UKBA spotlights ‘Talent for the Future’

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An interactive “Talent for the Future” workshop is to feature at the UK Bus Awards (UKBA) conference on September 14.

The workshop will be facilitated by transport consultant Richard Armitage and will feature panel of:

  • Darren Roe, engineering director for Stagecoach London, who won Engineer of the Year at last year’s UKBA;
  • Lorna Murphy, operations manager for Abellio London – last year’s Young Manager of the Year and;
  • Nick Richardson from Mott MacDonald representing CILT.

“The workshop session is designed to look at how we recruit, train, motivate and retain young talented staff in the industry at all levels – driver, engineering, administrative and management,” Chris Cheek, director of the UKBA told CBW. “Whilst in many ways the jobs are very different, there are also many common strands – particularly as regards the recruitment motivation and training of talented customer-focused people at all levels of the industry.”

Commenting on the news, Lorna told CBW: “I am really pleased to be involved because the future of the industry is clearly important to how we deliver and how we motivate our staff.”

The 2011 Annual Conference is the UKBA’s eighth annual seminar on the delivery of high quality bus services.
“We shall once more providing fascinating insights into the different challenges of running services,” said the UKBA. “And as in previous years, we’re adding even more value, with a technical visit to the award-winning bus infrastructure project and a social occasion providing an excellent networking opportunity.
The conference gets under way on Wednesday September 14 with a tour of the some of the key features of the public transport infrastructure in Nottingham, officially Britain’s least car-dependent city, and named Transport Authority of the Year in 2011, for the second time.
This will be followed by the Talent for the Future session, a drinks reception and conference dinner, at which the guest speakers will be Ian Morgan and Melvyn Hopwood, from trentbarton.
On Thursday September 15, the conference sessions will provide insights from previous UKBA winners and finalists, including Mark Howarth of Western Greyhound, Go-Ahead’s Martin Dean and Andy Gibbons from Nottingham City Council. Leading exponents of innovation in fares and ticketing in the industry will also be speaking, including award finalists James Freeman from Reading Buses and Mike Woodhouse from Arriva.

The UKBA conference will take place on September 14 and 15 at Rutland Square Hotel, Nottingham. For more information, visit