IRTE News

Awards seek to recognise quality engineering staff

24th Jan 2017

The 2017 UK Coach Awards will again be highlighting excellence and good practice amongst engineers in the UK coaching industry.

The award, promoted jointly with us here at SOE/IRTE, was first launched in 2014, and mirrors the same category in the UK Bus Awards, which has been running since 2009.

Chris Cheek, a director of the two schemes, said that the engineer awards highlighted the importance of good engineering to the safe and reliable operation of bus and coach services.

“Across the two schemes, we’ve been delighted to be able to recognise a wide variety of people from all grades - from engineering directors in the big groups, to up and coming managers or supervisors in much smaller companies.

“All our finalists have shown the same passion for quality, for bringing on youngsters and for innovation in all sorts of different ways,” he continued. “It’s a fascinating contest to judge.”

Nominations are now open – but hurry! The official closing date is 27 January, but IRTE members have until Friday 3 February to submit nominations.

Nominations for the equivalent UK Bus Awards competition will run from mid-March until early June.

As Chris says, “Please tell us about the great engineers helping your business!”

For more details, visit the special IRTE welcome page on the UKCA web site here.

Diverse winners: five Engineers of the Year

Mike Brinicombe (Stagecoach, Bus Awards)
Russell Cato (Arriva, Bus)
John Bickerton (now Reading Buses, Bus)
Richard Ball (National Express, Coach)
Kenny Walsh (Belle Vue, Coach)

Can you nominate a winner for 2017?

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