The 2018 awards will be judged by:
Leon Preston is a Blue Badge Guide for London, and also has the City of London Badge, qualifications he obtained while working in the Tours department of what was then known as London Transport.
He later became self-employed, working in all sectors of guiding for many different companies, and travelling extensively around the UK and Europe.
He has served as Treasurer and Secretary General for the Guild of Guide Lecturers, now the British Guild of Tourist Guides, and is now Coach Liaison Officer for both the Guild and the Association of Professional Tourist Guides.
He has a Diploma (Hons) in Road Passenger Transport and acted as a consultant for the first edition of Usborne’s Book of London.
Chair of Judges & Editor of Group Tourism & Travel Magazine
Jessamy Chapman is Editor of Group Tourism & Travel magazine (GT&T), and head of the judges for the BCTAs.
She has worked on coach and bus trade magazines for eight years, having joined GT&T and its sister magazine routeone in 2009, and spends a lot of time meeting coach operators and examining trends in the vibrant public transport and coaching sectors. She led Coach Monthly through its transformation into Group Tourism & Travel magazine early in 2017.
She has a degree in journalism from Anglia Ruskin University. She reads a lot, travels the UK and “does doll’s houses”.
Antony Amos has worked in various industries, but having travelled extensively around the world, realised his true calling is in tourism.
He worked for Lord’s Cricket Ground for 10 years, in the Tours and Museum department, building up tours of the ground in that time and developing relationships across the domestic and inbound tourism industry. He joined UKinbound in 2014, and is now Head of Business Development and Membership.
He spends his time travelling the UK to visit and engage with UKinbound members, as well as other people from all areas of the inbound tourism industry.
Chris Wales spent the majority of his corporate career in the car ferry industry, starting out at Townsend Thoresen and ending at Wightlink IOW Ferries. During that time, he founded the Association of British Tour Operators to France (ABTOF), for which he was awarded the Tourism Medal from the French Government.
Chris was also a founder Board member of the Coach Tourism Council, and is currently its Chief Executive. He is President of the Coach Drivers’ Club and writes a regular column for Group Tourism & Travel magazine. He enjoys travel in general and coach holidays in particular, and can often be found in a Wetherspoons pub.
Steve Whiteway has been involved with the coach tourism industry for over 37 years – as an operator, as Managing Director of highly-renowned Epsom Coaches, and also in the wider industry, local and national government, and the community.
Steve is well known in the coach travel sector, and has twice been elected President of the Confederation of Passenger Transport.
Starting as a driver, Steve has experienced all aspects of coach tourism, and as a result, he brings to the BCTAs an in-depth and practical knowledge of what makes a winner.
Now retired from full-time involvement in the industry, Steve’s experience is still in high demand as he provides advice and practical freelance assistance to a wide range of businesses.