After dedicating over a decade of exemplary service to Ealing Community Transport (ECT), top driver Paul Hurley is set to retire at the end of April.
Paul has worked for ECT for 11 years, and is a shining example of how ECT’s staff are at the heart of the organisation. ECT is currently recruiting for new drivers – and is keen to hear from people like Paul who want a part-time rewarding role that can make a difference to people’s lives and offer a great variety of experiences.
“The work you do is really rewarding – I get a real buzz out of making someone’s day,” said Paul. “You get to meet some lovely people along the way and go to some amazing places – this job has taken me from prisons to Buckingham Palace!”
He continued: ”My favourite thing about ECT is the variety of the work that you do, and the support that is given to the staff. It’s the whole package – they really look after you. They make sure that you have suitable training and provide backup support and advice to all drivers. You are not just simply given the keys and told to get on with it,” he said.
Paul previously worked at Hammersmith Hospital as a health care assistant on the renal unit. Prior to that, he spent 31 years working as an outdoor broadcasts technician for the BBC.
Daniel Shepherd, General Manager at ECT, said Paul possessed all the characteristics of an exemplary driver and team member. “If we ever have any VIPs visiting us, it’s Paul who we put on the job ¬– he is flexible, conscientious, professional and extremely good at his job. Paul is the best brand ambassador you could ask for – his attitude and the caring way that he conducts himself is exemplary,” he said.
Paul has big plans for his ‘retired’ life. He plans to return to ECT for particular trips and special occasions, he recently signed up to an annual membership with Middlesex Country Cricket Club, and he wants to get back into another great sporting passion – playing golf.
More than anything, Paul is most excited about the chance to travel. “There are still lots of places that I have not seen – it will be nice to have someone else behind the wheel!” he says.
Anna Whitty, Chief Executive of ECT, said: “Paul has always been a favourite with our passengers and he will be missed by us all.” She added: “If anyone wishes to make a difference in their community as a potential volunteer for ECT, we would like to hear from them.”
ECT Charity recently retained the nationally-accredited Investors in People Standard for its development, support and motivation of staff, with the report highlighting how much staff enjoy working for the charity. The organisation is currently recruiting for new drivers, and would love to hear from anyone interested. Previous minibus experience is not necessary as full training will be provided. For more information on the role, click here or call 020 8813 3210.
ECT Charity will be participating at a Jobs Fair in conjunction with Catalyst Gateway on Wednesday 30th April. This event is open to all job seekers looking for work, training and advice in the West London area.