Today I will mostly be attending the highly prestigious UK Bus Awards at a very swanky location-based in central London. It will not be a free lunch, because as we all know there is no such thing as a free lunch. In my case I will have to stand on the stage and announce the winner of the Young Manager Award which has been sponsored by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.

I have the honour of chairing the Bus and Coach Forum and am delighted to be making the award to the no doubt worthy winner. The awards process is in its own right a meticulous and challenging process but it is in my view, absolutely right that CILT sponsor this of all the awards.

The track records of previous winners is indicative of the success of the judges to select the very best of the best, and believe me it is a tough call to make due to the excellent calibre of the short listed candidates. The process of judging actually requires the people selected to come and make a presentation before the judges as well as answering some probing questions.

I have to say that it always a slightly nerve-racking affair standing up before over 650 of ones friends and peers and it is always good news when you complete the event without having suffered some public tourette`s attack or fallen flat on your face. So, no alcohol is certainly the order of the day and a short sharp thirty-second burst of game show host sincerity is also in order. And then hopefully God willing we do the same thing all over again next year at the 22 year of the awards. And who knows dear reader it could be you standing on that stage.

But, as they say you have to be in it to win it….