Royal Automobile Club - 2020 Finalist

We are delighted to celebrate the news that our own Operations Director Janice Pitchforth has been selected as one of the three finalists in the Personality category in this year’s Royal Automobile Club Historic Awards, the annual celebration of the British historic motoring and motorsport world.

The criteria for this award is that an individual must have made an outstanding contribution to the world of historic motoring in Britain over the past 12 months. 

This prestigious award seeks to recognise any individual who has made a truly outstanding contribution to heritage, historic motoring or historic motorsport during the judging period. The winner can come from any part of the British historic motoring world - private enthusiast, club organiser or perhaps a specialist who has achieved something remarkable

The finalists in this category are: 

  • Daniel Geoghegan, Bicester Heritage 
  • Rev. Adam Gompertz 
  • Janice Pitchforth, Heritage Skills Academy 

Good luck to Daniel and ‘The Rev’ in the awards and we look forward to the announcement in January 2021.

From Royal Automobile Club Historic Awards website – Janice’s nomination in detail below.

Janice Pitchforth has been singularly instrumental in promoting and developing apprenticeships throughout the Heritage industry, as commenced by P&A Wood some years ago. It is a vital part of the work of the BHVC located at Bicester Heritage.

She has worked tirelessly to secure apprenticeship opportunities for people aged from their teens to their 50s. She has then gone a step further to engage with them to such a degree of success that she has been asked to open a second Southern centre for apprenticeship training at Brooklands Museum.

Janice's success with the Heritage Engineering Technical Apprenticeship programme has restored the faith of a disillusioned industry in the potential and commitment of a new generation of engineers.

When the motor industry is recording 90% fewer apprenticeship starts since last year, she has bucked the trend by matching 25 new employees with apprentices since the COVID lockdown in March. Janice’s work is ensuring the Heritage fleet will be supported by skilled, knowledgeable individuals for decades to come. She is also making a positive difference to human lives.


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