New chairman for HTMA

Phil Hoare is handing over the leadership of the Highways Term Maintenance Association (HTMA) after two years as chairman.

He has been succeeded by Balfour Beatty Highways Services managing director Tony Gates who has been acting as Deputy Chair for the past year.

Gates said his priorities will be threefold:

To continue with and build on the key strategic role the association plays in the Department for Transport’s Highway Maintenance Efficiency Programme.

To encourage members to continue to contribute collectively to industry consultations and have a leading voice in the debate about the future ownership and organisation of roads, which is being led by DfT and HM Treasury.

For the HTMA organisation to have a further reach into member companies to improve the level and breadth of engagement from individuals to the association.

Gates said: “I’m encouraged by what we have managed to achieve in the last two years and believe that our influence can grow stronger.

“There is undoubtedly much that we, as an association, can offer clients by improving standards, working practices and achieving better outcomes for the sector as a whole.

“By working closely with clients, in true collaborative style, the knowledge and experience from both public and private sectors is very powerful and, coupled with innovative thinking, should deliver solutions for any challenge the industry faces.”

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