Created in 2020 to recognise those among Team Transdev who truly went the extra mile in a challenging year, the Transdev Honours are awarded to a single champion from each of our operating centres across Yorkshire and Lancashire.
Nominations come from every depot and department in our organisation – and from customers as well as our own colleagues. The competition to win is always fierce – and with every nomination deserving of becoming a winner, the task of selecting those to receive a coveted Transdev Honour is a tough one.
As well as a Champion from each depot, there’s a special company-wide Honour and awards for our Colleagues’ and Customers’ Champions – alongside a Community Champion to allow us to recognise deserving people in the places we serve.
We’d like you to meet our most recent winners!
Idle’s Champion – Petr Barsc
Driver Petr dealt incredibly well with an unfortunate incident earlier in the year during which he was hurt – but he ‘kept calm and carried on’, remaining there for us and for our customers with a strong will to continue his work.
York & Malton’s Champion – Phil Akers
Engineer Phil is one of the hardest workers we have, often – like our other engineers – hidden behind the scenes. This year he’s done more than his fair share switching between locations to keep our York and Malton depots on the move.
Harrogate’s Champion – Sharon Broadbent
Sharon is one of our school bus drivers and worked through lockdown earlier in the year, even driving an extended route to collect all key workers’ children needing to go into schools. Sharon had the choice to stay off work, but really wanted to carry on.
Customers’ Champion – Gavin Green
His customers say he’s friendly, smiling and they look forward to getting on his bus. Keighley’s Gavin Green is the Customers’ Champion for outstanding service and rave reviews from so many of his regulars who were keen to see his efforts recognised.
Blazefield’s Champion – Glenn Dearden
Glenn is our Standards Engineer and has worked tirelessly in the background this year – organising buses during the depths of the crisis earlier in the year, and more recently inspecting and preparing all our new Witchway and Cityzap buses for service.
Colleagues’ Champion – Imtiaz Gire
Staffing Manager Imtiaz received a huge number of nominations from the team in Blackburn, and rightly so. It’s been a difficult year for Imtiaz, with family member and one of our own drivers Mohamed passing away, but he’s worked harder than many to help keep things running smoothly.
Burnley’s Champion – Gary Bailey
Driver Gary is a long-serving colleague who quietly gets on with the job, and is hugely popular with his customers and colleagues alike. He’s really been there for us – recently, and ever since he started with us back in 1989.
Keighley’s Champion – Barry Nichol
Its’s been a challenging year for Duty Manager Barry, with wife Sue having been in intensive care with covid-19, but he’s shown total commitment throughout. We appreciate everything Barry has done for the team, the company and for his customers.
Community Champion – Alan Taylor
Blackburn-based fundraiser Alan works for Blackburn with Darwen Council as a street cleaner. Alongside that job, Alan is well-known locally for spending his weekends cleaning and maintaining the graves of soldiers who have no family to do so for them. This year Alan has helped to raise over £3300 for the Blackburn Market Poppy Appeal.
Blackburn’s Champion – Graham Coleman
Described as ‘like gold dust’ by his engineering manager Carl, Graham quietly takes his hand to any task required of him – cleaning, organising, collecting parts and keeping our Intack Depot in tip-top condition.
Rosso’s Champion – Paul Crabtree
Driver Paul leapt into action to help a customer who had collapsed on the bus, administering CPR whilst medical help was on the way. He acted like a real professional, under pressure and with kindness towards someone who truly needed help.