2011.



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).

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