Ernest Davies Award

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The Ernest Davies Award is a presitigious award for Advancing Parking Knowledge. This year the competition criteria for entries has expanded to include film and audio for the first time in its history, and written entries are also still very much welcome.

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. Over the last six months many of us have had to evolve and learn new skills and we want 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 reccording

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.

Additional criteria

Read the full criteria for entries. 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. 

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!

New application deadline: 22 October 2020

Send your entry to: consultations 

Please email Sarah with any questions you may have.

Read about the awards previous winners here


 Ernest Davies - a 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.