HE HAS helped keep buses running smoothly all of his working life.
And now Dave Foot, from Bridgemary, has been recognised for all his efforts.
Dave, 47, is one of just five nominees for an Engineer of the Year title at this year’s UK Bus Awards.
Dave, who is First Solent’s engineering manager, said he was thrilled about the nomination.
He said: ‘It’s a massive honour to be nominated, and I was very surprised about it as well.
‘I have a real passion for what we do.
‘Getting those vehicles out and providing a good service is what keeps me motivated.’
Dave is in charge of the daily maintenance of a fleet comprising 167 vehicles, two bus depots in Fareham and Hilsea, and three bus stations.
He followed his grandfather’s footsteps into the business, having started his career at the Fareham depot 30 years ago as an apprentice fitter.
Dave said: ‘I started off as an apprentice and worked my way up.’
He said the team he worked with made the job a pleasure.
‘I’ve got 60 members of staff in total, and although I’m up for the award they’re very much a part of our success.
‘The engineers, the cleaning and the admin staff all play an important role.
‘They’re a really good team and they make it enjoyable.’
First Solent general manager Dervla McKay said the nomination was well deserved
She said: ‘Dave is one of the unsung heroes of our business.
‘Though by character he is quiet and unassuming, the impact he has made on our business cannot be underestimated.
‘His dedication ensures the 100-plus buses across Portsmouth and Fareham/Gosport go out in top working order on a daily basis.
‘He deserves this very special recognition for his contribution towards making the business a success.’
Dave will go to a UK Bus Awards ceremony in London on November 24 to find out if he has won.