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.
Winner 2013: Jon Croxford (First West Yorkshire – Bramley, Leeds)
Jon has progressed at an amazing speed since joining First on its Graduate Trainee scheme in 2008. He has held a number of increasingly challenging roles across the UK, all of which he has approached with a positive 'can-do' attitude. An intelligent enquiring mind is masked behind his friendly demeanour and he can show the steel needed to handle difficult management decisions when required.
Runner Up: Tom Waterhouse (Stagecoach South - Winchester)
A jovial character, Tom is a well respected manager amongst his staff, peers and management team. He works hard and has continued to developed his management skills, having only joined the Stagecoach graduate scheme in 2009. He puts himself forward, getting out into the community to represent the company or getting behind the wheel if needed, as well as helping out in other areas of the business.
Simon Goff (First Berkshire - Bracknell)
Simon has worked his way up to the position of Chief Operating Officer at First Berkshire in just five years. While his priority is the best possible service delivery for customers, he also recognises the individual and collective roles of his team. His achievements to date have won him respect in the business and are all the more remarkable given his relatively short time in the industry.
Morgan Stevens (Newport Transport – South Wales)
Morgan is currently Operations Manager at Newport Transport, giving him wide-ranging responsibilities. He has developed good working relationships, both internally and externally, and is regarded as a solid and dependable colleague. His knowledge of the industry combined with his management skills and personality make him a great asset to his employer and his community.
Who can 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).