Stagecoach Manchester’s Fleet Engineer, Jack Abbott, is celebrating today having been crowned Young Manager of the Year at the 2019 UK Bus Awards. The Stockport-based champion also took the silver award in the Engineer of the Year category to cap a memorable day.
As a third reason for celebration, Stagecoach Manchester took the bronze in the highly contested Top City Operator category, after impressing the judges by putting their customers, staff and local community at the centre of everything they do. They were also recognised for growing the number of people who travel with them by 2.5% in the last year, against a backdrop of national decline and investing in new services and routes.
The Young Manager of the Year Award, sponsored by Metroline, recognises talented individuals who demonstrate skills that will see them become future senior leaders in the industry.
Jack, who works from Stagecoach Manchester’s Stockport depot having recently been promoted from his role at Manchester’s Middleton depot, was recognised for demonstrating an ability to create a motivated high-performance team in order to continually improve the customer experience on Stagecoach services.
As part of his award-winning work, Jack’s improvements saw him introduce a recognition programme for engineers across the Stagecoach company earlier this year. The judges were equally impressed with his meteoric rise from the shop floor to depot manager within ten years - four of which were as an apprentice.
Playing testament to Jack following his win, managing director, Elisabeth Tasker, said: “We’re extremely proud of Jack for being crowned Young Manager of the Year, and for being recognised in the Engineer of the Year Category. His effort and high-performance levels have been recognised on the biggest stage in our industry, so we couldn’t be happier.
“As a business, we continue to motivate and uplift our staff every day, and Jack’s story is a prime example of where hard work and dedication can get you. We also had reason to celebrate a bronze in the Top City Operator Category and I’d like to place on record my thanks to the whole Stagecoach Manchester team for their ongoing effort to make sure our services continue to be improved for local people.”
Mark Yexley, Chairman of the UK Bus Awards, said: “It’s such a great achievement to take the gold in such a highly contested category, and then to take the silver in the Engineer of the Year is outstanding. All the judges praised his leadership style and I would like to congratulate Jack on behalf of everyone at the UK Bus Awards”
The silver award went to Kerrie Grant from Go South Coast Bluestar, and the Bronze to Adam Green from Arriva Kent and Surrey.
The Engineer of the Year Award, sponsored by IRTE, saw Stephen Stringer from Warrington’s Own Buses take the gold and Paul Slaney from Translink, Belfast take the bronze.