Being a patrol, you get a good sense of achievement by meeting and helping different people in all manner of situations but this tops it off.
(PRWeb UK) May 21, 2010
Motorsport fan Paul Leather from Weston-super-Mare is gearing up for a year in the spotlight after being crowned Patrol of the Year – the crème de la crème of the AA’s roadside patrols – at the recent AA Employee Awards.
In his new role, he will spend the next 12 months as the ‘public face’ of the company, representing the UK’s biggest motoring organisation within the motor industry and before the media.
The judging began in January with local managers nominating roadside patrols who were then interviewed and whittled down to a final five. In February, the finalists were put through an intensive day of technical and driving tests, panel interview and mock live TV interviews near the AA’s training centre in Leicestershire.
The 34-year-old, who is married with a daughter, was one of the AA’s youngest patrols when he joined aged 18 and follows in the family footsteps as both his father and grandfather were mechanics. Something of a petrolhead, when he’s not working on or driving his AC Cobra replica car, he loves following motorsport, especially rallying and classic car racing.
Paul says: “I am extremely pleased and humbled to be awarded Patrol of the Year and really look forward to the year ahead as an ambassador for the company. Being a patrol, you get a good sense of achievement by meeting and helping different people in all manner of situations but this tops it off.”
Steve Dewey, AA Road Operations Director, says: “All our patrols pride themselves on delivering excellent service, so to beat around 3,000 others is some achievement. Paul’s a long-serving and experienced patrol whose professionalism, performance and customer care at the roadside impressed the judges, so it’s great to be able to recognise this.”
In a double success for the South-west, the new AA Recovery Patrol of the Year is 51-year-old Alan Price from Bristol. Alan, and his fellow recovery patrols, rescue vehicles that can’t be fixed at the roadside in flat-bed recovery trucks and spend the longest time on the road with AA breakdown cover members.
NOTE TO EDITORS:
High-resolution photographs of Paul are available by calling the above number. He is also available for interview and days out with him on the road can be arranged, call 01256 492886.