VOLVO BUS AUSTRALIA ‘FAMILY’ CELEBRATES MILESTONES

By: Fabian Cotter, Photography by: courtesy Volvo Bus Australia


FATHER AND SON duo David and Stuart Woodward are collectively celebrating 40 years with Volvo Bus Australia this year, with the ‘veterans’ reaching 25- and 15-year milestones, respectively.

VOLVO BUS AUSTRALIA ‘FAMILY’ CELEBRATES MILESTONES
“We are very fortunate to have had David [pictured R] and Stuart supporting the Volvo Bus Australia team throughout the years,” said David Mead, acting general manager Volvo Bus Australia.

The 2020 career milestones for the stalwart Woodward pair highlights the integral support to the Volvo Bus Australia team they’ve provided and their nurturing of vital relationships with customers and industry stakeholders, the company confirms.

Commencing his time with Volvo Bus Australia in April, 1995, David Woodward joined the team as Zone Service manager NSW, servicing NSW and NT customers. He later assumed the role of Regional Service manager for the Sydney metro area, where he serviced a large number of customers across city, school, charter and coach operations, before moving into the newly created role of National Competency manager in March this year, Volvo Bus states.

Overall, Woodward Snr. has 44 years of experience in the bus and coach industry since landing his first industry job as an apprentice mechanic in 1976. Since then he has developed outstanding skills in his field and has become regarded as a technical guru in the industry, Volvo explains.

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LIKE FATHER, LIKE…

Passion and dedication to the bus and coach industry clearly runs in the Woodward family as David’s son, Stuart, followed in his father’s footsteps and began his career with Volvo Bus Australia a decade later in 2005, Volvo Bus confirms.

Having been immersed in the industry and the close-knit bus and coach community since he was a child - where he attended various bus shows and events – Woodward Jnr. has had a passion for buses and coaches for as long as he can remember, he says.

Stuart began his career with Volvo Bus Australia as an apprentice heavy diesel technician and later transitioned to Service Advisor with Volvo Commercial Vehicles Sydney. He spent seven years as Contract and Technical Support manager for Volvo Bus in WA, and moved into his current role as Regional Sales manager for NSW in July, 2019.

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VALUABLE ASSETS

Both David and Stuart’s extensive industry experience, exceptional customer relationship skills and high level of respect from the industry make them valuable assets to Volvo Bus and its customers, the company states.

"We are very fortunate to have had David and Stuart supporting the Volvo Bus Australia team throughout the years," said David Mead, acting general manager Volvo Bus Australia.

"Not only have they provided invaluable service to our customers, but they are truly passionate about the bus and coach industry in Australia.

"Their career milestones are a testament to their unwavering dedication to the organisation and we are very grateful to have them playing such key roles within the Volvo Bus team," stated Mead.

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ABOUT VOLVO

Volvo Buses is one of the world’s leading bus manufacturers with a strong focus on vehicles and systems for long-term sustainable public transport, it states.

The product range includes complete transport solutions, city buses, intercity buses and tourist coaches, as well as services in financing, vehicle servicing, vehicle diagnostics and traffic information, it explains.

Volvo Buses is part of Volvo Group, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of trucks, buses and construction machines, as well as drive systems for marine and industrial applications, it confirms.

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