April 2022

UK Bus Awards has confirmed that a 2022 competition will take place with an in-person Presentation Ceremony to be held at Troxy in Commercial Road, East London on Tuesday 15th November 2022.

UK Bus Awards, and its parent company Transport Events Group, have announced several changes of personnel following the decision of chair Mark Yexley and commercial director Steve Cresswell to step down from the board of directors.

Alan Millar, Consultant Editor of Buses magazine, has been agreed to be the Chair of UK Bus Awards, whilst retired FirstBus MD Giles Fearnley has accepted the appointment of Chair of Transport Events Group. David Warrilow will act as Sales Consultant and UKBA co-founder Chris Cheek has re-joined the board as a non-executive director.

Paying tribute to his predecessor, Alan said, “The Awards team and the wider industry owe Mark an immense debt of gratitude for all his hard work over the last five years. It will be a hard act to follow, but I am looking forward very much to the challenge of organising our annual contest this year, and to hosting an in-person ceremony for the first time since 2019.”

Mark Yexley said, “I am very grateful for all the help and support I’ve had over those five years from everybody – my fellow directors and the Management Committee, as well as our sponsors, patrons and supporters – and of course all those who work so hard in submitting entries every year. Without you, none of what we achieve could happen.”

Mark has not left the Awards completely, though: he will be remaining as a member of Management Committee and has agreed to act as Convenor of Judges for the 2022 competition. “The last three years in particular have been difficult ones for us and for everybody in the industry,” he added, “and I’m looking forward to helping to judge a bumper crop of entries this year.”

Alan Millar has had a long and distinguished career in transport journalism, starting at Commercial Motor in 1978 and serving as Editor of Buses magazine for over 22 years until taking up his current post as Consultant Editor in April 2021.

Giles Fearnley needs little introduction, having spent a lifetime in the industry. He served as managing director of FirstGroup’s UK Bus Division from 2011 until 2021 after previous experience as co-owner of Blazefield Holdings and Prism Rail. He is currently working as a Senior Advisor with Tracsis Transport Consultancy.

David Warrilow brings long experience of the vehicle supply side of the industry to his new role, having worked for Metro-Cammell Weyman, Volvo, Scania and Mercedes-Benz. Latterly he was a regional manager for the Confederation of Passenger Transport for four years.

Jamie Cash remains on the board as Event Director and is looking forward to working with the new team and launching the 2022 competition soon.

For further information, please contact Jamie Cash on 0330 010 3455.