International Women's Day - Friday 8th March
89 days ago
We are marking International Women’s Day - Friday 8 March - by celebrating the work and careers of some of our rising stars.
We are proud of its diverse workforce, and actively encourage women to build successful careers within the transport industry.
“In the past, our industry has been largely dominated by men, but that is fast changing, as we look to recruit the very best talent - and gender just doesn’t come into that decision process,” said Go South Coast managing director, Andrew Wickham.
“Those wishing to join our team can choose from a wide range of roles - from driver to marketing or engineering - and each offers its own mix of challenges and rewards.”
In Poole, our assistant operations manager, Bella Tyroll, has worked with Go South Coast for almost three years. “I began my time within the bus industry in June 2016, where I was initially employed as a graduate management trainee,” she said. “During this time, I gained my Category D driving licence, and rotated through a number of different business functions.
“I felt especially drawn to the operations side of the business and, after about a year, I was appointed assistant operations manager of our National Express division.
“This involved managing a team of 50 drivers, monitoring three different services, and a substantial amount of stakeholder engagement. Since being appointed in this role, I have also worked as assistant operations manager for Morebus, in order to increase my exposure to the business - and build my skills and experience.
“I joined the industry because I love working with people. I really enjoy the variety - and I have a passion for contributing to the delivery of our excellent services.
“This is an excellent and varied career, and I would recommend it to any woman who has similar interests. It’s about being the right person for the job, and gender doesn’t even come into it.”
Morebus head of communications, Nikki Honer, has worked within the bus industry for 30 years. Her career began as a mileage and revenue clerk, and she quickly progressed to becoming a director’s secretary, fleet administrator, executive assistant, and then marketing manager and commercial manager, before taking up her current role.
“My aim in life has always been to work hard for things I like, and to be successful,” she said. “To have a job working with people who are passionate about what they do and to be able to make a difference to the organisation I work in drives me in my career.
“I joined a bus company in the 1980s, when I was very much a girl in a boy’s world. Things have changed greatly in the years since - although the bus industry is still very much dominated by men. I’d love to see that change because it’s a wonderful business to be working in. I know Go South Coast, in particular, actively encourages women to join its ranks.”
Sara Davenport, joined Morebus in 1997 as a travel shop clerk. Her later roles include cashier, telephonist, and admin officer - overseeing her previous teams - in various locations across the region. In 2011, Sara was promoted to customer service supervisor and was involved in the introduction of Morebus’ smart card. And, in 2015, she took the reigns as customer service manager.
“I’ve always enjoyed the variety of work on offer here at Morebus,” she said. “It’s great to be able to work with colleagues across the business - both office-based and those in our engineering teams and behind the wheels of our buses - to help make travelling with us a great experience. I don’t think it matters which gender you are, it’s your suitability and attitude to the job that counts.”
Bella, Nikki and Sara work alongside female colleagues in a range of areas at Morebus - including driving, customer services, accounts, graphic design, marketing, administration, health and safety and social media.
Improving gender balance has been established as a key priority across morebus. Making sure equality is at the heart of our organisational culture is a key part of our action plan.
We had a fun photoshoot with some of our female colleagues who help our business strive daily.