Spotlight on Marta Leszczynska

Spotlight on Marta Leszczynska, Training and Recruitment Manager

The Women in Bus and Coach “Spotlight On” initiative shines a light on the incredible contributions of women in all roles across the bus, coach, and community transport sector. From professional drivers and engineers to human resources experts and CEO’s, ‘Spotlight On’ will highlight the diverse talents and achievements of women in this dynamic industry.

Today we focus on and find out about:

Marta Leszczynska
Training and Recruitment Manager
Transport UK London Bus

What is your role?

Training and Recruitment Manager

How did you get to where you are today?

I started as a trainee bus driver and progressed over the years through various positions including allocator, staff manager, a secondment to the schedules department and many more.
I was very recently appointed as Training and Recruitment manager and prior to this I held the position of Operations Manager for 8 years across various depots with the last 3 years spent overseeing two depots. This new role is another challenge for me and further development of my career.

I am not afraid to take on any task put in front of me and always strive to deliver superior results and I believe that the various roles and locations I’ve worked in across Transport UK has given me the best opportunities for my own development as a People Manager.

Did you experience any challenges getting to where you are today?

I experienced many challenges throughout the years. I was misunderstood by many people and as a female I was not accepted as a Manager straight away by some colleagues in some depots.

If so, how did you overcome then?

This did not stop me and instead spurred me to work harder at my communication. I also always show my good heart and never treat my coworkers without respect. I had to change my style of communication and sometimes stop and think a bit longer on how to approach some situations.

What do you like about the sector?

I always say that no two days are ever the same. I work with people, and we cannot predict all scenarios which life throws at us. My favourite saying is ‘we have colourful lives as every minute is different and can teach us new things as we go along.’

What does a typical day look like?

For a few months I have been in the training department, and I have a lot of interaction with new employees and drivers’ trainers. The days are always enjoyable and it’s a pleasure to welcome new members of our Transport UK family and help them gain the skills they will need to carry them through their career with us.

What advice would you give to women thinking about a career in the bus and coach sector?

This is an interesting industry if you like collaborating with people and seeing many places, come and join us.

What has been your bus or coach sector career highlight?

I have been in the industry for over 17 years. There are no limits, and we work with many characters which can develop us as a better person and a community. I love interaction with so many colleagues.

What three things could the Bus and Coach sector do to improve the industry for Women?

One important thing is the accessible toilets for local bus drivers. And being more flexible for single parents.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?

Still with my beloved Transport UK as Training and Recruitment Manager.

Anything else you would like to share?

I would love to see more employees taking part in simple wellbeing challenges and create stronger community.

Thank you for sharing your story, Marta, you are truly an inspiration!

To find out more about who Marta works for, and career opportunities visit: Abellio London | Abellio London.

Transport UK London Bus are founder corporate members of Women in Bus and Coach.


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