Adam Baker named 2018 DAF Trucks’ UK Technician of the Year

26-02-2018, DAF Trucks UK


  • Baker, from DAF Dealer, Chassis Cab, crowned top DAF Technician
  • Award for Baker follows DAF European Technician of the Year title in 2016
  • Culmination of tough series of tests at DAF Trucks in Thame
  • "He remains on course for perhaps another win at DAF’s European Technician of the Year, but, moreover, he is assured a highly successful career in the service and aftersales business.” Nigel Beckett, DAF Trucks Aftersales Director

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Left to right: Adam Baker with Neil Hayes (Engineering Manager, DAF Trucks)

Adam Baker from DAF Dealer, Chassis Cab in Bury St Edmonds, has landed DAF Trucks’ highly coveted 2018 UK Technician of the Year award at the company’s prize giving ceremony on 12th February at the Oxfordshire Golf & Country Club.

Earlier in the day, eight finalists were challenged to a series of tough practical and theoretical assessments – the culmination of the competition – at DAF Trucks’ training facility in Thame.

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For Baker, 33, it was another high-profile win following his impressive victory in 2016’s DAF European Technician of the Year competition when he won through against hundreds of Europe’s top DAF Technicians. His latest accolade saw him net the £1,500 first prize and the much-coveted DAF UK Technician of Year trophy. Baker also progresses once again to April’s DAF European Technician of the Year competition in Eindhoven. Prizes were also awarded for second and third, with recognition too, for five runners-up.

Recognised as an increasingly significant part of its Customer Support portfolio, the 2018 DAF UK Technician of the Year contest is one of the highlights of the DAF Trucks events calendar. The competition was open to DAF’s Master and Advanced Technicians, with submissions scrutinised from across the Network before a shortlist of eight finalists was drawn-up.

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“Our DAF Technicians form the backbone of our service offering,” said DAF Trucks Aftersales Director, Nigel Beckett, “a service offering that is recognised throughout the industry as the best in the business. To win through as the DAF Technician of the Year is a truly impressive feat,” he said, “and Adam, once again, has proved that he is an extremely talented technician, problem-solver and communicator.

“He remains on course for perhaps another win at DAF’s European Technician of the Year, but, moreover, he is assured a highly successful career in the service and aftersales business.” Beckett continued, “Our training courses offer an interesting, practical curriculum that empowers our DAF Technicians, inspiring them to self-improve under the DAF umbrella – and this is true of the wider DAF service and aftersales specialists throughout the DAF Dealer network.”

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Podium awards:
1st – Adam Baker – Chassis Cab, Ipswich
2nd – Matthew Burton – Ford & Slater, Spalding
3rd – Lee Walton – Ford & Slater, Wisbech

Runners-up:
Simon Holgate – Adams Morey, Southampton
Tony Smith – Ford & Slater, Newark
Gareth Caruthers – TBF Thompson, Garvagh
David Ross – Imperial Commercials, Bellshill
Lee Mansell – Wessex DAF, Newton Abbot




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