Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, Patron of international transport development charity Transaid will deliver the keynote speech at the Microlise Transport Conference.
The Princess Royal is no stranger to the road haulage industry and in addition to her patronages, has a Class 2 heavy goods vehicle licence and is an honorary member of the Road Haulage Association (RHA).
The Microlise Transport Conference, taking place on 18 May at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, is now the largest road transport conference in Europe and includes a full day’s programme supported by three separate industry workshop areas and a 3,500 square metre industry exhibition space.
“We are honoured to welcome The Princess Royal to the Microlise Transport Conference and would like to thank Transaid for their support in inviting their Patron, in addition to the Transaid Corporate Members who leant their names to our proposal, namely DAF, MAN, the RHA and FTA,” said Bob Harbey, Executive Director, Microlise.
“By attending the conference we want transport professionals to feel they have gained practical knowledge that will benefit them in their day-to-day jobs. The conference remains a place where the big issues are not only discussed and debated, but it also acts as a catalyst for change. The 2016 programme, including The Princess Royal’s contribution, is shaping up to be very exciting indeed,” added Harbey.
The programme will once again be chaired by Quentin Willson, one of Britain’s best-known motoring journalists and personalities and will feature speakers from across the industry including transport operators, industry bodies, government and other key stakeholders.
“We are delighted that Her Royal Highness accepted the invitation. We want to build a world where transport contributes fully to a better quality of life and is accessible to all. The support we receive from the UK transport industry is essential to achieving our aims,“ said Gary Forster, Chief Executive of Transaid.
In recent years, the Microlise Transport Conference has become one of the most important diary dates for transport industry professionals, attracting more than a thousand delegates in 2015. At the event last year Microlise announced it had become a Corporate Member of Transaid and would be supporting the charity with telematics and transport management solutions across its projects in Africa.