Bus boss Derek Lott has received a top European award honouring his contribution to public transport.
The Yellow Buses’ Managing Director was presented with a special career prize by judges of the Talent in Mobility Awards.
The annual contest seeks to recognise managers who are contributing to the growth of public transport in Europe.
The judges highlighted Derek Lott’s career which began in 1971 as a London bus driver.
He went on to hold several supervisory and managerial posts before taking charge of Bournemouth-based Yellow Buses in 2005.
At the time, the former council-owned company was making a loss but under his leadership Yellow Buses has returned to profit. Revenue has grown by two thirds in the last seven years while passenger numbers have increased by 55 per cent.
Yellow Buses now employs 400 staff and has a 135 strong fleet of vehicles carrying 14.5 million passengers in 2011.
The company has won several national awards in recent years including Shire Operator of the Year at the UK Bus Awards 2009 and 2010 and Large Bus Operator of the Year in the 2010 RouteOne Operator Excellence Awards.
Mr Lott said: “I was very surprised to have been nominated for this award and astonished, but very pleased, to receive it, especially considering the credentials of the other excellent candidates from other parts of Europe”
“I feel really honoured that my small contribution to transport over the last 40 years has been recognised by being presented with this prestigious award,” he added.
Mr Lott was one of only two UK transport professionals recognised at the awards ceremony which took place at the European Mobility Exhibition in Paris.