Throughout the pandemic, bus schedulers have worked miracles – recasting timetables time and again to accommodate changing lockdown restrictions and support healthcare and key workers. This year's Joe Wood Scheduler of the Year Award, hosted by CitySwift and Passenger Transport magazine, offers an opportunity to celebrate this vital work.
The award is also a tribute to our friend and colleague Joe Wood, a widely respected young bus manager who died in 2019. Joe had worked in scheduling roles at Go-Ahead, Stagecoach and Reading Buses before joining CitySwift’s fast-expanding team. He posthumously received the President’s Award at the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport’s Annual Awards for Excellence.
For this year's award, we received nominations from bus companies large and small, from across the UK and beyond. Our judging panel reviewed all the entries and selected their shortlist.
Join us on Friday, February 25th for a live online award ceremony where we will crown this year's Joe Wood Scheduler of the Year.
The Joe Wood Scheduler of the Year Award ceremony will be broadcast from the Hardiman Hotel, Galway on Friday, February 25th at 4pm GMT. The award ceremony will include a panel discussion on what 2022 holds for the bus sector, a tribute to Joe Wood, video profiles of each of the finalists and the announcement of this year's winner.
To join us online, complete the form at the bottom of this article or visit bit.ly/schedulerof21
This year's worthy finalists are:
• Adriana Cataline, Stagecoach Bus
• Graham Atkins, Yellow Buses
• Mariusz Przybylski, Abellio London
• Mat Hidson, National Express West Midlands
• Stuart Fillingham, First Bus
They have all won a trip to Galway to attend the Scheduler of the Year Award ceremony in-person. You can learn more about each of this year's finalists here.
Trentbarton’s Richard Sherratt, who was named the first ever Joe Wood Scheduler of the Year in 2020, is one of four judges who will decide this year's winner. Joining him on the judging panel are Deputy Editor of Passenger Transport magazine Andrew Garnett; CPT President Jane Cole; and Go North East MD Martijn Gilbert, who worked with Joe Wood at Go-Ahead. You can learn more about the judging panel here.
Watch the Award Ceremony
To watch the Joe Wood Scheduler of the Year Award ceremony online, complete the form below or visit bit.ly/schedulerof21