Young Manager of the Year 2008

Sponsored by Centrebus 

Rob Jones of Stagecoach North WestThis award focuses specially on the talent we will all rely on to deliver our bus services for the next 20 years and more: the young managers, currently delivering and planning services at the sharp end - but whose skills will be vitally important over the coming years as the bus increasingly comes to be seen as an aid to reducing carbon emissions and fighting climate change.

The Winner

Rob Jones, Stagecoach North West

The judges felt that Rob was a very worthy winner of this award.
He has demonstrated an ability to work in a challenging commercial environment, to devise an interesting and challenging programme of change and to implement and manage that programme. His work had contributed a significant level of added value to the future of Stagecoach North West.

Runner Up

A picture of Phil SouthallPhil Southall, Go North East

The judges were very impressed indeed with this entry, particularly with Phil’s communication skills. He is clearly prospering at Go North East, benefiting from the challenges presented by a senior management team that drives a policy of radical change in the business. He is contributing strongly to the growth of the company.

Highly Commended  

Michael WatsonMichael Watson, Arriva North West

Michael’s hard work and commitment in transforming Arriva’s St Helens operation impressed the judges very much indeed.
Good management of change requires strong self-belief and excellent communication skills. Michael has demonstrated all this, which makes him a young manager with potentially a strong future.

Nick HillNick Hill, Metrobus Ltd

Nick Hill’s breadth of experience in both operational and commercial management were impressive, and the degree of personal commitment he has demonstrated with an innovative approach to marketing through social networking web sites was both fascinating and extremely praiseworthy. His communication skills also scored very highly.

Julie ReynoldsJulie Reynolds, Arriva Yorkshire

The management and motivation of front line staff is absolutely key to the delivery of high-quality bus services, and the judges were very impressed indeed with Julie’s work to transform this function at Arriva Yorkshire. These are skills which the industry has too often lacked, to its cost – and Julie’s contribution has clearly helped to transform a poorly performing business.


Hannah SelfHannah Self, First London

The judges were impressed by Hannah’s highly focused project management skills, demonstrated by her work to deliver the company’s driver simulator and then the move of operations from Acton to Hayes garage. The ability to take responsibility for complex projects and deliver them is a very special one, which should be highly prized.


Jodine MilneJodine Milne, Stagecoach North East

Jodine’s skills as a marketeer greatly impressed the judges, and her work for Stagecoach North East, and now for Megabus, is clearly of a very high standard. The judges were also very impressed by her belief in the future of the industry and the opportunities which lie before us.

Tony Simmons, Stagecoach Devon

Tony SimmonsThe management and operation of high quality services in the more rural and sparsely populated areas of the country often requires a slightly different skills set from busier urban areas, and the judges were impressed by Tony’s strong grasp of the issues. The sort of commitment and belief which Tony has demonstrated in his work for Stagecoach in North Devon bodes very well for both his and the industry’s future.



Who could be nominated?

This award was open to all managers under the age of 35 who:

  • lead an organisation or major business unit in a professional capacity
  • own and operate their own business employing more than five people
  • work in a local authority, government department or quasi non-governmental organisation with functional responsibility for more than five staff

and by whom?

We welcomed nominations from all eligible organisations, both of their own employees and of outstanding young managers with whom they worked in partnership or as stakeholders. Self-nomination is NOT appropriate for this category. In all cases, the person nominated had to countersign the form to confirm their agreement to their name being put forward.

Criteria and Entry Requirements

The judges reached their decision on the quality of the written submissions made by the nominating organisation and by the nominees themselves.

Short-listed entrants were then required to make a 10 minute Power Point presentation to the judging panel, and be interviewed by them.

Nominating organisations had to be able to demonstrate that the nominees had shown excellence in management and leadership, and that this has been recognised by them.

Nominees were required to demonstrate:

  • An ability to manage complex tasks, people, processes and the environment in which their organisation operates
  • Effective communication skills with both staff and stakeholders
  • A commitment to mentoring or other leadership activities
  • Demonstrable ability to perform to a budget

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