This 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.
Tom Morgan, Trent Barton
Tom exemplifies everything one would look for in a young manager in the bus industry. Passion and commitment, a zeal for perfection and a real desire to serve the customer. An able learner, his young age is belied by his sound knowledge and the respect he commands from his peers. He freely admits he still has a lot to learn, but is already on track for a distinguished career.
Jeff Clayton, First Manchester
Jeff Clayton has made quick progression through the ranks at First to take the role of Area Operations Manager for First in the North West (incorporating Chester, Birkenhead and Wrexham depots) aged just 26. This has been achieved through hard work, intelligence and a real love for the bus industry that he serves.
Selina Pipe, Arriva Midlands
Selina started with Arriva Midlands as a Graduate Management Trainee in January 2008 and she has gained experience in a wide variety of disciplines. In October 2011, Selina became General Manager of Tamworth Depot, with responsibility for 40 vehicles and nearly 100 staff. She brings a fresh perspective to every area of work and a real desire to succeed.
Vicky Tomlinson, First West Yorkshire
Vicky has only been in the bus industry for six years but has already shown a remarkable level of maturity to progress to a management position within First's school bus operation. What sets Vicky apart is not just her success, but the respect she has earned from colleagues of all ranks and job positions in First. These skills will hold her in good stead as she progresses in the bus industry.
Who could be nominated?
This Award was open to all managers under the age of 30 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 work in partnership or as stakeholders. Self-nomination was not permitted for this category.
Criteria and Entry Requirements
The judges will reach their decision on the quality of the written submissions made by the nominating organisation.
Short-listed entrants were required to make a presentation to the judges and be interviewed by them.
Nominating organisations must be able to demonstrate that the nominees have shown excellence in management and leadership and that this has been recognised by them.
Nominees must be able 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.
Short-listed finalists were required to make a 10-minute presentation either:
- on the role of their organisation in the community and the wider transport market, or
- on a subject of their own choosing relevant to the transport industry
And to answer questions from the judging panel (also 10 minutes).