Services to the Coach Industry

This award is presented annually by UK Coach Awards to somebody in the world of coach tourism who has devoted a lifetime to the industry, and delivered exceptional service in the provision and/or delivery of coach services.

The award is designed to recognise a significant and sustained contribution to the success of the industry by an individual who has gone consistently beyond the call of normal duty to improve and promote the coach industry for its users or the wider community.

The winner in 2012: John Johnson

Winner John Johnson with Carol Kirkwood at our 2011 ceremonyOur award for services to the industry this year goes to somebody who has many years’ experience in coach operations, and has been a leading light in the industry over many years.

He runs an award-winning bus and coach business based in Henley-in-Arden in Warwickshire, a hugely successful family firm which is a mutliple award-winner.

In addition, John has held office in the industry bodies, including a spell as chairman of the Coach Tourism Council and a Member of both Council and the Coach Commission at the industry's trade association, the Confederation of Passenger Transport.

John is a passionate advocate for coaching and coach tourism, and also raises huge amounts of money for charity through his long distance cycling exploits. The Management Committee felt that his immense hard work on behalf of the whole industry meant that the award was richly deserved.

Who could be nominated?

Individuals working in any coach-related environment and at any level of seniority.

… and by whom?

Nominations will be accepted from operators, local authorities, other bodies involved in the planning and provision of coach services and other organisations working with the industry or on behalf of its users.

The Criteria:

Given the broad spread of individuals that might be nominated for this award, the UKCA organising committee will use its discretion in considering nominations for this award and will seek the necessary verification. The following will be taken into account:

  • The level of service delivered
  • Any special circumstances
  • Consistent record of achievement
  • Sustainability of the entrant’s contributions


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