|Young Passenger Transport Professional of the Year|
What is the award for?
This award is designed to recognise and reward young recruits or relatively recent entrants to a career in passenger transport management, but who have been in the industry a sufficient time for them to be able to demonstrate their talents and show signs of fulfilling their promise.
The Judges' Verdicts
The judges were very impressed indeed by the quality and range of entries for this year's Young Passenger Transport Professional Award. All the candidates showed a high degree of ability and personal commitment and the judges felt that the future of the industry is likely to be in very safe hands.
The judges were very impressed indeed with Scott Dunn's track record and personal commitment – both to the businesses for which he works, but also to his own personal development, which led him to achieve both a first degree and then an MBA on a part-time basis. His work in turning round the operations that parent company Rotala acquired in 2008 from Go-Ahead Group is very impressive indeed – testified by the fact that his nomination for the award came from Centro, the West Midlands PTE.
Martijn Gilbert's work in setting up and delivering Arriva's procurement and operation of rail replacement and train crew services for the company's two rail franchises showed a high degree of organisational ability, leadership and personal commitment – a major contribution which the judges considered well worthy of recognition.
With a background in market research, Kerry Whiteside joined Arriva in 2003 and now, as Head of Customer Services, acts as the customer champion within the group. Her work on developing and implementing customer and later employee satisfaction research impressed the judges greatly. Her work is represents a major contribution to improving our understanding of customer needs and aspirations.
Kim Purcell only joined the industry in August 2006, but has already demonstrated a high degree of commitment and ability in her work as a graduate trainee, as a deputy depot manager and now as depot manager at Stockton. The judges were particularly impressed by her commitment to team work and employee relations.
Who could be nominated?
This award was open to all managers under the age of 35 who:
... and by whom?
Nominations for this award can come from the nominee’s employer, or another organisation with whom he or she regularly works. In both cases, evidence of the nominee’s consent to their nomination is essential.
Criteria and Entry Requirements
The judges will reach their decision on the quality of the written submissions made by the nominating organisation and by the nominees themselves. Short-listed entrants will be required to make a presentation to the judges and be interviewed by them.
Nominating organisations must be able to demonstrate that the nominees have shown excellence in management and leadership, and that this has been recognised by them.
Nominees must be able to demonstrate:
As part of the entry, entrants will be required to submit a paper of not more than 2,000 words describing their own current functions, achievements and problems. Short-listed finalists will be required to make a 15-minute PowerPoint presentation on the role of their organisation in the community and the wider transport market, and to answer questions from the judging panel (also 15 minutes).
Terms of Entry
In order to qualify, the nominee is required to:
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