International Men's Day 2022

2 weeks ago Wed 16th Nov 2022

International Men's Day 2022

Saturday 19th November 2022 marks International Men’s Day, an opportunity to celebrate the contribution of men all over the world to society.

It is important to acknowledge the importance of men’s mental health and the implications that this can have on their wellbeing. According to recent statistics, as of 2022, 12.5% of men in the UK suffer from mental health issues. With many factors contributing to this statistic, it is crucial to ensure that men’s mental health is valued.

A positive working environment can have a huge impact on men’s mental health. Did you know that a bus driver is one of the most thanked and appreciated occupations in the UK? Pleasantries with customers and serving the community has proved to have a positive impact on the mental health and wellbeing of bus drivers across the UK.

At Cardiff Bus, we believe in equality and diversity, and we have great, hard-working men in our Cardiff Bus team that reflect the success of the company for over 120 years. With over 700 employees, Cardiff Bus is fortunate to have a dedicated and committed team that aid the leading bus operator in the Welsh capital.

It is important to celebrate the achievements of these marvellous men, so we are going to share an insight into the roles and responsibilities of five of our team members at Cardiff Bus and their significance to our company.

If you would like to join our inspirational team, check out our current vacancies.

 

Paul, Managing Director

  1. What is your position at Cardiff Bus and what attracted you to the role?

Managing Director of Cardiff Bus. I was attracted by learning a new industry sector in a city/country that I grew up in, but had not worked in. Also, the challenges of turning around the fortunes of long-established institution of the city.

  1. What is your favourite part of the job?

Seeing the Company slowly improve in many different areas, culturally, physically, customer service, teamwork – as long as it is moving forward then I am happy.

  1. What does a typical day in work look like for you?

It is quite varied, but mainly working with the rest of the leadership team and touching base with employees, customers, and stakeholders.

  1. Are there any male leaders who inspire you or have done in the past?

I have had the good fortune to work for and with some inspirational people, most have similar traits, they motivate people to do their absolute best, go beyond the norms and enjoy success delivered within a team environment, this I have been lucky enough to experience in both a business and sporting environment.

 

Godfrey, Head of Operations

  1. What is your position at Cardiff Bus and what attracted you to the role?

Head of Operations. I was attracted by the opportunity to learn something new and operate in a deregulated market that was different to what I was used to. It was an opportunity to grow.

  1. What is your favourite part of the job?

Engagement with colleagues. Staff engagement has improved significantly since I started particularly between managers and drivers. Working with happy people is the best part of the job.

  1. What does a typical day in work look like for you?

My typical day involves a lot of interaction with people and co-ordinating various activities. I usually start with the Supervisor teams to get an understanding of how the service is shaping up for the day (buses, drivers etc.). That’s usually followed up by regular comms with the Ops Management team throughout the day + reading and writing reports alongside various scheduled and unscheduled meetings and discussions with different stakeholders including drivers to SLT.

  1. Are there any male leaders who inspire you or have done so in the past?

Although I don’t have 1 specific role model, I look up to people who succeeded under challenging circumstances. People like Tidjane Thiam and Carlos Ghosn inspire a feeling that nothing is impossible if you are committed to it. 

 

Tony, Bus Driver

  1. What is your position at Cardiff Bus and what attracted you to the role?

I’m a driver now but I have held a number of roles within Cardiff Bus.  I began as a driver, then became a driving instructor before joining the supervisor team.  I decided to return to driving in the lead up to my retirement and I help with mentoring and training new drivers. I’ve been at Cardiff Bus for almost 38 years. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do as I’ve always been interested in buses and I enjoy interacting with others.

  1. What is your favourite part of the job?

I enjoy driving as well as seeing and interacting with customers.  We have some of the best customers and you get to recognise familiar faces.

  1. What does a typical day in work look like for you?

I drive different routes every day, so I sign on, find out which bus I’ll be driving, and which route I’ll be on. I can be on up to 2-3 different routes a day, so no two days are the same. During my breaks I go into coffee shops for tea and toast.

  1. Are there any male leaders who inspire you or have done so in the past?

I have made some good friends in the army who I admire, and they got me through some tough times with their support.

 

Austin, Engineering Apprentice

  1. What is your position at Cardiff Bus and what attracted you to the role?

I am an apprentice at Cardiff bus, I was attracted to the role as I enjoy handy work and this seemed like a great opportunity for me.

  1. What is your favourite part of the job?

I like getting stuck into a big job and getting my hands dirty.

  1. What does a typical day in work look like for you?

On a typical day I am paired up with a technician and shown how to carry out various tasks and repairs on vehicles.

  1. Are there any male leaders who inspire you or have done so in the past?

Not so much a leader, but Guy Martin is a hero of mine. He’s a mechanic that is involved with all sorts. He loves his job, works hard, and enjoys life anyway he can.

 

Shane, Infrastructure Assistant

  1. What is your position at Cardiff Bus and what attracted you to the role?

I first started as a driver 28 years ago. I was attracted to the role by a government course which I went on and it made me interested in the role.  I'm now the Infrastructure Assistant and I am responsible for keeping information at bus stops up-to-date and producing the flags that you see at stops.

  1. What is your favourite part of the job?

Every day is different, I’m doing a variety of things and I travel to different parts of Cardiff and the Vale so no two days are the same.  I enjoy working with others and once a month I visit the Guide Dogs and assist with their training. 

  1. What does a typical day in work look like for you?

I do different things every day, so a typical day is never the same.  I normally start my day in the office and print off timetables or produce flags, then I hop in my van and put them up.  We deal with a lot of diversions due to roadworks, so part of my role includes adding information notices to stops to inform customers of planned changes.

  1. Are there any male leaders who inspire you or have done so in the past?

My colleague Gareth Stevens, the Commercial Director, inspires me with his hard work and dedication to the role.

 

Happy International Men’s Day!