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AIA appoints new chairman

Rick Green

Rick Green takes over from Alan Mackenzie, who has stepped down after five years as chairman

THE Asphalt Industry Alliance (AIA) has today [27 September] announced the appointment of Rick Green as its new chairman.

Mr Green, managing director of Hanson Contracting, has taken over from Alan Mackenzie, who has stepped down after five years in the position.

The AIA, a partnership between the Mineral Products Association (MPA) and Eurobitume UK, was established in 2000 to increase awareness of the asphalt industry and its activities, as well as the uses and benefits of asphalt.

A key part of the AIA’s activity is the Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance (ALARM) survey, which helps to raise awareness of maintenance and funding issues.

It also supports the All Party Parliamentary Group on Highways, which seeks to promote understanding and awareness of the economic importance of the highway network, as well as the safety, social and environmental benefits that properly maintained roads provide.

Mr Green has more than 25 years’ operational and commercial experience in the highway construction and maintenance sector. His background is in civil engineering and he has held a number of senior positions within the asphalt industry.

‘I am delighted to have taken over as chairman of the AIA,’ he said. ‘It is recognized as an authoritative voice on industry issues and has played a significant role in promoting the benefits of planned, preventative maintenance and the need for long-term funding commitments from central government.

‘I would like to thank Alan for his sterling work in raising the importance of these issues with key influencers. There is no doubt that the AIA’s campaigning has made an impact and we support the security of funding that is now in place for local authorities, as well as the Government’s move to redirect funds from Vehicle Excise Duty into local road maintenance from 2021.

‘We will continue to keep up the momentum, as there is still a long way to go when it comes to securing the road network we need to support vibrant communities and local economies.’

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