Arriva Yorkshire holds annual MAD awards

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Linda Moss receiving her ‘Ultimate Knight of the Road’ award from Colin Newbury, head of operations
Linda Moss receiving her ‘Ultimate Knight of the Road’ award from Colin Newbury, head of operations

Arriva Yorkshire celebrated its annual Made a Difference (MAD) Awards recently at Elland Road stadium, Leeds.

The ceremony honoured employees who have made a difference to the business, their colleagues and passengers.

Nigel Featham, managing director for Arriva Yorkshire, said: “We were overwhelmed with the record number of entries that we had this year, and what makes these awards special is that all nominations are made by colleagues. We are proud of everyone who was nominated, shortlisted and of course of those that won.”

The mayor of the City of Wakefield, cllr. Ros Lund, was in attendance and she presented Kevin Mitchell, a representative for Help for Heroes, with a cheque for £3,100. This was raised by a group of employees who walked the 254 bus route covering a total of 27 miles in September.

A raffle held on the night also raised over £1,000 for Help for Heroes.

Among the winners were: 

  • Employee of the year Alan Wood, Wakefield depot; 
  • Work Colleague of the year John Grayson, Heckmondwike depot; 
  • Engineer of the year shared by Kevin Pyne and Robin Hutton, Heckmondwike depot; 
  • Team of the year was awarded to the Dewsbury depot; 
  • Rita Kendrick won the lifetime achievement award.

More on the winners can be found here.