Since the start of the new year, the team at Intuitive has been very busy indeed. We’ve been getting out and about, mixing with transport industry leaders, and keeping our ears close to the ground for the latest developments.

There’s no doubt that the rail, bus and coach sectors are hugely exciting places to be right now, with some amazing opportunities for talented leaders to make their mark – although, of course, we would say that! Here’s more about what the Intuitive team have been up to over the last few months.

 

 

George Bradshaw Address 2024

I was among those in attendance at this year’s George Bradshaw Address on February 20th. With a general election expected later this year, rail minister Huw Merriman delivered a keynote speech at the event, as did shadow rail minister Stephen Morgan.

Both keynote speakers concurred that there was a pressing need for reform in the rail industry, and the event coincided with the publication of the new draft Rail Reform Bill by the Department for Transport. Labour, meanwhile, is proposing to take the rail system into government ownership as existing contracts expire, with a new overarching public body to run the network.
An informed audience of industry insiders subjected both speakers to some perceptive and challenging questions. There was relatively little detail from either, however, about how UK rail might address its burgeoning skills shortage and recruitment crisis.

 

 

Southeastern Social Mobility Action Plan launch

Also in February, I attended the launch of Southeastern’s new Social Mobility Action Plan at the Houses of Parliament. Created in collaboration with the Purpose Coalition, the plan outlines Southeastern’s plans to promote social mobility across the area it serves.

Southeastern is the UK’s first rail operator to publish its own plan for boosting social mobility. The report outlines a range of measures to promote better support for mental health, neurodiversity and wellbeing, and new outreach initiatives in schools and colleges to drive recruitment.

Speakers at the event included Southeastern’s managing director Steve White, Chris Loder MP and Purpose Coalition chair Justine Greening, formerly Secretary of State for Transport.

 

 

Confederation of Passenger Transport annual conference

On January 18th, Caroline Wilson, our Head of Client Engagement, took a trip down to London for this year’s Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT) annual conference. The CPT, which represents bus and coach operators across the UK, is currently celebrating its 50th anniversary, and the conference was an interesting and highly topical event.

Evolving customer expectations were among the main topics of conversation at the CPT’s annual conference. With the bus and coach sector subject to tight budgetary constraints, attendees and speakers discussed how the industry might get true value for money from its investments.

Partnership was the word of the day, fostering closer collaboration to ensure that transport sector budgets are able to go that bit further. The bus and coach industry is crucial to keeping Britain moving – and though there is ample space for innovation, it was widely agreed that it is vital to get the basics right.

 

 

Port of Tyne site visit

On February 6th, Caroline visited the Port of Tyne, near Newcastle, with our Engagement Partner Mel Hodgson. One of the UK’s most innovative ports, the Port of Tyne has big plans for the near future – including becoming carbon neutral by 2030 and doubling the diversity of its workforce over the same period.

The visit provided a great opportunity to learn more about the port and its important role in the UK economy; for example, it holds 40% of the UK’s tea and is responsible for providing one-eighth of its electricity supply. Caroline will also be attending the UK Ports Conference in May.

 

 

Transdev York depot grand opening

On March 14th, Transdev opened its brand-new depot in York – and our colleague Caroline Wilson was among those in attendance for the grand opening. Leaders from across the transport industry and York itself were present to meet the Transdev team and explore this impressive new facility.

The new depot is designed with the environment in mind, offering state-of-the-art facilities as well as deriving its energy from solar power. It even has bat and bird boxes so that local wildlife can enjoy a safe and secure home on the site!

 

 

This is, of course, just a sample of what the Intuitive team has been doing in recent months. I took part in a host of other events – in January alone, for instance, I attended the Railway Industry Association Parliamentary reception, the official opening of the Kents Bank Railway Library in Cumbria alongside Lord Hendy of Richmond Hill and the Recruitment Network Conference.

I also joined Stephen Morgan for the Wolmar Transport Lunch on February 6th and attended the Rail Partners Parliamentary Reception for Freight with Huw Merriman. I also enjoyed a day on the iconic British Pullman with Nigel Harris, former managing editor of Rail magazine and co-host of the Green Signals podcast.

Keep up with the latest news from Intuitive – sign up for our monthly ‘It’s all go!’ newsletter today, and follow us on LinkedIn for regular updates. Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel too, and check out our archive of Intuitive Insights podcasts, hosted by myself.

WE would love to get to know you!

Please do give us a call, drop us a message or follow us on Twitter & Linkedin!

