This award is sponsored by Giles Fearnley and Stuart Wilde.
The Award for Services to the Bus Industry recognises a significant and sustained contribution to the success of the industry by an individual who has gone consistently beyond the call of normal duty to improve and promote the bus indistry for its users or the wider community.
There is no short-list for this award. The winner will be announced at the Presentation Ceremony on 12 November 2009.
The Winner: Steve Clayton
We are honouring this year somebody who has worked immensely hard behind the scenes in recent years on the interface between the industry and politics.
He has worked for the passenger transport industry for over 30 years, giving devoted service initially in the public sector at London Transport, and more recently as a director of one of our five major quoted transport groups.
Steve joined the industry as a graduate trainee at LT on the same day in 1975 as Peter Hendy, the current Transport Commissioner for London, and held went on to hold a number of posts – including a period working for the Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive, Ralph Bennett, and a four-month spell as a consultant with London Transport International in Mexico.
His time in garage management – at the sharpest part of the sharp end of the business – shaped his understanding of what makes people tick and how drivers and other operating staff are best encouraged, motivated and managed – an invaluable skill.
He was appointed in 1988 to be managing director of Leaside Buses, one of the eleven London Bus companies that were eventually privatised in 1994 – at which point he joined the Cowie Group, now known as Arriva.
Four years later, he was appointed to the post of managing director for the whole of Arriva’s UK bus interests, a post he held for the next seven years. In 2005, he moved to become Group Managing Director – Corporate Affairs for the group, a post he held until his retirement from Arriva earlier this year.
He is now a non-executive director of major bus manufacturer Alexander Dennis.
He became President of the Confederation of Passenger Transport in 2005 and stepped into the breach again for the last part of 2006. His presidency gave him direct access to Ministers and Civil Servants and to the wider interface between politics and the bus industry. oth during his periods of office and since, he has helped to steer CPT and its members through the negotiations and debate that surrounded such vital matters as the Local Transport Act 2008, the reform and up-rating of BSOG, concessionary fares in England and the like.
He took on these tasks with application, industry and considerable success, to the huge benefit of the whole industry – and it is for this immensely hard work behind the scenes, together with his long service in the front line of bus company management, that we make this award.
He has always spoken as an honest and experienced man, a passionate advocate of the industry and someone with his feet on the ground.
Short career highlights:
- Geography degree, City of London, 1975
- London Transport graduate trainee, 1975-1978
- Managing Director, Leaside Buses 1988-1998
- Managing Director, UK Bus, 1998 to 2005
- Group Managing Director – Corporate Affairs, 2005 – 2009
- Director, Alexander Dennis, 2009.
Who could be nominated?
Individuals working in any bus-related environment and at any level of seniority.
… and by whom?
Nominations were accepted from operators, local authorities (including Passenger Transport Executives and Transport for London), other bodies involved in the planning and provision of local bus services and other organisations working with the industry or on behalf of its users.
Given the broad spread of individuals that might be nominated for this award, the UKBA Management Committee will use its discretion in considering nominations for this award and will seek the necessary verification. The following will be taken into account:
- The level of service delivered
- Any special circumstances
- Consistent record of achievement
- Sustainability of the entrant’s contributions