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UK’s best calls on women to drive buses

Our reigning UK Top National Bus Driver Karen Miles has called on more women to get on board with a career in the bus and coach industry.

Karen, is only the second ever female winner of the UK bus industry’s premier driving award in its 26-year history.

Driving our red arrow service between Nottingham and Derby is a dream job said Karen: “I love my driving job. I get to meet so many different people every day and have a laugh with them.

I love the little conversations and how I start their day off right, taking them to work or to meet family and friends, and finish their trips right too.”

Karen, was crowned at the UK Bus and Coach Awards 2021 just months after receiving a Covid BEM (British Empire Medal) for her work during Covid-19.

She volunteered to work throughout the pandemic and took mental health training to support the wellbeing of her fellow drivers.

Karen said: “It was good to be able to help my fellow drivers. They know they can come and talk to me, and we can share what we have experienced.”

A bus driver for just seven years after joining us in 2015, Karen said more women should consider a career in public transport. The first ever female Top National Bus Driver was also one of our drivers, Carole Hind in 2015.

Karen said: “There are more and more women driving buses – and working in the other varied roles that keep us on the road. It’s a career with training and many benefits, plus you are part of a real team that works so well together.”

There are women working throughout trentbarton, including in marketing, customer service and senior management – half of our depot managers are women.

Sharon Bailey started with us as a bus driver in 1989 and went on to be an operations controller and then manager and is now head of operations for the whole company.

Sharon said: “My partner at the time, now my husband, worked for trentbarton and I suggested to him I could become a bus driver. The rest, as they say, is history. I fell in love with the job. For me, the job is not about buses it is about people.

We’re so pleased and proud to have Karen, Carole and our other female drivers – indeed, one in seven of our drivers are women.

And women are thriving in many other roles too, all of which are vital to keep our services running and our customers satisfied. The bus industry has many wonderful career opportunities for women at all stages of their working lives.”

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