Annual Awards Launch 2024

Women in Bus and Coach Announces First Annual Awards Ceremony – nominate your colleague.

Women in Bus and Coach is thrilled to announce its inaugural awards ceremony, which will be held as part of its annual summit, sponsored by Transport UK London Bus, in Manchester on Tuesday 8th October. This event aims to recognise and celebrate the outstanding contributions and achievements of women within the bus, coach, and community transport industry.

“We are incredibly excited to host our first awards and to shine a spotlight on the remarkable women who drive our industry forward,” said Louise Cheeseman, Women in Bus and Coach Chair. “These awards not only recognise individual achievements but also highlight the importance of diversity and inclusion within the transport sector.”

Kerri Cheek, Women in Bus and Coach Director, added, “Women in Bus and Coach is committed to fostering a supportive and empowering environment for women in our industry. This awards ceremony is a significant step towards acknowledging and celebrating the vital contributions that women make every day.”

Entry Criteria and Eligibility

The Women in Bus and Coach Awards are for those who possess the qualities that make them a credit to the bus, coach and community transport industry and the organisations they work for, at any stage of their career. They are talented individuals who have exceeded expectations and inspire success in others.

Categories and how to enter for 2024:

Categories are:

  • Best Woman in Bus Award, sponsored by Backhouse Jones
  • Best Woman in Coach Award, sponsored by IntSol Recruitment
  • Best Woman in Community Transport Award
  • The Peter, Lord Hendy of Richmond Hill Allyship Award, sponsored by the Go-Ahead Group
  • Woman of the Year Award, sponsored by MCV UK

The judging process

Judging will take place in July and August.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an online discussion with the judges as a second stage of the awards process. The award organisers will work with you to identify a convenient time and date for this discussion; however, it is a mandatory part of the awards process and there will be a limited three-week window after the awards closing date for these discussions.

How to enter

  • Write an email up to 500 words describing the person and how they meet the individual award criteria set out for each award.
  • Make the subject line the name of the award category.
  • Include your contact details in case we have a query.
  • Send the email to hello@womeninbusandcoach.org.uk by 6pm on Friday 12th July 2024.

General information for all awards

  • You may self-nominate.
  • You may nominate another individual, but you must ask their permission before you do so.
  • The nominee must work in the bus, coach, or community transport industry at the time of making the award nomination.
  • There will be one winner per award category. The Peter, Lord Hendy of Richmond Hill Allyship award is open to nominations of both men and women. The other awards are open to nominations of only women or those who identify as a woman.
  • We encourage nominations of individuals at any stage of their career and from both small family or charity-run organisations to large national companies.
  • You may enter as many award categories as you like. Entries should cover the period from the start of 2023 until the awards closing date.
  • Nominations must be received before the deadline for consideration.
  • A headshot photograph (more than 1mb) of the person nominated should be supplied where possible and will be required if the person is shortlisted.
  • Supporting evidence may be supplied outside of the word limit e.g. photographs, certificates, links, testimonials etc.
  • You will not be penalised for going slightly over the word count, please use it as a guide, however excessively long entries may be disqualified.
  • Winners of the awards will be announced, and presentation of awards given at the Women in Bus and Coach Summit on 8th October 2024 in Manchester.

Conditions of entry

  • All decisions are final, and the judges will not enter into discussion or provide feedback about their decisions.
  • By entering these awards, you agree to all submitted materials, images and your name and company name being used in the promotion of these awards at any time.
  • These awards are only open to individuals living and working in the United Kingdom.
  • Shortlisted nominees may be eligible for reimbursement of costs for attending the Women in Bus and Coach Summit and Awards on 8th October 2024 where the winners will be announced.

Questions?

