Asphalt group appoints new chairman

September 28, 2017 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ News

Rick Green

The Asphalt Industry Alliance (AIA) has announced the appointment of a new Chairman. Hanson Contracting managing director Rick Green takes over the role from Alan Mackenzie who is stepping down after five years in the position.

Rick has over 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 recognised 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.”

The AIA is a partnership between the Mineral Products Association and Eurobitume UK. It 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 its activity is the Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance (ALARM) survey, which helps to raise awareness of maintenance and funding issues. The AIA also supports the All Party Parliamentary Group on Highways, which seeks to promote understanding and awareness of the economic importance of highways as well as the safety, social and environmental benefits that properly maintained roads provide.

Rick also thanked Alan Mackenzie for his work with the Alliance. “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,” he added.

“We will continue to keep the momentum up, 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.”