You can find guidance on the criteria for this category here

This award is designed to recognise, reward and inspire management talent in the engineering disciplines of the UK bus industry.

Who can be nominated?

This Award is open to all people employed at or above the supervisory grade in the engineering function of bus operating, maintenance or manufacturing companies or organisations for a continuous period of not less than twelve months at the closing date of the competition.

… and by whom?

We welcome nominations from all eligible organisations, both of their own employees and of outstanding engineers with whom they work in partnership or as stakeholders. Self-nomination is not appropriate for this category. In all cases, the consent of the person nominated must be obtained to their name being put forward, and confirmation of this will be required on the nomination form.

Criteria and Entry Requirements

The judges will reach their decision on a short-list of finalists on the quality of the submissions made by the nominating organisation. Short-listed entrants may be required to meet the judges (see below).

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.

We have made the entry submission for the Engineer of the Year a ‘blank canvas’. With no set criteria but a few points of guidance, entrants have total flexibility within a 2,000 word limit in how they present their case for this award.

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 colleagues
  • A commitment to mentoring or other leadership activities
  • The ability to perform to a budget and to deliver measurable outputs and other outputs, which could include;
  • specified vehicle availability targets
  • specified PSV test targets
  • avoidance of roadside prohibitions or defect notices.
  • Entries should address each of the above criteria to assist with the judging process.

Short-listed finalists may, at the discretion of the judges, be invited for a discussion with the judges. Here, they will be asked to speak for about ten minutes on a topic of their choosing relevant to their work and for which they will be able to use PowerPoint, or not, as they wish.


Please ensure that you send JPEG files. PDFs, pictures in Word files and in PowerPoint presentations are NOT acceptable.

For people categories, it is nice to see the person in a work environment – in a driving cab, by a vehicle or with colleagues, for example – but please ensure that the nominee is clearly recognisable. A head and shoulders shot is also useful. For other categories, please send pictures of your project or your company’s activities, and send one of the team involved.

These photographs may be used by us in a variety of ways, on the Bus Awards web site, in video presentations and in souvenir brochures and other printed material including the trade press.So that we can make the most effective use of the pictures you send us, please try to ensure that they are high-resolution JPG images (300 dpi) and at least 1200 x 1600 pixels in size. This implies a file size of at least several hundred KB – more is better. If you are using a mobile phone, please select the highest quality/most mega pixel/highest file size setting.

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