Please email: hello@womaninbusandcoach.org.uk

Categories and individual judging criteria

Best Woman in Bus award sponsored by Backhouse Jones criteria:

  • This category is only open to women who work in the bus sector. ‘Bus sector’ means bus operating company, bus manufacturer, bus operations licensor, regulator or supporting function etc including roles in public transport authorities and local authorities that are directly related to the bus sector.
  • Judges are looking for women who have been exceptional in one or more of the following:
    • Leadership and Impact:
      • Demonstrates strong leadership skills within the bus industry.
      • Has made a significant positive impact on the company, community, or industry.
    • Innovation and Problem Solving:
      • Showcases innovative solutions or ideas that have made significant improvements in the bus sector.
      • Successfully implements strategies that address and solve industry challenges.
    • Professional Achievements:
      • Has achieved notable milestones or accolades in her career within the bus industry.
      • Exhibits a track record of excellence and dedication in her role.
    • Commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion:
      • Advocates for and actively contributes to equality, diversity and inclusion initiatives within the workplace.
      • Encourages and supports the development of women and underrepresented groups in the industry.
    • Community Engagement and Corporate Social Responsibility:
      • Involves herself in community outreach programmes and initiatives that benefit the local community.
      • Demonstrates a commitment to corporate social responsibility through sustainable and ethical practices.

Best Woman in Coach award sponsored by IntSol Recruitment criteria:

  • This category is only open to women who work in the coach sector. ‘Coach sector’ means coach operating company, coach manufacturer, coach operations licensor, regulator or supporting function etc including roles in public transport authorities and local authorities that are directly related to the coach sector.
  • Judges are looking for women who have been exceptional in one or more of the following:
    • Leadership and Impact:
      • Demonstrates strong leadership skills within the coach industry.
      • Has made a significant positive impact on the company, community, or industry.
    • Innovation and Problem Solving:
      • Showcases innovative solutions or ideas that have made significant improvements in the coach sector.
      • Successfully implements strategies that address and solve industry challenges.
    • Professional Achievements:
      • Has achieved notable milestones or accolades in her career within the coach industry.
      • Exhibits a track record of excellence and dedication in her role.
    • Commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion:
      • Advocates for and actively contributes to equality, diversity and inclusion initiatives within the workplace.
      • Encourages and supports the development of women and underrepresented groups in the industry.
    • Community Engagement and Corporate Social Responsibility:
      • Involves herself in community outreach programmes and initiatives that benefit the local community.
      • Demonstrates a commitment to corporate social responsibility through sustainable and ethical practices.

Best Woman in Community Transport award criteria

  • This category is only open to women who work in the community transport sector. ‘Community transport sector’ means community transport operating company, community transport manufacturer, community transport operators licensor, regulator or supporting function etc including roles in public transport authorities and local authorities that are directly related to the community transport sector.
  • Judges are looking for women who have been exceptional in one or more of the following:
    • Leadership and Impact:
      • Demonstrates strong leadership skills within the community transport industry.
      • Has made a significant positive impact on the company, community, or industry.
    • Innovation and Problem Solving:
      • Showcases innovative solutions or ideas that have made significant improvements in the community transport sector.
      • Successfully implements strategies that address and solve industry challenges.
    • Professional Achievements:
      • Has achieved notable milestones or accolades in her career within the community transport industry.
      • Exhibits a track record of excellence and dedication in her role.
    • Commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion:
      • Advocates for and actively contributes to equality, diversity and inclusion initiatives within the workplace.
      • Encourages and supports the development of women and underrepresented groups in the industry.
    • Community Engagement and Corporate Social Responsibility:
      • Involves herself in community outreach programmes and initiatives that benefit the local community.
      • Demonstrates a commitment to corporate social responsibility through sustainable and ethical practices.

The Peter, Lord Hendy of Richmond Hill Allyship award sponsored by the Go-Ahead Group award criteria:

  • This award is open to men or women who work in or otherwise directly associated with the bus, coach or community transport sectors.
  • Judges are looking for individuals who have been allies in supporting and encouraging women across the bus, coach, and community transport sector.
  • These individuals will have contributed significantly to the professional growth and empowerment of women, for example through mentorship, advocacy, or creating opportunities for women to thrive.
  • These individuals will have played a crucial role in promoting gender equality and diversity in our sector.

Woman of the Year award criteria 

No nominations will be accepted for this award, it will be awarded at the judges’ discretion.

  • This award will be decided by a separate panel of judges to the other awards.
  • Judges will award to the winner of one of the ‘Best woman in bus/coach/community transport’ awards.

Good luck from the Women in Bus and Coach team!

Thank you to all our Awards and Summit sponsors including C9 Recruitment and Metroline.

 

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