Arriva UK Bus Celebrates Engineering Success

Award winners

Arriva UK Bus met to celebrate and recognise the achievement of its dedicated engineering teams at its annual Engineering Conference this month.

Apprentices, engineers, graduates, managers, directors from across the business gathered together at the Knorr-Bremse Rail Systems premises in Wiltshire, to both discuss Arriva’s wider engineering strategy for 2015, and reward the individuals and teams who have delivered excellence during 2014.

The delegation heard from a number of keynote speakers, including Hugh Rimmer, DVSA’s  Head of Operations-Vehicle Testing, Enforcement & Licensing, Neil O’Leary of Zeta Automotive; and Roger O’Loughlin from Society of Operation Engineers. The topics covered the work of the industry enforcement agency DVSA, the technology behind the Econospeed device fitted to some of our buses to make them safer, more economical and environmentally friendly, and a career journey Q&A with Ian Tarran UK Bus Engineering Director and Martyn Walsh, a graduating apprentice and Assistant Engineering Manager from the Bootle depot.

Presentations were made to 11 graduating apprentices and to seven engineering managers for their outstanding achievements, while Anthony Lowe from the Castleford depot was named as ‘Engineering Manager of the Year’, and Daniel Gardner from the Aylesbury depot was given the accolade of ‘Apprentice of the Year’.

Ian Tarran Engineering Director at Arriva UK Bus, commented: “Arriva’s engineering teams are at the heart of what we do as a business and play a pivotal role in our continuing success. As such, it is paramount that we remain committed to our engineer’s personal and professional development, by engaging them with the bigger picture at events like this, as well as rewarding the success of those who have strived for excellence.

“As an engineer Anthony Lowe, epitomises what we look for in all of our engineers. He realises the importance of working in conjunction with operations in order to deliver the best results, supporting all the functions across the business and has a clear passion to do things differently.

“Daniel Gardner, meanwhile, showcases exactly why we put such an emphasis on bringing young people into the business through apprenticeship schemes. His skills are second to none and the fact that he is now the only electrician at a depot with a fleet of 64, despite being only half way through his apprenticeship, shows the confidence that the company has in his skills. Both of these gentlemen set a benchmark for professionalism in our industry and are a credit to Arriva.”

The award for engineer of the year was presented by Patricia Cobbold OEM Account Manager at Allison Transmisson, and the apprentice of the year presented by John Dwight Sales Manager at Imperial Engineering.