We’ve recently bid a fond farewell to Kevin Murphy who has retired after an amazing near-half century of service. Kevin first started work as an apprentice and has since worked at a number of bus depots before ending his career as Engineering Manager.
Now the 63-year-old from Heanor is planning on spending more time on the golf course and playing with his grandchildren, but says he will miss his colleagues.
“Over the years I’ve worked with some fantastic people, and the company has given me plenty of opportunities to advance my career,” he said
“There have been lots of high points, including helping to build a breakdown truck from scratch, but in recent times I’ve found that nurturing the next generation of engineers has been one of the most rewarding aspects of the job.”
Back in 1965 Kevin went straight from Saint John Horton School in Ilkeston to his first job at Midland General, which became part of trentbarton six years later. This was not the only change he has witnessed over a 48-year career.
“The buses have changed dramatically; they are much more comfortable and reliable, and computers have started to play a much bigger role in keeping them on the road,” he explained.
Kevin himself has played a key role in the evolution of the buses, working closely with UK manufacturer Optare on the development of new vehicles.
Jeff Counsell, our Managing Director, commented: “For nearly 50 years Kevin has made a tremendous contribution to trentbarton and the wider bus industry.
“As well as expertly leading a dedicated team that keeps our services running, his knowledge and expertise is widely recognised and respected.
“This expertise will be missed, along with his friendly and approachable manner, but we wish him all the best in his well-earned retirement.”
Although he’s retired, Kevin will remain in touch with former colleagues as his wife Barbara still works for us as a maintenance administrator.