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.
Gold Award Winner
Ben Colson started his career in the bus industry some 45 years ago, working for the National Bus Company. He went on to hold a number of line management posts, before joining the embryonic Stagecoach Group when they bought the NBC subsidiary for which he was working in 1987. He worked for the group until 2002 in a number of senior commercial management roles, including, from 1996, Stagecoach Manchester, subsequently acting in a consultancy role, and making frequent visits to overseas subsidiaries. In 1996, together with a key business partner, he bought a small West Norfolk bus and coach company with three vehicles called Norfolk Green. Over the next 18 years, the business grew steadily until it operated over 70 buses over a wide, sparsely populated area of North and West Norfolk, North Cambridgeshire and South Lincolnshire.After a period of ill-health, Ben and his colleagues sold the company to Stagecoach at the end of 2013.
Throughout his career, he has also been an active campaigner for the industry, helping with the development of bus policy for the industry's trade association, CPT, and serving as an operator representative on a Government advisory group. Locally, he has been a member of and chaired a number of local community and partnership boards in West Norfolk. Since retiring from day to day bus operations, Ben has remained active in the industry and was appointed as Chairman of the Association of Local Bus Managers (ALBUM) in the summer of 2014. Throughout his career, Ben has been an inspirational leader, believing passionately in the future of our industry. He has led by example, building a highly successful, multi-award winning company and in the process advancing the cause of high-quality rural transport. He has campaigned tirelessly for the industry, regularly undertaking speaking engagements and lectures to a wide range of different audiences.
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