27 Jun 2016
A long-serving Stagecoach Yorkshire employee joined transport leaders and workers from across the UK at a ceremony at 10 Downing Street where the Prime Minister celebrated the industry’s ‘heroes and heroines’.
Sue Hayes, who has worked for Stagecoach Yorkshire for more than 40 years and became Operations Director in 2007, was one of a number of specially invited guests to join Prime Minister David Cameron at the reception event, held to celebrate the industry’s efforts to ‘keep Britain moving’.
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin highlighted the important work conducted by the transport sector, while the Prime Minister praised the guests for their dedication.
One of the Barnsley area’s best known businesswomen, Sue said: “It was wonderful to be singled out and invited to the event. To walk down that famous street that you’re so used to seeing on the television while representing my company and my industry was an honour.
“The Prime Minister called us heroes and heroines and said he wanted to thank us for all the hard work we do, day in day out.
“I was really pleased to be able to promote our industry, and the bus sector in particular, as I do believe it’s one where women can join and really flourish. I started off as an engineering clerk back when there weren’t many women in our industry.
“That has changed a lot over the years - women have increasingly taken up positions across Stagecoach, including behind the wheel as well as in management roles, and I think it’s a great industry for women to be a part of.”
Sue joined what was then Yorkshire Traction in 1973, working in engineering, recording vehicle information. She went on to gain career-building experience in other sections of the company, before achieving qualifications in Transport Management.
She was appointed assistant manager of the Barnsley depot in 1989, became manager of all Yorkshire Traction’s depots in 2001, and, after Stagecoach Yorkshire took over the company in 2005, took on responsibility for the Sheffield and Chesterfield depots as well.
Sue added: “As a result of meeting new people and networking at the event, I have been able to invite representatives from the Department of Transport to meet with the Stagecoach team and find out more about how we are promoting our industry to the female workforce and to share any best practice we have.”