The Eric Beverley Bursary

In memory of Eric Beverley CBE DFC – Commercial Director of BAC Weapons Group, President of the Society of British Aerospace Companies and, in 1978, Master Coachmaker. Winners of the Eric Beverley Bursary are invited to the annual Aerospace Dinner to accept their award. Eric Beverley CBE DFC was a director at BAC, President of the Society of British Aerospace Companies and in 1978, our Master. He was involved with Cranfield University and, prior to his death in 1980, was considering Livery support for students. In his memory, then Master Jack Williams OBE established a memorial fund to provide an annual bursary for students at Cranfield who will apply their knowledge in the aerospace industry. The Coachmakers prefers to support aircraft design and production, but other fields are considered. Applicants submit a proposal describing their research activities, give a presentation and answer questions from a panel of judges.

The Sir Frederick Handley Page Scholarship

In memory of the aircraft pioneer and industrialist Sir Frederick Handley Page CBE FRAeS who, among many other achievements, was principal lecturer at City University London and, in 1943, Master Coachmaker.

The Sir Sydney Camm Scholarship

In memory of designer Sir Sydney Camm CBE FRAeS, who designed more than 50 aircraft, from the Hawker Hart of the 1930s, to the iconic Hurricane and Hunter fighters and the Harrier Jump Jet.

The Victor Gauntlett Scholarship

The Victor Gauntlett Scholarship is presented to a young pilot who is keen to forge a career in aviation, and is named after a former Master in recognition of his contribution to the Livery and support for the training of young people.

Victor joined the RAF as a young man and moved on to a successful entrepreneurial career where he founded a petroleum company and rescued Aston Martin Lagonda. His interests included racing a number of vintage Bentleys as well as operating a Spitfire and a Dakota DC3. In 2002 he was appointed Honorary Air Commodore and on completion of his year as Master he was to become Chairman of the Air League. Sadly, he died during his year in office and the Livery lost a great character, a strong leader and generous benefactor whose life had revolved around motoring and flying.

The Sir Geoffrey De Havilland Scholarship

In memory of British aviation pioneer and engineer Captain Sir Geoffrey de Havilland OM CBE AFC RDI FRAeS whose Mosquito, among many other designs is considered the most versatile warplane ever. This scholarship enables a young person displaying a keen interest in aviation to gain a Private Pilot’s Licence in a Tiger Moth.

Motor Car Centenary Bursary Award


In 1985, Master Richard Dallimore established a Motor Car Centenary Fund to provide an annual bursary for an outstanding designer, to support them in advancing their automotive career. The competition is open to automotive design students under the age of 28, or practising designers in the industry. The Royal College of Art manages the competition, and a panel of experts judges the presentations and makes recommendations to the Court.

Davy Foundation Award

The Coachmakers’ Davy Foundation Award is funded by the Davy Foundation trustees through Accountants Smallfield Cody & Co, who allocate an annual sum to the Livery. This is divided between Motorvations – an organisation delivering an alternative educational programme in an automotive workshop environment to marginalised, excluded or at-risk young people who do not fit into other educational systems. Under a separate programme, two other awards go to apprentices demonstrating talent and ability in motor engineering. This is managed through the Sir Henry Royce Memorial Foundation, working with the Rolls-Royce and Bentley Specialists’ Association.

Aerotron Scholarship

The Aerotron Scholarship is designed to help an engineer who has not attended university but entered the industry as an apprentice. The award will make a contribution to the cost of achieving a B1 or B2 licence and help winners into supervisory maintenance.

The Air League Scholarship

The Air League Scholarship was established in memory of the late Capt Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown. It will be awarded to a candidate aspiring to a military – and preferably Royal Naval – flying career.


Winner of the 2018 Award to Industry, Dowty Propellers

The Award to Industry

The Award to Industry was established in 1972 to recognise outstanding contributions to technological advancement in transport, executed with elegance and commercial significance by an individual or organisation.

The award is made annually by the Master at the Award to Industry Dinner, assessed for excellence in design, technical development, innovation or commercial significance.

The Coachmakers’ Man-of-the-Year Award is presented annually to a sailor, soldier or airman each of our affiliated military units. It is made by the individual units to the person who has made the most significant contribution to the unit during the previous year.

The Carriage Driving Award

The purpose of the Company was to maintain standards in the construction, design and maintenance of horse-drawn vehicles and their associated harnesses, and this continues today. Coachmaker awards for outstanding contributions to coach and coach harness making were first presented at the annual British Driving Society Show at Smith’s Lawn in Windsor Great Park in 1979. The award is managed by the Carriage Driving Committee, which was formed in 1982 under Past Master David Shalit.

The Duke of Edinburgh joined the Livery after winning the award in 1986, and since then has been an active member of the Driving Awards Committee. The show takes place at Smith’s Lawn on a Sunday in June when the Livery Cup and certificates are presented.