New chairman of HTMA announced

The Highways Term Maintenance Association (HTMA) has announced the appointment of Lee Rushbrooke as its new chairman.

He’ll take over the role from Richard Chinn at the start of the New Year.

Rushbrooke, who is chief executive of Colas UK, has been actively involved with the association since 2011, as Committee member and Working Group sponsor. Colas is one of the 13 founder members who set up the association in 2005.

“It is a privilege to be taking on this role and I look forward to leading the association as we develop our revised strategy and implement the delivery of the key objectives,” he said. “Our influence within the industry is spreading and with a bolder, collective voice, we can make a real impact. The members have much to offer the industry in terms of skills and are willing to share knowledge and experience, taking a collaborative approach for the sustainability of highways maintenance and management.

“It is important that we continue to work with other organisations, such as ADEPT, CECA, CBI, CIHT, ORR and Transport Focus, in reinforcing the message to Government of the importance of properly maintained road networks and the contribution they provide to the economy, both locally and nationally. We have established good relationships with key strategic client stakeholders and will work to keep these strong links.”

Chinn, director of Integrated Highways Services at Mott MacDonald, will remain as an ex-officio member of the Executive Board for 12 months. He has been the chairman of HTMA for the past two and a half years through a time of change for the industry as financial pressures for clients have continued unabated and the continuous challenge to deliver efficiencies and become more innovative has attracted great interest.

Chinn stated: “I have enjoyed representing HTMA as the chairman over the past two and a half years and have been encouraged by the progress we have made in developing relationships with key stakeholders and promoting the need for greater collaboration within the industry.

“We have successfully implemented planned talent management initiatives, something I set out to do when I became chairman, which has attracted younger professionals to become active in HTMA. This is vital for the sustainability of the Association and through their input, and hopefully more who will follow, HTMA will benefit from a fresh energy and different perspective.

“Lee brings with him a great deal of experience and knowledge of both public and private sectors, which will benefit the Association. I am confident that through his strong leadership and energy, HTMA will only get stronger,” Chinn added.

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