Services to the Bus Industry

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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

Dr WIlliam Wright CBEDr William Wright CBE, Wrightbus

William began his career some seventy years ago, when he joined the family firm founded by his father just after the war. At that time, the company built bodies for goods vehicles, but moved into building aluminium bus bodies in 1978.

The company’s real breakthrough into the mainstream of UK bus building came with the launch of the Handybus model on the Dennis Dart chassis in the early 1990s, quickly followed by a range of full-sized bus bodies taking full advantage of the low-floor revolution which took place during the decade.

Under William’s leadership, the business has spent heavily on research and development, and has won multiple awards for innovation, steadily growing so that today it employs more than 1,800 people.

The business he has developed continues to be at the forefront of technological developments, building the New Routemaster for service in London and a wide range of other hybrids and fuel-saving diesels for service in other parts of the country. It launched its first all-electric bus in 2014, which entered service in the award-winning Milton Keynes trials.

As well as his role with the business, William served his local community as a councillor and campaigner.

The UK Bus Awards Management Committee is delighted to recognise the invaluable work William has done for the industry, as the leader of a highly innovative and successful UK manufacturing business.  Throughout his career, he has been an inspirational leader, believing passionately in the future of our industry. He has led by example, and advanced the cause of innovation, high-quality manufacturing and the wider bus industry.

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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.

The Criteria:

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

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