The RailStaff Awards 2017

London  Midland.

Train Driver of the Year

Sponsored by: London Midland.

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Do you know someone who has who tremendous dedication, shown incredible bravery, or maybe gone beyond normal duties to help colleagues or passengers?

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Example jobs under this category:-

Train Driver, Train Operator, Instructor Operator.

Last years Train Driver of the year wasSteve Copley from Southern Trains. 

"A 'commuter's hero', Steve lifts the spirits of grey-faced Londoners by hosting a guess the year quiz over the intercom to distract passengers from thier dull morning commute.  He has his own hashtag on Twitter, #timetunneltrain, and has driven changes in customer information within the business."

Do you work with someone who could match Steve’s passion? If so, we want to hear from you.

Here's how you nominate:

To nominate some one you believe deserves to win this award, first write down in rough what you most admire about the person: cheerfulness, positive thinking, companionship, a person who stands by his/her mates, a person who never misses a day at work, a newcomer who goes out of his or her way to learn and absorb the art of working on the railway. This will help clarify in your own mind why you are going ahead with the nomination. 

Next, write down a specific incident which typifies the qualities you know this person has.

Maybe it was a charity event they helped organise, a late night emergency work session put in to help out a colleague. It could be an act of bravery, rescuing a passenger from an incident; or assisting a foreigner or child who had become lost. Put in the approximate date and location.

This can all be done on the nomination page. Please click Nominate Now above to access this.

Finally discuss all this with your manager or director. He or she will need to be happy that the nomination can go forward. If as a manager you are proposing a member of staff do, please, make sure they are fully aware of what you are up to and that he or she agrees to be nominated.

Please make sure you submit a photo.

RailStaff will contact the person being nominated to check that they are happy to go into the final list being put forward to the judges.

At any stage of the process feel free to contact RailStaff. We can help with advice on how to draft a nomination.


And the winner is…

Colin Newton


Congratulations to the runners-up

David O'Connor


Chris Compton

Greater Abellio

The finalists…

David O'Connor


Colin Newton


John Zabernik

Virgin Trains East Coast

Bob Dunn

Virgin Trains

Kenny Hunter

Arriva Rail North - Northern

Steve Cokayne


James Bacon

Heathrow Express

Rob Cooney

Virgin Trains

Steve Hazell

C2C Rail

Charlotte Giudici

Great Northern

Alan Spring

Govia Thameslink

Bianca Rennie

Great Northern

Chris Compton

Greater Abellio