Ernest Davies Award

Lithium ion batteries EV vehicles and their impact on the parking industry by Lesie Donohue-Bromley The Ernest Davies Award for Advancing Parking Knowledge was set up in 1994 to "encourage younger members to communicate both verbally and in writing on matters relating to any aspect of parking in its broadest sense". Since then we have adapted the award rules and now welcome any written submission from a 12 month period.

Ernest Davies was a founder member of the BPA and served as Treasurer and Secretary in its first few years, and was President for three years up to 1979.  A journalist by profession, he was the  publisher and editor of Traffic Engineering and Control.  He also had a long and established career as a politician; he entered parliament in 1945 and eventually becoming a junior minister.  He died  in 1991 aged 89.

Applications will be considered for 2019 now.

What can I enter?

Entrants can submit a piece on any aspect related to the parking profession. 
It can be a:

  • report
  • blog
  • article
  • poem
  • case study or 
  • statistical analysis 

Previous winners may apply too.

Additional criteria to consider

If you’re passionate about parking, transport and traffic management take this opportunity to explore your creative side!

Your entry could be humorous, technical or innovative, authored by you or a team of colleagues. We ask only that its aim is to benefit the parking profession.

Judges will mark each entry on: style, content, value to the sector, originality/creativity

Please note: we do not accept submissions that promote a service or product, or are written by a professional journalist.

The Judges

The judges' decision is final. The judges include 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.

Where 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.

The prize
The winner receives a:

  • trophy
  • certificate
  • bottle of champagne
  • invite to the BPA Members’ Dinner in London where the award will be presented

The winner's piece is also published in the December edition of Parking News.
The two runners-up receive a certificate and a bottle of champagne.

Application deadline
You can send your entries to Sarah Greenslade for the 2019 award.

Ernest Davies Award 2018

Leslie Donohue-Bromley of Market Marketing is the 2018 winner of the Ernest Davies Award for Advancing Parking Knowledge. An abridge version of his article The risks of lithium ion electric vehicles and considerations for the parking industry is in the Parking News December 2018 and this is the full article.


Congratulations also to our two runners-up Steve Thompson and Carole Kenney.

To read more on previous winners of the Ernest Davies Award, click here


Ernest Davies 

1902 - 1991

Journalist and Politician

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.