How are the Awards judged?

The finalists are selected by an independent panel that includes an expert for that sector and a member of the Professional Driver editorial team.
Shortlisted finalists will be chosen from the entries for each category by this judging team.

Meet the judges:

mark bursaMark Bursa

Deputy Editor, Motor Trader, 1986-1990.

Founded Leading Edge Publishing, 1990. Founding Editor of Automotive Management (1990) and Automotive International (1993). Editorial Director 1990-1996.

Winner of Pierre Dreyfus Award (1993).

Leading Edge Publishing was voted 'Small Publishing Company of the Year' in the 1992 PPA Awards.

Left Leading Edge in 1996 to set up Mark 2 Media.

Author of several Financial Times management reports.

Editor FT Automotive Emerging Markets newsletter 1997-2001.

Judging tip:

"More is more, telling the whole story is so important when the judges are looking at each company. Do not hold back and supply as much information as possible"


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Gary Jacobs FCPA

Gary is a Fellow of the Association of Certified Public Accountants and is a director of Drivertax, an accountancy firm that specialises in serving professional drivers. He has over twenty years’ experience of offering business advice within the Chauffeur and Private Hire trade.

He is considered the ‘Go-to expert’ having been involved with all aspects of our industry including sitting as a trade adviser on the Private Hire Board, being involved in the Red Route Campaign, being the official driver accountant for the GMB professional Drivers Branch and The Institute of Professional Drivers and Chauffeurs.

He is regularly featured as an industry authority in leading trade magazines, including of course Professional Driver, he also speaks at many industry events and seminars on tax and finance matters.

Gary brings his vast experience of the financial aspects of this sector to the table. This is Gary’s third year as a Judge with the QSI Awards.


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Steve Sommerfield 

Steve has worked within the Executive car/chauffeur industry for 23 years. Formerly Operations Manager and founder of West One Chauffeur (1995 to 2001) and Operations Manager of Lewis Day Chauffeur (2002 to 2008) Branching off in 2008 to co-found ‘England Limousines’, where he is still Company Director. England Limousines provides services to ultra-High End clientele, and regularly sees the team relocate to other countries to provide their discreet services.

Since 2012 Steve has been heavily involved in Chauffeur Training programs, being a Course Director for the Chauffeur Training Academy in London. England Limousines picked up 4 QSi Awards, and this year Steve is proud to be part of the QSi judging process. Steve has been a regular contributor and has written  articles for the online publication ‘Exec Protect Magazine’.

Gary brings his vast experience of the financial aspects of this sector to the table. This is Gary’s third year as a Judge with the QSI Awards.

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David J.Cabrera

David has held the position of Vice President of British Chauffeurs Guild (BCG) since 1993, his Father Leslie Cabrera founded the BCG in 1983.
The BCG was created as a result of the poor standards of chauffeurs throughout the UK and after carrying out extensive research, it was soon discovered that no authority for chauffeurs had ever existed.

The Guild is dedicated to improving and promoting the interests and reputation of the profession of chauffeuring and its members. The BCG is neither a recognised union nor an association of employees, but is a body designed as a licensing registration authority to record the personal details of its members and also acts as a free advisory service to its members, employers of chauffeurs and any member of the public on any matter related to chauffeuring.

Over the years David & his team at BCG have successfully worked with the logistical requirements of Chauffeurs with various significant organisations and clients and this was highly acknowledged and rewarded when in 2012, BCG were contracted to supply 24 Chauffeurs to service The International Olympic Committee (IOC) for the duration of the games in London driving guests and VIP’s of the IOC.

In 2015, British Chauffeurs Guild were also successful in nominating two Chauffeurs who were Winners of Gold & Bronze placed Awards at Pro Driver QSI 2015 – for Private or Corporate ‘Chauffeur of The Year’, further testament to the high caliber of Chauffeur developed by BCG.