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.
Winner: Roger French OBE DL
Roger began his career in the bus industry 41 years ago with summer holiday jobs including bus conducting in London and working at ’55 Broadway’.
After University he worked with bus companies in West Yorkshire, Kent and South Wales before moving to Brighton in 1982. He has been at the helm of the city’s buses ever since. He was part of the management buy-out team of the Brighton & Hove Bus Company in 1987 and its subsequent sale to the Go-Ahead Group six years later.
He is an active participant in the community, being involved in many committees, forums and partnerships including chairman of the city’s Local Strategic Partnership, the Brighton & Hove Business Forum, the Hove Business Partnership and the Martlets Hospice. He was awarded an OBE for services to public transport in 2005, an Honorary MA by the University of Brighton in 2007 and became a Deputy Lord Lieutenant for East Sussex in 2007.
His book ‘Pride & Joy – my amazing 25 year journey with Brighton & Hove Buses’ was published in June 2010 and sold over 1,500 copies in three months, with all sales income being donated to charity.
The Award Citation
The Award for Services to the Industry goes this year to somebody whose hard work and dedication has been an inspiration to the whole industry for nearly 25 years. His ground-breaking work in the marketing and promotion of local bus services since deregulation has led the way and won many plaudits and awards.
His and his company's very close working relationship with local stakeholders, and in particular with the local authorities, has demonstrated how strong and meaningful partnership can deliver a top quality bus service, in turn creating one of the fastest growing markets for public transport use in the UK.
He has also been very happy to share this knowledge and experience, and he has been a regular and passionate speaker at numerous industry conferences and events – not least those organised by the UK Bus Awards. His work in ‘spreading the word’ within the wider industry has been instrumental in raising standards generally. Finally, his zeal as a mentor culminated this year in his acceptance of the role of joint patron of the Young Bus Managers Network.
John Owen, UK Bus Awards chairman, added, "It gives me very special pleasure to congratulate Roger for the tremendous contribution he has made during his long career, and on behalf of the whole industry to thank him for all that he has done to raise the profile of the bus both locally and nationally."
Who can be nominated?
Individuals working in any bus-related environment and at any level of seniority.
… and by whom?
Nominations will be 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