Highways columnist Steve Gooding will be the president of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in the UK (CILT(UK)) for 2021.
Mr Gooding, who is also director of the RAC Foundation and a Trustee of the Rees Jeffreys Road Fund, will begin his one-year presidency at the start of the year as the transition arrangements for the UK’s departure from the EU end.
CILT said that alongside the board of directors and its vice presidents, Mr Gooding will promote the organisation as ‘the essential home for those involved in the movement of goods and people, and their associated supply chains’.
It added that he will build on ‘the significant work of his predecessor, Paul Sainthouse, who helped steer the Institute through the coronavirus pandemic, supported the work on merging CILT(UK) and CILT International and led the Institute during its centenary year in 2019’.
Mr Gooding said: ‘After several years serving as a vice president of CILT, I have come to know the Institute well and I am honoured to be made president. 2021 looks set to be a year when the skills of CILT members will be tested to the full as we start to emerge from the Covid-19 crisis, and we exit the EU.
‘I am keen to see CILT continue to support its members by promoting best practice, providing training and awarding qualifications to deliver on the Institute’s core mission to deliver professionalism in motion.’
Chief executive Kevin Richardson said: ‘I am delighted to welcome Steve Gooding as the new president of CILT(UK). Steve’s experience and expertise will help lead CILT into a new era, as we work to develop our professions in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and promote the importance of this great profession.’
Prior to his appointment at the RAC Foundation in 2015, Mr Gooding was director general at the Department for Transport.