Major changes ahead for leading contractors’ body

One of key trade bodies for the highways industry, the Highways Term Maintenance Association (HTMA), is set to undergo governance reform this year as well as produce key best practice documents and make a major push to raise its profile.

Following a strategic review, the HTMA part time executive director role will evolve into a full-time chief executive role.

This chief executive will be required to provide strategic guidance, maintain and build on the existing stakeholder relationship and be a public advocate for HTMA. It is anticipated this role will be in place by Autumn of 2017.

The Committee – top tier of HTMA structure containing one representative per member company – will continue to set the overall strategic direction and priorities of the association.

The Executive Team – next level down and linked with secretariat – will be charged with managing the day to day business of HTMA, and overseeing the working groups. The team will manage stakeholder interests and be responsible for ensuring key messages are communicated timely and effectively.

In the HTMA’s annual report 2016-17 it suggests that by coordinating these activities through one group, ‘we will achieve the aim of being faster to respond, in a stronger position to stimulate debate and increase our influence’.

Upcoming projects include:

  • HTMA has also announced plans to develop best practice guidance for better use of asset data and the benefits from collaboration with other data users
  • To produce a Road Space Utilisation paper incorporating working windows plus the role of communications
  • To address and support any ‘necessary updates to Highways Maintenance Efficiency Programme (HMEP)’ standard contract documents’ and to promote a collaborative contracting strategy together with the HMEP’s legacy
  • To develop waste guidance on tar bound material
  • To produce guidance notes on relevant legislative changes that impact on members’ businesses
  • To re-introduce its one-day conference
  • To collate best practice and lessons learnt on implementing PAS2080 – Carbon Management in Infrastructure – thought to be the world’s first standard for managing infrastructure carbon
  • To progress and complete sustainability KPIs for contract documents
  • To review and refresh the HTMA Sustainability Charter and associated KPIs.

HTMA chairman and chief executive of Colas, Lee Rushbrooke said: ‘We will streamline our internal management arrangements, appoint a full time chief executive and refocus our working groups.

‘The amended structure of oru committees will enable us to make more effective use of our member expertise and time, and continue to build our influence with key industry decision makers.

‘A strong focus for HTMA during 2017-18 will be on rebalancing the emphasis on health, and to elevate the awareness of health issues within the industry to the same level that safety issues are currently given.’

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