Ernest Davies Award

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The Ernest Davies Award is a presitigious award for Advancing Parking Knowledge.  Following the success in 2020 of the expanded criteria to include film and audio as well as written entries, this will be continued for 2021.

Each year the BPA celebrates parking sector voices with the Ernest Davies Award competition inviting entries submitted about any aspect of the parking profession. 

Is there something you find odd, frustrating, funny, unique, concerning or fascinating about the parking sector? Then why not get into a creative space and enter our competition - you can write, make a video or even record an audio piece. Many of us have had to evolve and learn new skills recently and we wanted this award to appeal to anyone who has produced innovative content that demands to be heard. It doesn’t need to be overly technical, it could be humorous or innovative and be a team effort with colleagues. As long as it benefits the parking sector in some way, raises its profile, helps to share knowledge or experiences and provides an opportunity for others to learn about wider aspects of parking. 

Who is Ernest Davies?

Ernest Davies was a founder member of the BPA who served as treasurer, secretary and president in his time at the BPA up to 1979. The award first started in 1994 to encourage younger members to speak and write on matters relating to any aspect of parking in its broadest sense.  Over the years it has been adapted to include entries from everyone. 

Ernest was a journalist by profession and also had a long career as a politician from 1945, eventually becoming a junior minister.  He died in 1991 aged 89.

What can I enter?

As long as it is advancing the knowledge of parking in its broardest sense it could be something that is written, or recored on film or as an audio. For example it could be a: report, blog, article, poem, case study, statistical analysis, film recording or audio recording

It could be humorous, informative, technical or innovative, as long as it is authored by you or a team of colleagues. We ask only that its aim is to benefit the parking profession.

Get your entry in!

The competition is now open and the deadline is 9am Monday 18 October. Please send your entry or any questions you may have to Sarah Greenslade. What are you waiting for?  This is your chance to be the 18th Ernest Davies award winner - good luck!

Additional criteria

If you’re passionate about parking, transport and traffic management and have something to say about it - we would love to recieve your entry. Submissions that promote a service or product, or are written by a professional journalist are not accepted. 

Full criteria for entries

How is the award judged?

The judges mark each entry on style, content, value to the sector and originality/creativity.

The judging panel includes the editor of Parking News, the Chair or another member of the Public Affairs and Communications Board, the current Vice President, a council member and a BPA director. The judges' decision is final. If the judges are unable to agree on a winner, their comments and resulting recommendations will be put to the Chair (or another member) of the Public Affairs and Research Board to make the final decision.

What do the winner and runners-up receive?

 The winner and two runners-up will be announced at a virtual awards ceremony in December. The winner receives an:

  • engraved trophy
  • certificate and 
  • bottle of champagne 

And has their piece published in the December edition of Parking News. Two runners-up both receive a certificate and champagne. If you are crowned the winner you will be able to say you are an award winning parking professional!

The 2020 Ernest Davies Award winner

Ryan Jackson and Alastair Finlayson at Gemini Parking Solutions with their 'Brake The Mould' Podcast

The judges thought it was innovative and refreshing way to advance parking knowledge and raise issues in the industry, not only within our sector but also importantly to motorists. It scored strongly on all the criteria – style, content, value to the sector, originality and creativity.

Two runners-up of 2020


  • Craig Taylor, also from Cornwall Council and David Fowle from Hozah Parking for their joint article entitled ANPR for Local Authority Car Parks: Present & Future Benefits.
    It highlights how local authorities, retailers and the environment can benefit from local authorities introducing ANPR into their day-to-day parking operations.

 See the Ernest Davies Award previous winners here.

Please contact Sarah with any questions you may have. 

 Ernest Davies
journalist and politician 1902-91

Ernest Davies

Ernest Davies was one of the subscribers listed on 20 April 1970 when the British Parking Association Memorandum and Articles of Association. He and the late Kenneth Bloom were major figures in the founding and subsequent operation of the British Parking Association.

Ernest went on to become Secretary as well as Seminar Organiser and General Factotum, running the Association from his Newman Street office. The Parking Newsletter, edited by Keith Lumley at that time, was published from that address.

Ernest became President of the Association in 1977 - an office he held until 1980 when he was elected to Honorary Membership of the British Parking Association. His awareness of political and planning trends, together with his many contacts in those fields, proved of immense value to the Association.

He was the Founder Publisher of Traffic Engineering and Control and the journal's Editor from its first issue in May 1960 until January 1976. It was he who recognised the opportunity for a dedicated publication providing a specialist focus for what was, in the UK more than 30 years ago, the relative infant discipline of Traffic Engineering. It was by the vigour of his early stewardship that the journal - bravely ventured as an independent initiative - prospered to earn its international reputation.

Ernest's early career was in journalism and publishing. As a young man in the early 1920's he travelled to the United States and found work on the New York Globe and on local papers in Massachusetts. Twenty years later, during the Second World War, he travelled more widely in the UK, working for the BBC and eventually becoming its North American Service Organiser. In 1929 he helped resuscitate a Socialist monthly, The Clarion, co-edited it for three years and wrote a regular column.

Ernest's political career was unsuccessful at the 1935 General Election, but his political writing continued. The State of the Railway (1940) was one of several pamphlets written for the Labour Party and the Fabian Society on the nationalisation of transport and future structure and policy, advocating, in particular, the need for an overall transport policy. In 1945 he entered Parliament, representing the Enfield Division of Middlesex, and almost immediately was invited to be Chairman of the Parliamentary Labour Party's Transport Group. It was a position he was to hold from 1945 to 1950 and again from 1951 to 1959.

Ernest recognised the most exciting and fascinating period of his political career as being his service from 1950 to ­1951, as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Foreign Office, Deputy first to Ernest Bevan and afterwards to Herbert Morrison. He was also a member of the UK delegation to the United Nations General Assemblies from 1947 to 1949, and to the Geneva Conference of the Freedom of Information and the Press in 1948.

He represented the Government at the Four Power Agenda Talks in Paris in 1951, where his opposite number from the Soviet Union was an intransigent Mr. Grimy. Happier were his meetings with Marshal Tito - Ernest's friendship with Yugoslavia was cemented by his being Chairman of the British Yugoslav Society from 1957 1980, and its Vice President 1980 - 1991.