A decade of recognition

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It’s celebrations all round at National Express, the company having held its 10th annual Operator Awards event. Peter Jackson details the evening’s events

National Express has once again recognised the efforts of its partner operators, with a special 10th anniversary ceremony held at Coventry’s Windmill Vintage Hotel. Held annually, the 10th running was a black tie event; company executives were on hand to deliver a champagne toast and pay tribute to employees’ hard work.

Alongside the list of awards handed out on the night, a raffle was held which raised £1,500 for charity Transaid – a figure which National Express matched. The charity supports sustainable transport projects in developing countries, helping to boost road safety standards and train drivers (CBW1322).

Prizes for the raffle included a Samsung television, as well as tickets to an Ed Sheeran concert at Wembley Arena. The stand-out prize, though, was surely being given the chance to choose which National Express executive had to go up on stage and sing a karaoke song; this year, it was Head of Contracts Alastair Coxon who was singled out to perform.

Following an earlier event held at Leicestershire-based Rockingham Raceway, Oscar Cotton was crowned Driver of the Year. The Lucketts Travel driver had received nine commendations from passengers in July alone, and managed to out-perform competition from other partner operators to become the overall winner.

Driver of the Year entrants were scrutinised in a series of tests, including a practical assessment in a National Express tri-axle, as well as a number of circuit-based driving challenges – getting the chance to drive an Ariel Atom and Lamborghini, amongst others.


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