Related blogs

Success Stories - Martijn Gilbert
Read more Read more
Video: Success Stories – Martijn Gilbert

Our team works with a host of leading employers in the bus industry, placing dynamic leadership talent into executive level roles.

why rail needs interim leaders
Read more Read more
Why UK Rail Needs Interim Executives

There is growing demand for interim leaders in the UK rail sector – here are some of the main reasons why – and how you can get ahead.

why public transport is a great career choice
Read more Read more
Why You Should Consider a Career in Public Transport

We explore several of the most important reasons why you should consider a leadership-level career in public transport.

Read more Read more
What UK Rail can do for Social Mobility

What should UK rail be doing to support those from underrepresented and underprivileged backgrounds as they try to make their mark on the industry?

Read more Read more
Creating a Friendly Workplace Culture for Neurodivergent Individuals in UK Transport

Being neurodivergent-inclusive brings benefits both to employee wellbeing and your business. But how do you create a neurodivergent-friendly workplace?

Read more Read more
Seven Ways Interim Managers Could Boost Your Business

Recruiting interim candidates is a good way of bringing in specialist expertise, offering flexibility and a diverse breadth of experience as well as cost-effectiveness.

Unconscious bias against neurodiversity in recruitment
Read more Read more
Assessing Your Recruitment Process for Neurodiversity Bias

As with any other employee, new executives need support as they adjust to their new role so that they can perform to their full potential. But how long is long enough?

How long should executive onboarding last
Read more Read more
How Long Should Executive Onboarding Last?

As with any other employee, new executives need support as they adjust to their new role so that they can perform to their full potential. But how long is long enough?

Read more Read more
Key Challenges for the UK Bus and Coach Industry – and the Leadership it Needs

We take a close look at the biggest challenges facing the bus sector and how they might be addressed moving forward.

promoting yourself as an interim executive
Read more Read more
Promoting Yourself as an Interim

To be an effective interim executive, you need a particular skill set that equips you for the challenges you’re likely to encounter. Here’s what to develop – and to promote.

Considerations to make before committing to your next career move
Read more Read more
What You Need to Consider Before Making Your Next Career Move

Before committing a big career move, there’s a lot you need to think about. Here’s what you should consider before taking on a new role.

Read more Read more
Infographic: How Intuitive Made a Difference in 2023

We did so much in 2023, so we’ve created an infographic of some of our biggest achievements this year!

Executive job interview tips
Read more Read more
Tips for Acing Your Next Executive Job Interview

if you’re on the lookout for a new executive role – whether it’s your first job at this level or you already have some senior-level experience – hare some top tips to bear in mind.

bus industry diversity
Read more Read more
Driving Change in the UK Bus Industry: Why Diversity Matters

Taking a closer look at why it’s so vital that organisations in the bus and coach sector take diversity seriously and act accordingly.

Bus Sector
Read more Read more
Video: A Force for Change in the Bus Sector

Our team works with a host of leading employers in the bus industry, placing dynamic leadership talent into executive level roles.

ed&i in the UK bus sector
Read more Read more
ED&I In The UK Bus Industry: The Scale Of The Challenge

Buses have long been the site of struggles for civil rights and equality, and, for all its progress, the UK bus industry has a way to go.

executive onboarding blog
Read more Read more
How To Keep Executive Onboarding On Track

Between 50% and 70% of executives fail within 18 months of starting a new role. So what can be done to ensure executives thrive and prosper?

interview style pros and cons
Read more Read more
Conducting a Successful Interview: Pros and Cons of Different Interview Styles 

Recruiting for executive roles is never an easy business, but choosing the right interview format for the position and your organisation can make it easier.

executive onboarding
Read more Read more
New Candidate Expectations for Executive Onboarding

New senior-level recruits have very different needs from their colleagues. Here’s how to ensure your executive onboarding process works.

The UK rail skills shortage 2023
Read more Read more
Infographic: The UK Rail Skills Shortage

Our infographic lays bare the scale of the skills shortage in UK rail, its effects on the industry, and how recruiters can help to address the skills gap.

impact statement
Read more Read more
Our Impact Statement

Through our commitment to ED&I, we’ve spent the last decade working to make transport more diverse – and more reflective of the public it serves.

Read more Read more
Growing Senior Transport Roles to Consider in Recruitment Plans

We detail the growing c-suite positions you should account for in your recruitment strategies or may want to pursue as a leadership candidate.

Read more Read more
Knowing if and When Interim Leadership Is Right for You

For many senior professionals, interim management is the most rewarding career path imaginable – but contract work isn’t for everyone.

Read more Read more
CV Rules and Best Practices for Senior Leaders

How you can take your CV from a tell-all list to a marketing tool that increases your chance of securing an interview.

Read more Read more
Video: Nina Reflects on 10 Years of Intuitive

Founder and Director Nina Lockwood reflects on the last ten years of Intuitive and shares her thoughts on recruitment and the transport industry.

