If there is one thing that I have learned in my long and not very illustrious career in the Bus industry, it is this. As a people industry, you need to like people and be happy to engage with them. Further more if you really want to get on in this world then the more people that you know then the greater the chances of success. The bus industry is no different from any other, networking and knowing people are crucial, many is the job appointment sealed by word of mouth and recommendation from other peers.

I have seen it time and time again where good talent is identified early and then targeted, and why not. As someone who ran a recruitment consultancy that is exactly how you identify the right candidates, do the legwork, get them the job, then get a reward for your efforts. Simple concept but as old as time itself, therefore you need to know who is who, who is new, who is good, and frankly, who is not. Therefore being engaged in networking is an absolute must. For me, I have an extensive web of contacts, groups, and organisations that I make it my business to be an active part of. If you do not make the effort then how on earth are you going to know anything.

Therfore along with many others I remain deeply indebted to those pioneers who had the vision and energy to start the Young Bus Managers Network back in the day. So, hats off to Jemes freeman, Roger French, Ray Stenning, and others who kicked off proceedings back in 2008. I have watched it grow to become an twice yearly event that attracts in excess of 100 plus delegates as well as excellent and highly respected industry leaders. However, more importantly it gives these guys a chance to meet and interacts with their peers, this is where strong friendships and bonds are forged, and rightly so. It is no different for my generation, those of us who met as young management trainees are still friends after all these years.

The calibre of speakers is excellent and having been myself to three of these events, it is truly inspiring to witness the passion and enthusiasm of these young people. What I also like is their confidence and courage to question convention. Unlike my generation which was taught to be seen and not heard when it came to senior management, today, there is no such convention, and praise the Lord for that. I will continue to be an avid supporter of this excellent organisation and I would like to leave you with one last bit of advice that I have found to be true in my career. Always be nice to those on the way up, as you can be sure that you will meet them on the way back down again. Life is a game of snakes and ladders, or maybe as Forrest Gump said a box of chocolates, and you never know what you will get next. Onward and Upwards.

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