Annual General Meeting 2024

Our Association Dinner, Annual General Meeting and Conference is being held on Sunday 3 and Monday 4 March 2024.

This is a fantastic opportunity to meet with friends old and new from the coach industry. Guests and prospective members are welcome.

 We are grateful to Volvo for sponsoring the conference. 

The details are as follows:

Sunday 3 March 2024 DELTA HOTELS BY MARRIOTT WARWICK Stratford Road, Warwick, CV34 6RE

Arrive from 16:00

18:30 for 19:00 – UK Coach Operators Association Three Course Dinner:

Starter – Bruschetta, smoked salmon, sauce gribiche, cucumber, watercress
Main – Chicken breast filled with pork, sage and onion, spring onion mash and red wine jus served with seasonal vegetables
Dessert – Sticky toffee pudding, clotted cream ice cream
Special Dietary Requirements will be catered for.

Overnight Stay

Monday 4 March 2024

Breakfast from 07:00 at the Delta Hotels By Marriott Warwick

08:45 for 09:10 – registration for AGM and coffee  served at Volvo Group UK Limited, Wedgnock Lane, Warwick, CV34 5YA  (Venue and coffee kindly supplied By Volvo)
09:10UKCOA Annual General Meeting (Members Only)
09:4o – Break and Industry Partner Stands
10:00 – UKCOA Conference: Challenges & Opportunities for the Coach Industry over the next 10 years

10:00  Welcome and Introduction
Stephen Telling – President UKCOA
Domenico Bondi – Managing Director, Volvo Bus U.K. & Ireland
10:25 Main Session – Chaired by Anthony Marett, UKCOA Chair
10:30 Zero Emission and Alternative Fuels for Coaches – Claire Haigh, Executive Director and Tim Griffen, Project Manager (Bus and Coach Working Group) ZEMO
10:55 Regulatory Developments – James Backhouse and Ian Jones, Backhouse Jones
11:20 Developments in Coach Manufacturing – Josef Gisslow, Product Director, Volvo 
11:40 Consolidation within the Coach Industry; Friend or Foe? – James Howells, Don’t Travel Empty
12:00 UKCOA’s Driver Academy; The next step– Andy Palmer, A Palmer Associates
12:10 Women in Bus & Coach – Launch of UKCOA Sub-Group – Laura Li, UKCOA
12:20 Developments in Bonded Holidays – David Blake, Blakes Coaches
12:30 Question and Answer Session – Chaired by Tom James UKCOA Vice Chair
Speakers plus David West, Westway Travel and Michelle Whitton-Smith, Head of Community Transport, Coaches and Passenger Experience Policy
12:50 Roundup of Conference – Stephen Telling – President UKCOA
13:30 Network Lunch supplied and sponsored by Volvo; Industry Partner Stands
14:30 Close and Depart

Industry Partner Stands
ShuttleID; Parksafe; DH Team; McCarron Coates; Backhouse Jones; Asset Alliance

The cost for the Dinner, Bed and Breakfast in a double room for sole use is £111.00 per person. Partners and Guests are welcome. Double or twin rooms are £147.

Members and guests can attend the Dinner only for £26 per person.

Members and guests can also register for the Conference only.

Please complete the booking form below to register your place. We look forward to seeing you there.

Annual Dinner and Hotel

Cost for dinner only £26 per person
Cost for dinner bed and breakfast in double room for sole occupancy is £111 per room
Cost for dinner bed and breakfast in double/twin room for two people is £147 per room

An invoice will be issued within 2 working days of receiving your booking form.