Celebrating ten years of Intuitive Recruitment
Read more Read more
Video: Ten Years of Intuitive

Intuitive’s first decade has been magical. Here are the highlights, from bringing new faces into the sector to hosting a hit podcast and winning Executive Recruitment Agency of the Year.

Intuitive 2022 Year in Review
Read more Read more
Video: Our 2022 Wrap Up

2022 has certainly been a fantastic year for Intuitive. So to celebrate, we’ve packed our highlights into a short wrap-up video.

Read more Read more
Infographic: Sector Switching – How to Figure out the Right Fit?

Could a different sector be a better fit for your career priorities and progression goals? This 7-step plan can help you decide.

Read more Read more
Get what you need from Interviews Without being Script-Bound

We share six steps for developing an interview approach that gets what you need from leadership candidate interviews, without relying on a script.

Read more Read more
Adapting Your Interview Style: Part 2 – In-Person Interviews

In-person interviews are far more fluid than they used to be – especially for senior leaders. Here are four ways to adapt your interview style for senior leadership positions.

Read more Read more
Adapting Your Interview Style: Part 1 – Video

As video interviews have grown, so have expectations of how candidates use virtual tools. Here’s how to adapt your interview style for virtual spaces.

Read more Read more
Making LinkedIn an Irreplaceable Career Progression Tool

We share our tried-and-true seven-step strategy for making LinkedIn an irreplaceable tool in your career progression journey.

Read more Read more
Hallmarks of Ads that Attract the Strongest Candidates

Discover four fundamental features of senior leadership job adverts that attract the strongest Transport candidates.

Read more Read more
Building an Employer Value Proposition That Evolves with Candidate Expectations

While you can’t predict what’s to come, adjusting your strategic approach with an evolving EVP can ensure it always delivers what matters.

Read more Read more
Faster Career Progression by Embracing Positive Thinking

A positive attitude can be a real divider when it comes to professional success and can improve confidence, relationships and the speed at which you achieve your goals.

Read more Read more
Building a Personal Brand That’s Instantly Memorable

How do you curate a personal brand that’s true to you but still has career progression prowess?

Read more Read more
How To Have Authentic Conversations With Candidates

Authentic conversations help uncover the real person behind an impressive CV, and are paramount to matching the right candidate with the right enterprise.

Read more Read more
Weighing Up A New Role: Three Questions To Ask

We share three fantastic questions that every transport leadership candidate should ask during the interview process. Revealing answers are guaranteed!

Read more Read more
Intuitive proudly announce our CPT membership

Intuitive will be teaming up with the CPT to connect bus and coach organisations with exceptional leadership professionals.

leadership potential
Read more Read more
Ways to Identify Leadership Potential Outside Your Sector

How can your transport organisation tap into cross-sectoral talent and identify leadership potential? We explore strategies for finding talent and 5 specific characteristics to look for.

transport sector
Read more Read more
How Transport Can Be a Successful Force for Change

Why connecting with clients with candidates from outside of the transport sector is important and how it can benefit your organisation. We share 4 interesting advantages.

Read more Read more
Reverse Mentoring: Why it’s Important to the Transport Sector

Reverse mentoring empowers less senior, younger, or more unconventional employees to share their knowledge and experience with more senior, conventional, and oftentimes older colleagues.

Read more Read more
How to Challenge Unconscious Bias in the Recruitment Process

Unconscious bias has been associated with career challenges for those from diverse backgrounds, and when left unchecked, can affect workplace inclusivity.

Read more Read more
Why Your EVP will Turn the Tide on Recruitment Challenges

Putting your employer value proposition at the heart of your recruitment strategy can set you up for long and short term success.

Read more Read more
4 Ways to Have a Positive Mindset in Your Role

In the workplace and as a leader, a positive mindset is important not just for job satisfaction, but for being effective and driving change.

Read more Read more
Unveiling the 90 Day Accelerator Programme

Nina and Founder and Director of Metisblue Laurent Bouvier introduce the exclusive and focused 90 Day Accelerator Programme.

Blog Title Card: Nina on Inspirational Women in Recruitment
Read more Read more
Hear Nina on the Inspirational Women in Recruitment Podcast

Nina recently featured on the Inspirational Women in Recruitment podcast, revealing her approach to attracting and engaging talent and more.

Skills for the transport sector
Read more Read more
How to Match Transport Candidates Beyond the Job Description

Whether recruiting as an internal team or with a Talent Consultancy, our tips can help you match high-level roles with the best in transport.

Blog Title Card: In-Demand Skills for Transport
Read more Read more
5 Key Transferable and Desirable Skills for the Transport Sector

Discover the top five in-demand transferable skills relevant to high-level roles in the transport sector, based on feedback from our clients.