Over the coming weeks and months, we’re going to be taking a look behind-the-scenes at Lothian to meet some of the people who keep Edinburgh and the Lothians moving 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
The people you’ll meet in this series are just some of the individuals who together form Team Lothian, and make our company what it is. We Are Lothian.
Name: Shaun Kenny
Job Title: Dayshift Mechanic
Describe your role at Lothian in one sentence.
To help maintain the bus fleet.
How long have you worked for Lothian?
I’ve worked for Lothian for 19 years in all garages in the Engineering department, from fueller to chassis wash and mechanic.
“The people you meet and work with are like a second family.”
Favourite part of your job?
My favourite part of the job is being able to pass on my experience and knowledge to younger members of the team, like the apprentices.
Most memorable moment?
Being surprised by the team on my 40th birthday with cake and a present!
The last year has been difficult for everyone due to the ongoing pandemic. What’s been the biggest challenge you’ve had in your current role at Lothian?
Working through the pandemic with a depleted engineering squad and keeping buses on the road to assist key workers in still being able to get to their work.
The road through to recovery is going to require a serious team effort from everyone at Lothian however, and like all of us, I’m looking forward to getting in about it.
What’s a common misconception about your job?
It’s a challenge to get buses fixed and on the road to keep Edinburgh moving. There are thousands of parts on buses that can go wrong at any time. These need to be serviced regularly to operate efficiently.
Finally, what does working for Lothian mean to you?
Lothian has been a massive part of my working life, having been with the company for 19 years working in all garages within engineering. The people you meet and work with are like a second family, and you share good times and bad times together. It’s always good to get a night out, away from work, to relax and have a laugh together.