Leyland Trucks celebrates long-term employees at awards bash

Posted on - 19th January, 2022 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, Leyland, People, South Ribble News
Karen Sussams – 25 years of service

Leyland Trucks has recognised over 65 long-term workers with 2,295 years of service at a Park Hall Hotel awards bash.


The Leyland Trucks Long Service Awards celebrated over 65 employees, including four people who have worked for the firm for over 50 years and 38 people over 40 years.

The firm provided attendees with a gala event, including a drinks reception, private dinner, magician, saxophonist, DJ and a live band to thank them for their service and contributions to the business. 

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David Snape – 40 years of service

Among those recognised was Jon Tinsley, master production scheduling manager, who joined Leyland Trucks 25 years ago.

Jon said: “The Long Service Awards was a brilliant occasion – it felt really special.

“A lot of preparation had gone into it to make sure we all had a fantastic night. What’s always struck me about working here is that all the hard work put in by employees is reciprocated.

“You’re looked after and supported by everyone around you. We have shared values and a real sense of community.

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Jon Tinsley – 25 Years of Service

Tinsley said there are many disciplines required to do what they do, and any young person looking for a lifelong career would be able to find something to suit them at Leyland Trucks.

The scheduling manager praised the firm for encouraging workers to learn new skills and try new roles.

Tinsley said Leyland Trucks is one of the best employers in the area and offers much to people of any age looking for a new job.

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The tradition of celebrating long service within Leyland Trucks dates back to 1965 when Lord Stokes – one of the original chairmen of the business – delivered 1,500 gold watches to company employees over three days.

Since then, the firm has held the awards bi-annually.

Managing Director Brennan Gourdie hosted the evening alongside Phil Jones, operations director for Leyland Trucks.

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Karen Sussams, a senior engineer for vehicle software, also celebrated 25 years of service.

Sussams said: “Being recognised for a long service award makes you feel that your services, contribution and dedication to the company, and also to your colleagues, is greatly appreciated.

“The awards event was a great night that I thoroughly enjoyed. Working at Leyland Trucks has been very enjoyable, although challenging at times.

“But even during the hardest times, I’ve had the reassurance of a great team behind me. All colleagues are incredibly supportive, and I’ve made lifelong friends. I consider myself incredibly lucky to have had the opportunities Leyland Trucks has offered me.” 

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David Snape, supplier quality manager, was also celebrated at the Long Service Awards after being hired by Leyland Trucks 40 years ago.

He said: “It’s a privilege to be recognised by the company. Leyland Trucks is a unique facility with excellent people producing world-class, leading products, and I have always enjoyed working here.

“In times of adversity, the team always pulls together, and we have a great support network within the business. I didn’t envisage I’d be here for 40 years. But because there are so many different departments, there is always scope for change.

“I’ve had the chance to learn new skills and opportunities to develop myself, which means every day has been different.”

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Gourdie said the awards are a milestone the firm looks forward to, and they felt more special following recent Covid-19 events.

Gourdie said: “Working for Leyland Trucks is a career for life. We focus on employee wellbeing, provide tools for professional development and have designed an environment that drives collaboration, friendship and support.

“All of the employees recognised should be incredibly proud of themselves, and we’re grateful for the many years they have dedicated to the company.

“They’re integral to who we are, and they’ve shaped our business into what it is today.”

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