Kerrie scoops top industry award

7 months ago Fri 22nd Nov 2019

Kerrie Grant our Unilink Assistant Operations Manager has scooped a top accolade in the highly-regarded UK Bus Awards.

Kerrie, who oversees the bus operator’s services in Southampton on behalf of the University of Southampton, has been named in the top two young bus managers in the country.

“We’re thrilled Kerrie has received this prestigious silver award - it’s thoroughly deserved,” said Bluestar general manager, Richard Tyldesley. “At Bluestar, we run Unilink services for the University of Southampton, and it is important we do an excellent job for those who travel with us here - whether they are students or among the city’s wider community.

“Kerrie was an easy choice to take the reins of our Unilink services - and I think we have been proved right. Being named among the top two best young bus managers in the country is a real honour - and I have no doubt Kerrie will be pushing to go one better next time around.”

Responsible for the day-to-day running of the business and service standards across the city, Kerrie joined Unilink from sister company, Salisbury Reds. Before that, she had stints across the UK - including Manchester, Glasgow and Stirling.

“I’m delighted to receive this award, for doing a job that I really love,” added Kerrie. “I would like to see more women within the bus industry - whether as drivers, managers or engineers. It’s hugely rewarding, and there are so many opportunities to build a successful career.

“Our parent company, Go-Ahead Group, offers a two-year graduate management programme, designed  to support and develop people across different streams of the business. It’s well worth a look for anyone thinking of a challenging but exciting career within this vibrant industry.”  The current scheme is open for applications until 1 December 2019 and all the details can be found here.

The UK Bus Awards scheme was founded in 1996. It was designed to develop further the Bus Good Practice Awards - which were set up by the Association of Metropolitan Authorities in 1991.